Curry king Charan backs chance for Scots tycoons.
Entrants from across the country can put an idea forward to be considered for a pounds 1000 local prize plus pounds 500 of legal advice.
The best national entry will win a total of pounds 5000 plus pounds 2500 of legal advice to help them get their idea off the ground. The Business Idea competition, which is being run by Business Gateway, is sponsored by law firm Biggart Baillie and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Charan, 51, who sold his 17-restaurant empire for pounds 16million, said: "Like a good curry, becoming an entrepreneur is all about finding the right ingredients.
"But how do you know if you have the right stuff if you don't give it a go? My advice is get all the advice you can, but go for it - what have you got to lose."
Last year's winning entries included a straw that detects if a drink has been spiked and a monitor showing how much electricity, water and gas is being used in a home.
Entrants must be 16 or over and live in Scotland. and the closing date is Friday 30 November.More info at www.bgateway.com/businessidea.
ADVICE: Charan Gill