IG Wines, together with Wine Owners, Lay & Wheeler and the Gérard Basset Foundation, have created a Golden Vines® Scholarship for 1 BAME/BIPOC entrepreneur wishing to break into the wine trade.

The Wine Owners Golden Vines® Off-Trade Startup Scholarship will support the learning and business management platform operating costs of an entrepreneur with a dream – and a plan – to start a wine merchant, retailer, wine importer or distributor. Alternatively, the judges will consider an entrepreneur who has recently started trading (up to 12 months before the launch of the Scholarship) but recognises their need for efficient and scalable operating practices and an online presence to gain market access and realise growth.

What's on offer?

The successful applicant of the Wine Owners Golden Vines® Off-Trade Startup Scholarship will first undertake a 3 month paid internship with Lay & Wheeler. Upon completion of this internship, the Scholar will start a 1 month paid internship at IG Wines. They will receive hands-on experience using Wine Owners’ Wine Hub, providing invaluable training to seamlessly apply the software into their own business. The Judges will provide IG Wines with the Scholar’s business plan, so that the internship may be tailored to best suit their goals.

In summary, this Scholarship will allow the winning Scholar an unprecedented, life-changing chance to break into the wine mercantile industry with the benefit of hands-on experience with and mentorship from leaders in the sector, as well as technical support and software which will allow them to hit the ground running.

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