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The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (BIPC) has 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 Delta Hotels by Marriott in Huntingdon on 6 March 2024.

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Platinum, Gold and Silver Jumpstart winners for 2024

Huntingdonshire cohort

Platinum Winner - £10K grant: David Duker - RISE. Youth Coaching. Through trusted coaching techniques, we empower young people to rise to their challenges and build a future full of possibility.

Gold Winner - £6K grant: Matthew and Sarah-Jane Hilton - Brimstone Energy. We help clients navigate the Green Energy Transition; living by our values of Trust, Integrity & Quality and treating the customer's home as a holistic system, we help people minimise their energy demands on the one hand, and maximise their adoption of smart green technologies on the other hand, thereby saving money and saving the planet.

Silver Winner - £4K grant: Christine Smith - Black Barn Ceramics & Glass. A creative Art Glass & Ceramics manufacturing workshop, funded by various income streams such as sales and teaching.

South Cambridgeshire cohort

Platinum Winner - £10K grant: Chris Jefferson - Retro Mold. An arts and craft business using models based on historic forms of transport to be sold online and via personal selling. The model kits can also be used as therapeutic and educational resources in the community.

Gold Winner - £6K grant: Miae Roh & Suliman Boulos - Puddle Technology. Developing an innovative medical device

Silver Winner - £4K grant: Karl Lattion & Kelly Game - Highland Cow Cottage Limited. We offer highland themed cow afternoon teas, education on cattle and visits, where people are travelling from all over the UK to see our fur babies.

All other districts (Cambridge City, East Cambs, Fenland and Peterborough) cohort

Platinum Winner - £10K grant: Karla Polk - Rewind DJ School delivers inclusive DJ workshops taught by an experienced professional DJ in collaboration with organisations for youth projects, alternative provisions, colleges, and other community events.

Gold Winner - £6K grant: Tasnime Rotherham and Raziya Jennings. MumTas. A mother and daughter who share a deep love for South Asian street food and the vibrant culinary heritage of Uganda have collaborated to craft an exceptional and flavourful vegan culinary adventure for everyone to enjoy.

Silver Winner - £4K grant: Sally Field & Ingrid Fawcett. Midlife360 CIC is an innovative Social Enterprise designed to support women in midlife to thrive in work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Bronze winners

Huntingdonshire cohort

£1K grant: Andrew House & Marlo Gilbert - River & Raven CIC. A conscious and connection coffee shop, a teaching space for and provider of wellbeing practices and retailing supporting products.

£1K grant: Nathanael Spalding - Bright Circle Learning. We build positive futures through creative learning.

£1K grant: Sharon Lapao - Parent Evolution. Coaching support for Parents and Carers.

£1K grant: Chris Uff - Demochanics. A training company that teaches sales professionals how to deliver highly effective customer facing product demonstrations.

£1K grant: Ramune Mimiene & Auguste Mimaite - LazyCatKis. Planning on making sustainable cat homes from ethically sourced materials which are to be handmade using boxes, tape, sisal scratcher rope that could be added in any corners to ensure that our pets (in this case cats) do not destroy furniture.

South Cambridgeshire cohort

£1,666.66 grant: Leanne Orlebar - MagNoPlay. A children’s imaginative toy that saves space and has multiple purposes.

£1,666.66 grant: Nicola Allen - Cambridge Microgreens. I have an urban farm and I am a primary producer of microgreens, that I grow, harvest and sell to local restaurants, hotels and individual customers.

£1,666.66 grant: Rafmary Maria Millan Reyes Baker - Cambridge Business Online. An early-stage educational enterprise operating in South Cambridgeshire, taking on the challenge of bringing 'future skills' for all. We will achieve this through skills training, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and careers support for those aiming to gracefully surf this wave of digital transformation, also known as the fourth industrial revolution.

All other districts (Cambridge City, East Cambs, Fenland and Peterborough) cohort

£1K grant: Ayyaz Kauser - Medical Forms & Notes. Taxi and D4 medical forms completed as well as assistance with explaining medical notes.

£1K grant: Jasmin Bannister & David Oliver Cortadellas - Rakun Ltd. An e-commerce luxury and sustainable clothing brand using tech to inspire a community of forward-thinking minds.

£1K grant: Natasha Brockman - Brockman Media. Providing professional and affordable creative services for small businesses and startups to help establish their brand, services and products in the competitive digital landscape.

£1K grant: Nick Lancaster - Upable. "If Dragon's Den and Kickstarter met on Tinder and procreated."

£1K grant: Robyn Wilton - Bleed On It. Digestible information on menstrual health and living cyclically via events, workshops and supper clubs.

Jumpstart is a unique programme offering grants, resources and support designed to help start-up businesses jump-start. It aims to help start-up and pre-start businesses move forward with confidence, while also acknowledging that funding is often crucial to these businesses.

The programme was open to entrepreneurs and start-up business owners already operating, or planning to start, a business based in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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The BIPC: Jumpstart 2024 ceremony