Winners announced for BIPC Jumpstart grant programme

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Find out who has been awarded £5k of funding and additional prizes to support their business growth

The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough confirmed the winners of the BIPC Jumpstart programme last week, further to a live final pitching event at their regional centre in Cambridge Central Library on Monday 28 February 2021.

Eight shortlisted businesses were invited to pitch to a panel of business leader judges, with four winners each awarded £5k of funding and additional prizes to support their business growth.

The BIPC Jumpstart winners are:

  • Annika Bennett, Acben Music – Cambridge
  • Amy Corney, Acorn Flower Farm – Ramsey
  • Lisa Kent, REUSE2GO – Cambridge
  • Rebekah Watson, Rebekah Daven Photography – Wyton

The winning businesses are situated within Cambridgeshire and each works in a distinct sector – from education to farming, sustainable logistics and photography.

As the creator of Acben Music, Cambridge’s Annika Bennett is set to launch a unique online education platform for instrument tuition; with her grant enabling her to develop a prototype of the site.

As the driving force behind Acorn Flower Farm in Ramsey, Amy Corney has cultivated a cut flower farm that sells seasonal and sustainable flowers and foliage directly to customers and florists. With a grant now confirmed, Amy can purchase and install a commercial polytunnel on her farm.

Cambridge based REUSE2GO, led by Lisa Kent and co-Founder Luisa is a digital “return and reuse” logistics system for takeaway food and drink containers; with grant support now in place for software development, legal, and operational costs.

The lifestyle portrait photography business Rebekah Daven Photography owned and operated by Rebekah Watson specialises in equestrian images showcasing the relationship between a horse and its rider. Start-up equipment, marketing, and insurances are all now ensured thanks to the BIPC Jumpstart grant.

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