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Winners announced for Jumpstart grants programme

02 December 2022

The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (BIPC) has today confirmed the winners of the annual Jumpstart programme.

Winners of the initiative, which invites new businesses to pitch to a panel of judges for funding opportunities, were presented with their prizes at a special ceremony at the Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon yesterday evening.

The BIPC Jumpstart winners for 2022 are:

Platinum Winner - £10K grant: Jonathan Strauss (Glasshouse Gardening) - a garden maintenance business operated by a highly skilled, qualified and professional gardener, offering residential and commercial sectors a wide variety of services.

Gold Winner - £6K grant: Dexter D'Apollonio (Get Weird Garms) - a business which sells second-hand streetwear/vintage designer clothes through its website, online and physical shop.

Silver Winner - £4K grant: Toby Gardner (Gigin) - a website making gig-booking fast, reliable and more cost effective for musicians and venues.

Five Bronze Winners - £1K grant

Pauline Leung - A confidence coaching business, which supports East and Southeast Asian women to build sustainable confidence habits.

Liliia Pochkun and Olena Sydoruk, (Borsch to go) - a franchise selling traditional Ukrainian borsch soup, with half of their net profits going to a fund for Ukraine.

Katie Barker (The Sorting Sage) - a decluttering and organising business, focused on providing both physical and emotional support for clients, with a specialism in Hoarding Disorders and Bereavement Support.

Simon Clark (Social Media Wow) - an online portal offering free and paid resources, subscriptions, videos, training and management for business owners/start-ups in Cambridgeshire.

Inge Hunter (Clue Content) - offers content creation and marketing support for micro, small and medium sized businesses.

BIPC Cambridgeshire & Peterborough also worked with intellectual property attorney Venner Shipley LLP to offer a small number of part-funded trade mark grants as part of the programme. The three winners were Simon Clark, Pauline Leung (who are both part of the main grants) and Stephen Blackwell, founder of High Street Safari.

Three pitch judges scored each shortlisted applicant on the merit of their pitch, before confirming the final grant recipients. The BIPC Jumpstart pitch judges were:

  • Danielle Bridge – Founder and Chief Executive of ABC Life Support

  • Chris George – Hub Manager for Growth Works

  • Paul Pankhurst – CEO for DogNBone

Speaking after receiving his prize, Jonathan Strauss said: "This feels fantastic! I'm very honoured to be here tonight and to get this award is amazing, it's still sinking in really. Pitching to the judges was a unique experience and something I won't forget in a hurry, but I've really enjoyed the whole experience and would like to thank everyone involved with the Jumpstart programme who has helped me from the very start. Gardening is my passion and having won this award I can look to drive my business forwards, so I'm excited for the future."

Speaking on behalf of the BIPC Jumpstart pitch judges, Danielle Bridge said: “It was a real honour for my fellow judges and I to meet such a great mixture of businesses. Each business owner delivered their pitch with real passion; and choosing the final winners was very hard, but I would like to say a big well done to everyone who entered and has been involved in organising a fantastic programme."

To be eligible, business owners needed to fully engage in at least three BIPC sessions from the live seven week programme, before submitting their BIPC Jumpstart application form and responses to the five critical questions. Eligibility criteria also required that businesses had to be registered in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough on or after 1 November 2021, or those that will be registered and trading within two months of receiving a grant. 

BIPC Cambridgeshire & Peterborough also worked with intellectual property attorney Venner Shipley LLP to offer a small number of part-funded trade mark grants as part of the programme.

The BIPC Jumpstart programme was developed by The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, part of Cambridgeshire Libraries. The programme was launched in November 2021 – offering grants, resources and support designed to help start-up businesses get set and grow. More about the programme is available to view at the BIPC Jumpstart web-page, with an array of pre-event promotions showcased on social media using the hashtag #BIPCjumpstart.

The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough provides free and low-cost business support and advice to start-up business owners, entrepreneurs, and inventors. For more information visit here.