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Stimulating Entrepreneurship in Britain

Posted on Monday, Apr 30th 2012

You have probably read in the press that UK is going into a double-dip recession.

Well, to stimulate entrepreneurship in the UK, 1M/1M is partnering with A&N Media, part of DMGT, Britain’s largest media group.

As part of this effort, A&N Media will be awarding a series of 1M/1M scholarships to entrepreneurs in Britain.

A&N Media connects with over 45% of the UK’s adult population with more than 130 million consumer touch points per month. In addition to leading newspaper titles such as the Daily Mail, and Metro, their portfolio includes over 200 websites and apps covering news, property and recruitment, including MailOnline, FindaProperty.com, Jobsite.co.uk, LocalPeople and Wowcher.

MailOnline is the largest newspaper site in the world with 31.7m monthly UK Unique Browsers and has risen by +338% over last 3 yrs. Globally, the site attracts an impressive 90.1m monthly Unique Browsers with 824m global page views. The iPhone and iPad App are packed full of amazing breaking news, show business gossip, glitzy pictures and fantastic sports stories that have made Mail Online a must-have part of millions of people’s lives. On a monthly basis the Full Mail Connected portfolio reaches 20 million readers.

To launch this initiative, A&N Media and TechHub are joining forces to bring you Battle Of The Start-ups on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in London. Leading start-ups will have the chance to pitch to a panel of judges including myself and a team from A&N Media during a 1M/1M roundtable session. The most innovative and promising companies will be awarded a one-year scholarship to the 1M/1M education and incubation program for entrepreneurs. Come to learn about some of the most exciting start-ups in the world of technology and hear from leading industry experts. Deadline for submitting an application to pitch is May 7. You can find more details here and can REGISTER HERE. You can find the application form for this contest here.

In addition to TechHub, there will be ongoing 1M/1M roundtables that A&N Media will be co-hosting with other entrepreneur groups in the UK. A&N Media, in partnership with 1M/1M, will also be awarding ongoing 1M/1M scholarships, as well as creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to reach its large footprint of consumers and businesses. If you are a local entrepreneurship development organization in the UK (clubs, students, alumni associations, etc.), please contact Maureen Kelly at maureen@sramanamitra.com and Kim Roditi at kim.roditi@anmedia.co.uk to discuss an event for your organization.

UK Entrepreneurs with Internet and Mobile businesses – this is a great opportunity for you to gain leverage, with future possibilities of channel partnerships, funding, and M&A. Please think through your synergies with the A&N Media properties and how you can best leverage their reach to bring your product to market. This is an outstanding opportunity for B-C entrepreneurs to bring their products to market.

 

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Wow, this sounds like an exciting competition. A bit like Dragon's Den! Will be interested to hear who wins and what the projects are. I'm not an entrepreneur myself – just a desk bound worker with a few hobbies – but I like reading about this sort of thing, and think the UK definitely needs more entrepreneurs with the economy how it is right now.

Alex Chandler Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM PT