Orange a running a competition to find new Different Business and are looking for business or projects that has the following characteristics: -
a different approach to running the business
a robust business model
a clear strategy for the project/business
evidence of a market for the project/business
a pitch that demonstrates the applicant has the necessary skills to succeed
an idea that is worth funding and could be the UK's next different business
The prizes on offer are :-
business planning advice and mentoring from Kingston Smith
mobile communications devices and plans from Orange
marketing consultancy from Publicis Chemistry
legal advice from Lewis Silkin
All that adds up to £200,000 and covers off a years worth of support, which can get pretty well any business off the ground.
Orange have been in operation since 1994 (when the main 2 players were Vodafone and Cellnet and nobody thought that a company named after a fruit/colour would do so well) and they've always made their mark by being different.
The competition, to UK individuals (over 18) and companies, is a great way to get noticed and for people who just have got good ideas to turn them into a reality.
There are various incubators in the UK now and winning this competition is like getting into a private incubator for a whole year. Even existing businesses will gain from entering.