Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Big Idea Bonanza - 2 weeks left

There is only 2 weeks left to apply for Birmingham and Solihull’s Big Idea Bonanza!

Please circulate among staff, stakeholders, patients, residents, networks and contacts as widely as possible.

Young Foundation in partnership with NHS Birmingham and Solihull Cluster are calling for ideas to tackle local health problems.

You can apply if you are:

· A public sector employee working in Birmingham or Solihull

· Third Sector organisation based in Birmingham or Solihull

· A resident of Birmingham or Solihull

Deadline is 5pm Friday 17th June


Any questions, please contact Eleanor Cappell 0121 380 9019/ 07956 317 236

Eleanor Cappell

Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SEiR) (NHS Birmingham East and North)

Direct: 0208 709 4823 (Monday) 0121 380 9019 (Tue – Fri)
Mobile: +44 (0) 7956 317 236

Switchboard: +44 (0) 20 8980 6263
More information:
Birmingham’s Big Idea Bonanza
Your chance to win £2,000
Have you nursed an idea for years? Can your idea improve people’s health?
Do you want to turn it into reality?
Young Foundation is scouting for people with big ideas to tackle health problems. If you think you’ve got what it takes, here is your chance to put your hat in the ring and answer four questions:
1. Tell us about the health problem you hope to fix
2. Outline how your idea is big, bold and new
3. What support do you need to get your idea off to a flying start?
4. Who is involved in submitting the idea?
The ten most promising proposals will be invited to attend a ‘Big Idea Bonanza Festival’ on 1st July 2011. The festival will challenge teams to strengthen or create a business in a day, tap into specialist expertise and pitch to a panel of dragons for the chance to win up to £2,000 of start-up funding and bespoke business support.
There are great examples of innovation in the NHS. For inspiration visit the NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement at
To apply you must be a public sector employee, third sector organisation or resident of Birmingham or Solihull. We welcome applications from individuals, teams or established organisations looking to launch a new idea or grow an existing service. Closing date is Friday 17th June 2011.
Return completed application forms to Eleanor Cappell, Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Young Foundation

E:  or 

T: 0121 380 9019/ 07956 317 236

The Young Foundation brings together insights, innovation and entrepreneurship to meet social needs. We have a track record of over 50 years' success with ventures such as the Open University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Healthline (the precursor of NHS Direct). For more information visit our website at:

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