Urban Element's Digital Den: £40,000 of Digital Expertise on Offer

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Starting today, we are searching Oxfordshire for the wave of digital businesses. Urban Element are proud to announce Urban Element’s Digital Den, an exciting opportunity that will give three young organisations the tools to succeed online.

On offer is a chance for three businesses to receive our expertise in web design, support and marketing worth £40,000. This fund is being split into three categories, supporting young talented entrepreneurs, community minded individuals, and Seed Funded innovative businesses who are ready to take the next step.

The investment opportunity will allow winners to increase their business knowledge, make useful business connections for the future, and receive the funding and expertise to help make their business an online success.   

Championing Digital Excellence in Oxfordshire

Urban Element are proud to support businesses and organisations in Oxfordshire. This means that we are heavily involved in the Oxfordshire Business Network and we are always looking for exciting and successful businesses to work with. In our 11 years we have worked with nearly 200 Oxfordshire organisations to maximise their online presence, delivering close to 300 digital projects.

In this time we have worked with a variety of organisations from start-ups and new businesses, to fully established, high end brands such as FOCUS Oxford LLP and AirTanker LTD. Our investment into research and development allows us to work with new technologies and allows us to fulfill another of our core values, Return on Investment (ROI) - We Bring a Strong Commercial Understanding, Delivery and Results to our Clients. Read the Urban Element Story to learn more about who we are and where we have come from.

Three Funded Categories and Eligibility

The fund is being split between three categories, each searching for the very best digital organisations. The fund will be split between chosen applicants in three unique categories.

The Urban Element Young Digital Entrepreneur Fund: Prize = Small business website + 12 months of SEO and quarterly mentoring sessions

This fund will be awarded to young, creative entrepreneurs with a strong idea for a business. The fund is open for applicants from all industries who are ready for the next step that will turn their business ideas into a reality. The website will follow our Urban Elephant process and include a 12 month subscription to our Online Marketing service an well and quarterly mentoring sessions with our Directors Jon Ellard and Natasha Ellard that will help you drive your business forward. 

Eligibility

• You are aged 18 – 24 

• You are based in Oxfordshire

• You have not yet started trading or have not been trading for more than 6 months 

• Your business model relies on a website and your digital presence

The Urban Element Digital Community Minded Fund: Prize = Small business website + 12 months of Support and Development work and quarterly mentoring sessions

This fund celebrates young people who wish to make a difference to the community. Entrants can include Charities, Not For Profit Organisations, Community Interest Companies, and Social Enterprises. Successful applicants will know their concept inside out, and make a compelling case for their organisation. The website will follow our Urban Elephant process and include a 12 month subscription to our Support and Development service an well and quarterly mentoring sessions with our Directors Jon Ellard and Natasha Ellard that will help you drive your organisation to success

Eligibility

•  You are aged 18+

•  You are based in Oxfordshire 

• You have not yet started trading or have not been trading for more than 6 months 

• Your business will have genuine benefit for the Oxford Community 

• Your business model relies on a website and your digital presence

The Urban Element Business Innovation Fund: Prize = Core Business Website + 12 months of Support and Development work

This Fund is for new or young businesses who have what it takes to make a big impact. The website will require bespoke or e-Commerce functionality. Successful candidates will have an ambitious and well thought out business plan, proof of concept, and have completed or are in the process completing application for Seed Funding or the Angel Investment process. The website will follow our Core Business process and include a 12 month subscription to our Support and Development service an well and quarterly mentoring sessions with our Directors Jon Ellard and Natasha Ellard that will help you drive your organisation to success

Eligibility

·         You are aged 18 +

·         You are based in Oxfordshire

·         You have not yet started trading or have been trading for less than one year

·         You have proof of concept and are ready to take to market

·         Your business aims to cater to a national or international audience

·         You are in the Seed Funding or Angel Investment process

·         Your online presence will be a major factor of your company’s success


How the Competition will work

The competition will be split into stages. The initial stage of the funding process will run from the 17th of November to the 31st of January where candidates will be invited to apply for the funding.

Following the application we will short list up to 10 applicants from each fund to pitch their ideas to us during the first two weeks of March. This pitch will be a 30 minute presentation slot followed by 10 minutes for our judging panel to ask for more details.

After the pitching, all applicants will be invited to an awards ceremony at the beginning of April where we will announce the winners. In attendance will be business people from around Oxfordshire giving all applicants the chance to network and make connections for the future.

5 Tips to Succeed

Be concise – In the initial form you will have the opportunity to introduce your business to us in a sentence. That one sentence will be the main factor in your success, so make it a good one!
Know your business – During the pitch we will be quizzing successful entries on all aspects about their chosen business and their field of expertise. Pre-empting these questions and having detailed answers will put entrants in a better position to win.

Understand your required web presence – This fund is open to businesses that see their digital presence as being important. During the pitch we will be looking for candidates who understand how their website will work and where their further digital presence will fit within your business model.

Have fun – We are looking for enthusiastic, creative individuals or groups to pitch their ideas to us and convince the judging panel that they are the business who deserve funding. Entrants who wish to be successful will need to show that they have the passion, initiative and drive to make their business a success.

Get in Touch – join the conversation on social media where we will be talking about the fund, and giving hints and tips with #UEDigitalDen. If you have any questions, email us on douglas@urbanelement.com.

Apply Now

Enter now to earn your share of £40,000 in digital expertise. Just read the Terms and Conditions and fill out this form to be considered.

Jon Ellard
- Director

A results driven, self-motivated and resourceful director with a proven ability to develop and strengthen client relationships. With 14 years marketing experience Jon’s main focus is to ensure clients receive return on investment from their online investment. Jon has excellent people skills and possesses the valuable ability to explain technically-complex subjects and make them comprehensible.

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