Creative businesses in the South West of England are being invited to pitch their ideas in a new competition from business support agency Creative England, with 10 winners picking up £10,000 investment each and a package of business support.

Starter For 10 will see businesses pitch their innovative products to a industry panel, who will select the 10 best to receive financial and practical support to take their idea to market.

Starter for 10 begins with three regional heats, in three cities across the region: Bristol, Bournemouth and Exeter.

The 15 shortlisted companies will come together for a ‘Grand Finale’ pitch battle, where the 10 winning companies will be chosen. These businesses will go on to receive a £10,000 investment, as well a business support to help get their product to market within six months.

To qualify, businesses must be under two years old and operate within the sectors of digital, web and interactive; mobile and app; games; social media or marketing.