Application process

Application stages

Here is a description of the key activities, stages and deadlines for the competition.


Before you begin

— Check you are eligible
— Check the deadlines and plan how much time you will need to complete the application. Don’t leave submitting to the last minute as it will be harder to complete the application if you are rushed.
— Make use of the Resources page, covering everything from financial forecasting to common business terms and how to deliver an effective pitch.
Book a spot at a virtual or face-to-face support session to receive additional support and advice
Familiarise yourself with the online application, including helpful tips and hints on the application form itself.
— Look at the Terms and Conditions to see what we will expect from you if you are successful.
— Consider what the judging panel will be looking for and try to see if your answers demonstrate what they would like to support.
— Use plain English and explain things as clearly as you can.
— Keep your answers to a maximum of 300 words.
— Be careful that you do not repeat yourself too many times. Don’t worry if you are given a word or page limit that you don’t reach. Succinct, efficient and to the point is often the best way.
— Don’t worry if some questions are too advanced. As applicants will be coming from a range of starting points, we understand that some respondents will be further ahead than others in being able to answer some of the questions. Just fill in as much as you can according to what is relevant and where you are at with your creative enterprise.
— Before you submit your online application, check that you have you uploaded the video pitch.
We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you require additional support to be able to participate in the award, please contact us by email at
We look forward to hearing from you.
Good luck.


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