Running the gauntlet 2006, the East of England Development Agency's exciting competition exclusively for entrepreneurs in the East of England has launched.  It is an investment competition with a comprehensive learning programme attached.  There is up to £1 million of investment funding on offer from CREATE and a wealth of learning opportunities for all, aimed at better equipping the region’s entrepreneurs for the challenges of growing a business.

Running the gauntlet is based around The Gauntlet, an online tool  that acts like a virtual investor asking the questions an investor would typically ask but providing useful feedback.  Access to The Gauntlet normally costs £299 but running the gauntlet entrants can access it free of charge.  It  features useful content and generates a confidential report card identifying your company's strengths and weaknesses. 


As well as CREATE's investment funding, £250k worth of in-kind services  from sponsors is available at different stages in the competition via a combination of first come first served masterclasses, one-to-one clinics and services to finalist/winning companies.  And early birds registering before 4 June could win a place on the prestigious Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) summer school worth £1000.  All in all, a compelling package of benefits for everyone, irrespective of a company's ability to attract investment funding. 

To register go to