Posted: Wed 24th Jul 2013
There are five small businesses on the shortlist and each one has pitched for cash to fund a project that will enhance their operation, pick up more customers and make more sales. Take a look at the candidates below, read their pitch and cast your vote!
**Seeking: Â£500.**Â Votes so far: 69. West Sussex-based bookish creates and sells handmade products inspired by books, typography, ink, pencils and paper, many made from recycled or repurposed books. Owner Jo Morey is seeking Â£500 to develop and promote new lines of the company's popular paper roses in order to break into new markets.Â Read the bookish application.
**Seeking: Â£150. Votes so far: 121.**Â Chillicious, owned by Stacey Galfskiy, is a unique art and food venture that creates delicious chilli food products and an innovative range of chilli inspired fused glass. The Ceres-based company is seeking Â£150 to help pay for a deposit on a new, larger workshop that would enable the business to expand its range of glass classes.Â Read the Chillilicious application.
Seeking: Â£500. Votes so far: 74. Swansea-based Ji Ji KikiÂ is an online boutique, run by Emma Coles, which sells cute and vintage inspired clothing, jewellery and accessories handmade by independent artists. Emma is seeking Â£500 towards development of a mobile website with increased functionality.Â Read Ji Ji Kiki's application.
**Seeking: Â£500. Votes so far: 38.**Â Sizzling Science, based in Inverness, celebrates the beauty and fun in science by selling science-based toys, party supplies and homewares. Owner Meanie Riddell is seeking Â£500 for product development and safety testing as the company looks to increase its appeal with its own products in its relaunched online store.Â Read the Sizzling Science application.
Seeking: Â£500. Votes so far: 130. Watford-based Victoria Mae DesignsÂ is a ceramic business offering fresh designs on British-made bone china. Country Homes and Interiors Magazine and Living Etc want to feature owner Victoria Galtrey's products, but she doesn't have the funds to stock up to meet anticipated demand. Victoria's seeking Â£500 for new stock so she can maximise sales following media exposure.Â Read the Victoria Mae Designs application.
You can vote for your favourite candidate by simply clicking the â€˜Vote for me' button on the right hand side of their application page. Remember, only two of the businesses above will receive the funding, based on your votes.Â The closing date for voting is 31st July. Want to raise money for YOUR small enterprise?
Enterprise Nation and PayPal are accepting applications for the August round of Fund101. It's easy to apply â€" justÂ fill out the application formÂ by 24thÂ July.Â You can apply for up to Â£500 and we'll then shortlist five applications with PayPal, to go live for voting on 1stÂ August.Â Make your application!