Young Entrepreneurs' Challenge

The competition

The deadline date for the Young Entrepreneurs' Challenge has now passed. Short-listed entries to be announced shortly. The JC has launched its most exciting and rewarding business challenge to date. We, together with five of the UK's most successful businessmen, are searching for the nation's most promising new start-up, be it a young business that is already trading or an innovative new idea to invest in.

The winner will receive an investment of £10,000 from the judges, £10,000 from Investec Specialist Bank and the opportunity for further investment and mentoring, plus free financial advice and strategic consultancy from the UK's most reputable companies.

The judges

Stephen Grabiner

Stephen Grabiner

Skilled investor, former head of global media at Apax Partners. The Times board of directors.

Philip Lewis

Philip Lewis

Heads property division of the Kirsh Group. A board member of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Nick Leslau

Nick Leslau

Major property player. Sits on several company and charity boards. Co-owns Saracens.

Claude Littner

Claude Littner

Corporate turnaround specialist, well-known for his appearances on BBC's The Apprentice.

Robert Voss

Robert Voss

Heads metal traders, Voss International. Active investor, holds several chair and consultant roles.

The prize

£10,000 investment from the judges.

Investec

£10,000 from Investec Specialist Bank.

Albion

£5,000 of consultancy from creative agency, Albion London.

Berg Krapow Lewis

A year's free financial and tax advice from Berg Krapow Lewis.

Profiling in the business pages of the JC and via its digital channels.

How it works

The short-listed applicants will be invited to present their plans to the panel of judges. Five finalists will be then chosen and each assigned one of the judges as a mentor for a day before having to present again. A winner will then be chosen. The selected winner will receive an investment of £10,000 from the judges, £10,000 from Investec and the opportunity for further investment and mentoring, plus free financial advice and strategic consultancy from the UK's most reputable companies.

Who can enter

The competition is open to companies that have been trading for under two years and with a maximum of 20 employees, or prospective start-ups with a credible idea and business plan that is close to maturity.

How to enter

● A detailed business plan, no more than 10 pages
● Plans should include a business profile, details of the management, financial records and projections

Where to send entries

Entries should be submitted to Candice Krieger via JCYEC@thejc.com or The Jewish Chronicle, 25 Furnival Street, London EC4A 1JT. Closing date: Friday 21 December