beepurple (R)Win a grant of £500! Have you set up your own business or social enterprise during the last academic year 2015-16? Are you a University of Brighton student, about to go into your second or third year of study? Have you been trading for at least 6 months?

If you answer “yes” to all these questions, then apply for The JC Reid Breakthrough Award for Venture Creation!

This award has been established by JC Reid, a former Business School student who established Skint Records in the 1990s. The award is intended to recognise the success of students who have taken the step to establish a business or venture.

To apply for this grant, please email the beepurple team the following information:

  1. The name of your venture
  2. The date you started up
  3. A description of your products and services, and how your venture benefits your customers/end users (250 words maximum)
  4. A copy of your business plan, business model canvas, or equivalent (templates can be provided if needed)
  5. Reflections from the first 6-12 months, including challenges and achievements (500 words maximum)
  6. Goals for the next 6-12 months (250 words maximum)
  7. Outline of how the grant will be used in your venture

Email your submission to the beepurple team ( by 5:00pm pm on Friday, 14 October 2016.

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel comprising University of Brighton staff, local entrepreneurs, and JC Reid. The judges will award one applicant who has developed an innovative idea which has clear benefits to their customers/end users, and who has successfully started generating income.

The winner will receive a grant of £500 to further develop their venture, payable in the Autumn term on successful re-enrolment, and meeting award criteria (including providing a thank you message for the donor).

The winner will formally be recognised at the university’s annual Student and Staff Celebration event on 23 November 2016.

For further information, please email