LEVELUP 2021 pitch comp Terms & Conditions
The pitch competition is open to any early-stage ‘startup’ based within Northern Ireland, whose business launched after March 2018 and which has raised less than £100k in grants, funds or investments.
‘Startup’ here is defined as those businesses that have been in operation /trading for 36 months or less and can be at the concept, MVP or launched stage.*
Persons who are not currently resident in NI may enter the Competition as long as the primary business activity is registered, established and based within NI.
The organiser of the competition, Startacus trading as TheEmployable Ltd, (“Organiser”) reserves the right to withhold prizes until this condition is met.
Shortlisted NI startups who apply to the competition must be available to pitch to a group of judges during the week commencing 12th April* so that their pre-recorded pitch can be viewed on the 21st or 22nd April. (*Exact day/time tbc).
Startup founders / or a senior representative of the team must also be available to join a live Zoom session currently scheduled for 3.40pm - 4.10pm on 22nd April when the LEVELUP startup winner will be announced.
Pitch applications close at 11.59pm 11th April 2021 and startups may also be shortlisted by Startacus before this final date. Shortlisting decisions are final and any startups who miss the application closing date will only be invited to pitch if pitching slots become available.
‘The LEVELUP 2021’ pitch competition is administered by the organiser, Startacus. Employees of Startacus or anyone else directly connected with the competition may not enter the competition. A DCSDC employee or a brand sponsor employee may apply if not directly connected to the event and competition.
The winning startup will be awarded with a £2000 cash prize. The startup must have a bank account for this prize fund to be administered. The payment will take up to two weeks to be administered and an invoice from the startup to TheEmployable Ltd (Startacus) is expected.
These Terms and Conditions can be reviewed and updated.
* We are happy to review a startup's eligibility on a case by case basis. E.G. If a company registered as a business in January 2018, but did not start working on that business until April 2018, some flexibility may be applied.