Entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK are encouraged to submit a 12-page business plan describing an innovative new technology, product or service that will help improve the efficiency, productivity or sustainability of agriculture and horticulture.
The objective of GROW is to support the development of innovative, investable commercial concepts that have the potential to become new businesses. All those that register an expression of interest will benefit from the support of an experienced mentor to help them to develop the business plan.
With prizes that include business support, rent-free accommodation and access to expert help to make the plans a commercial reality – and £1,000 for the winning entry – GROW is designed to encourage and support the leaders of future agri-tech businesses.
Process and key dates
- Register your expression of interest by: 14th March
- Deadline for entries: 29th April
- Final presentation: 22nd June
Applicants must register an expression of interest by 14th March 2016 and will be assigned an expert mentor to talk through the competition and help them develop their idea and the plan. Applicants that have not pre-registered are not eligible to submit a plan to the competition.
Once the competition has closed, a panel of experts will short-list a number of plans to go through to the Final.
The Final on 22nd June will take place at Throws Farm Technology Centre, and will comprise a 10-minute presentation about each plan, followed by questions from the Judging Panel. The winners will be announced the same day.
You can find all the information about GROW in this handy pdf document.