To support innovation and Jersey’s growing digital economy, Digital Jersey has launched a competition in association with NatWest, to provide a year’s small business membership and a workspace, for two digital entrepreneurs.

The competition will enable two entrepreneurs to work from the Digital Jersey Hub, using all the facilities available to small business members. There will also be mentoring and networking opportunities on offer along with financial mentoring from the team at NatWest.

Keith Forrest, Director Business and Premium Banking, NatWest said, “We work closely with many small businesses and know the value of the right working environment and networking. With this competition we hope to be able to support and encourage innovative entrepreneurs in Jersey who are starting businesses that will help grow and diversify our economy for the benefit of everyone. “

The competition is open to entrepreneurs who are just starting, or have recently started a digital business and wish to take it on the next step. Winners will be entitled to work out of the Digital Jersey Hub on a dedicated desk and make use of the facilities there:

  • Dedicated desk with 24/7 access to the DJ Hub
  • Mentor support scheme
  • Free Gigabit wifi
  • Free use of a printer
  • Free tea/coffee
  • Free booking of meeting rooms
  • Events/discounted business services
  • Plus many more benefits…

To enter, entrepreneurs need to submit a two-page business plan explaining their business/idea, what stage it’s at, how it fits into Jersey’s digital economy and how they plan to grow it over the next three years.

Tony Moretta, CEO Digital Jersey said, “It is really encouraging to see a local bank recognising and supporting our digital industry in Jersey. Every week we see new entrepreneurs coming through the doors of the DJ Hub and support like this in the early stages is invaluable. We look forward to welcoming the two new businesses.”

The Hub has already nurtured many small digital businesses which have gone on to employ staff and move into their own offices. Recent additional funding from government means the number of desks available has been increased.

The closing date for the competition is March 31st. Shortlisted entries will be invited to meet a judging panel for an interview, before the winning two businesses are chosen.

The competition has now CLOSED