Homeless entrepreneurs with a business idea that can take them into employment and independent living are being sought to take part in Sparklers 2010.
Sparklers provide opportunities for homeless entrepreneurs to develop both new business ideas and the skills to run their own businesses.
Sparklers 2010 was launched by founders John Montague, chief executive of the TREES group, and Nigel Kershaw, chair of Big Issue Invest.
Davina Roberts won the competition last year and was given backing to set up Punch and Juicy, a social enterprise creating and selling healthy juices.
Ms Roberts said: “My life has changed so much over the past year that it can be overwhelming.
“I am now working with other homeless people to help them make the transition from being homeless to being someone with a job and a home and a reason,” she added.
“I know it’s not easy, and that’s why I’m a good person to advocate this – I have been there and I have done it, so I know how hard it can be.”
Entrants for Sparklers 2010 need to submit their applications to email@example.com by 5pm on September 24.