MEA Start Up and Innovate competition now open

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As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mid and East Antrim (MEA) Borough Council are holding a competition to identify and recognise innovation exhibited by early-stage micro-enterprises within the borough area

The competition is open to micro-enterprises (with 10 employees or less) in any sector that have been trading for no longer than two years (as of 1 November 2021).

Applicants should demonstrate innovation resulting in positive outcomes such as:

  • reduced environmental impacts / improved sustainability
  • effectively responding to market challenges resulting from the pandemic
  • reduced costs and/or increased profitability
  • introduction of new processes, products or services
  • successful entry into new markets


Three awards are available:

  • 1st place - £1,000 plus specialist business mentoring and PR to raise the profile of your business
  • 2nd place - £500 plus specialist business mentoring
  • 3rd place - £250 plus specialist business mentoring

Winners are expected to spend the prize money on developing their business. Applicants will be asked how they propose to spend the first prize of £1,000 as part of the selection process.

How to apply?

To apply, you should request an entry form from and submit it before the deadline, which is 17:00 Sunday, 24 October 2021.

As part of the application, you should complete and submit the Innovate NI self-assessment before the deadline.

Up to six entries will be shortlisted and invited to pitch to selection panel. Winners will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week (8 to 14 November 2021).

Find out more about the Start Up and Innovate competition.

First published 5 October 2021