Budding entrepreneurs pitch their bright ideas
BUDDING entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to the TV cameras at a Dragons Den-style event in Grimsby.
The Big Idea competition at Freshney Place was organised by business support agency E-Factor in the lead-up to Humber Business Week, which starts today.
Scores of people shared their ideas for new businesses in front of the camera, recording two-minute videos that will be uploaded onto the E-Factor website from today.
The ten ideas to achieve the most votes from members of the public will then be considered by the E-Factor board, with the overall winner receiving an iPad 2 as well as free business advice.
E-Factor enterprise coach Ashley Raywood, who attended both days of the event on Friday and Saturday, said: "As a prelude to Humber Business Week we wanted to get as many people as possible to pitch their ideas for something that North East Lincolnshire needs and that might change the way we work in this area.
"We want people to think that this is something they can do. We often find people with a great idea in their head but without the confidence to share it and move it forward.
"Our aim is to raise the entrepreneurial spirit in the area and to encourage people to think of enterprise and self-employment as an option.
"We have been encouraging people to pitch their idea, no matter how big or small, and if they want to take it further then E-Factor will provide business start-up support.
"Everybody has got a good business idea in them and we can help them make it a reality."
Fellow enterprise coach Helena Rolf said: "Some people have got wonderful ideas but they lack the confidence to make them a reality.
"We run initial courses for people getting started, and if they want to take their idea further we follow them through the various stages in getting them ready before passing onto a business adviser."
The two-minute video clips will be uploaded onto the E-Factor website at 9am today, and members of the public will have two weeks in which to vote for their favourite idea.
The filming was carried out by Cleethorpes-based production company Eastcoast Pictures.
Managing director Julia Thompson, whose previous TV experience includes working on Dragons Den and the X-Factor, said: "E-Factor was looking to encourage people who wouldn't normally engage with business to share their bright ideas, and our role was to come up with ideas to help them do that.
"We created a pod inspired by something I did on the X-Factor to add a bit of fun. Running a business is fun and I think business and filming work really well together. We have brought a taste of Dragons Den to Freshney Place, only less scary.
"It's just about getting letting people know about their ideas. They might want to set up their own business or simply have a great idea they want to share."