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Health competition worth £1, 000

A new competition is giving health professionals the chance to win £1,000 for pitching an enterprising health idea to a panel of experts.

James Caan, entrepreneur and “dragon” on BBC 2's “Dragon's Den” is backing the scheme that encourages health groups to support their local community.

“We have so many people on Dragons' Den who pitch a variety of business ideas, so this project is an interesting opportunity to learn about ideas for improving people's health and wellbeing,” says Caan.

“My advice to organisations pitching it to prepare by putting yourself in the shoes of the Dragons and thinking about the sort of questions they might ask.”

Five shortlisted projects will be given £500 to develop a pitch as well as receiving face-to-face advice from a panel of experts.

Project Manager Jane Dawson says: “The panellists are looking for innovative, effective ideas. The charities and community groups will have support from the Dragons and a fantastic opportunity to develop and grow.”

Pitch you project is run in partnership with the NHS Foundation Trust Network and will be initially run in Northumbria, Sheffield and South Stafford.

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