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Rules & Timeline

Find out how it works

The Deadlines:
  • Entry Period: October 15th - January 15th
  • Panel Judging: January 16th - January 23rd
  • Crowd Judging:
    • Semi-finalists Voting Round: January 24th - February 24th
    • Finalists Voting Round: February 26th - March 26th
  • Winners announced: March 31st
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Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who currently owns a business or is planning to start one.


In order to access the application form, you must be a registered "Regular" member of Idea Cafe, and not previously have received a cash grant directly from Idea Cafe. (Prior Idea Cafe grant finalists and semi-finalists are welcome to apply for this new grant.)

How will the winners be selected?

  1. After the application period concludes on January 15th 2014, all entries will be screened for conformity to the official guidance. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified. Approved entries will be posted for public voting in the semi-finalists voting round.
  2. The top 10 companies who received the highest numbers of votes will advance to the final round of this grant competition where the ultimate grant winner and the recipients of the additional prizes will be determined by the public.

Will individuals be able to vote for multiple businesses?

Each person only gets one vote - so choose carefully which company you think has the most potential and will use the money best!

*All companies who break the rules will be disqualified.