Wirral has a long and strong heritage of innovation. Generations of entrepreneurs from food makers, to ship builders, musicians to performers began their ventures on Wirral. It also has a wealth of unique places that could accommodate enterprising activity and ideas.
To test the market for home grown projects, Wirral Council is sponsoring its first Festival of Beautiful Ideas. A series of ‘hack days’ will encourage people to share ideas that are potentially viable and will add to the atmosphere, sense of place and activity in the focus of the festival, Birkenhead and Woodside.
The week-long festival begins on Friday, April 23, and ends with a pitch opportunity for budding businesses on April 27. A funding pot of £5,000 will be shared between the best ideas for viable and sustainable business.
Wirral Chamber is supporting the festival by offering funded working space and mentors for some of the winners. An event at Pacific Road will coincide with the launch of the Sheds, a new creative & digital working space for Wirral (see Pacificsheds.co.uk).
The festival is open to people with ideas, and those who have a challenge or opportunity to offer enterprise or entrepreneurs. The festival will start with a call for ideas and tours of spaces, and places available to entrepreneurs will be available.
The final evening will bring all ideas together with attendees invited to pitch or submit their idea to a panel of established entrepreneurs and commissioners. There will be a prize for the best and most beautifully ingenious idea(s) for Wirral.
For full details of ‘hack days’ and festival programme please visit www.thebeautifulideas.co/wirral and follow @wirralideas and hashtag #wirralBICO on Twitter.