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Are you ready to take the leap?

Are you setting the pace in the entrepreneurial market place?

We want young dynamic people with fresh, innovative, high growth business ideas, who are ready to take the leap to turn their idea into a reality.

In 2008, the Big Leap Competition is focusing on entrepreneurial ideas within the leading market sectors of:-

  • Information Technology
  • New Media
  • Creative Industries
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Product Innovation and Manufacturing


The Big Leap is open for young people aged between 18-30.

Ten finalists will be selected in the North and South to participate in the competition in London and Manchester. Two finalists will be chosen per market sector.

The Big Leap aims to energize and prepare you to get up and go, with a focus on interactive learning, coaching and peer group support.

The support package consists of:-

  • Get Plugged In Coaching Circles - Four group coaching circles during April to September delivered by a Striding Out Coach.
  • Training to develop a Business Plan- A five day apprentice-style business bootcamp between 21st - 25th April facilitated by professional experts.
  • Membership to the Striding Out community - One year membership and access to events throughout the year
  • £500 prize reward will be given to one overall winner who achieves the highest score for their business plans when they are judged in September 2008.
  • The winner for each category will be invited to participate in an investment readiness package provided by Angels Den.

The 2008 Contenders have now been announced....find out more below.


 Eiman Munro- Winner 2007

Loop Card Games is an educational enterprise that aims to make card games for use in lessons in schools and colleges throughout the UK. The card games are ready made for lessons that complement the National Curriculum. Over 6,000 games have been used all over the UK. Eiman Munro is a science teacher who has brought this idea to the education industry. Playing cards is a classic medium used by all ages from child to adult.

"The Big Leap programme has kept me on track and motivated to finish by business plan to help me secure investment. Striding Out has given me access to really useful experts, tools, supportive peers and contacts to boost my business. It is helping many businesses all over the UK - and it has definately helped mine."

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