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What is StepUp?

StepUp is our fee 2-day accelerator programme of workshops and networking opportunities to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to take your business to the next level.

There is no cost to attend, and spaces on StepUp are strictly limited. If you want to secure your place just click the button below to apply!

When: 24th - 25th October 2018
Where: Virgin StartUp HQ, 66 Porchester Road, London, W26ET

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SME Growth Accelerator Programme

Are you an established business in the Solent looking to GROW? Do you,

- Employ between 10 - 250 staff
- Have between £250K - £25m annual turnover
- Have at least a two-year trading history

If so, we want to hear from you!

Contact our business concierge service or speak to us about our "Growth Accelerator Programme" - limited places available (from September 2018 - March 2019)

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leAD Sports Accelerator

For startups with outstanding ideas, the leAD team of entrepreneurs, experts and international top investors with a deep passion for and a strong foothold in sports paves the way to the best playing fields in the business.

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Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars – London

This unique partnership between Barclays and Techstars brings two networks together into one accelerator program that offers entrepreneurs unprecedented access not only to a world leading bank, but also to Techstars international mentor and investor relationships.

The London program is nestled in the heart of the Financial Services and FinTech capital of the world, within a few miles of banks, government and Europe’s largest VC ecosystem.

Applications for 2018's program are now closed, further programs to be announced.

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Wayra Fair By Design

Wayra Fair By Design is a new acceleration programme that will tackle the poverty premium: where people in poverty pay more for many everyday goods and services – such as energy, insurance, borrowing, transport and food – than those who can more easily afford them.

The programme, which will be based in Wayra’s Open Future_ North facility in Oldham, will support up to seven start-ups a year.

Start-ups accepted to the programme will receive the equivalent of £70,000 in cash and business services, including working space at Open Future_ North and access to investors, mentors and coaches – and also potentially to a global audience through business development opportunities with Telefónica.

The fund has £8 million ready to deploy and is seeking to raise up to £20 million to invest into companies tackling the poverty premium, both within the accelerator and in separate investments across the UK.

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Hatch Enterprise – Accelerator and Weekend events

“We help people build businesses from the things they love.”

Want to test an idea? Ready to start a business? Want to grow and scale an existing venture?

We are here for you.

Launchpad - our early stage programme delivering personal coaching, business workshops and a testing ground for early stage business ideas. Our Launchpad is ideal for those seeking a supportive enterprise community to get their business off the ground.

Incubator - an immersive 12-week (every Friday) programme providing workshops, 1-2-1 business coaching, mentoring, and access to work space. It is exclusively for entrepreneurs who have been running their business for some time and want to grow.

Accelerator - our 4-month programme (2-days a month) for women, will help you to clarify your goals, plug any gaps in your knowledge of scaling your business, and provides a toolkit that you can use to overcome any hurdles you may face.

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ESpark – London

What is Sprint?
Sprint is the early entrepreneurs entry-level of our four programmes.

It is three months long and focused on making sure you achieve specific outcomes for developing and validating your idea or early stage business.

The overall goal is for you to find out if entrepreneuring is for you and if your idea has legs. Are there customers who want your product or service and will they pay for it?

Entrepreneurial Spark Enablers empower you through workshops, group sessions and are there to support and challenge you every step of the way. Crucially they will also hold up the mirror so you can see things from a different perspective.

Plus you get everything you would expect from the world’s largest free people accelerator:

FREE Group enablement sessions with fellow Sprinters
FREE Bootcamp and workshops covering mindset and methodology topics
FREE Hot desk space and super-powerful Wi-Fi in exceptional co-working spaces where you’ll be surrounded by likeminded people
FREE Printing, scanning and photocopying
FREE Community collaboration – friends for life
FREE Coffee and tea for those late-night ideas or early morning pick-me-ups

So what’s the catch!?
Well, being an entrepreneur is no easy gig. You need to be committed to the programme and to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. We don't take any equity and everything is free because it is fully funded. That's our gift to you. We just ask in return that you commit 100% and strap in for the ride of your life.

DEADLINE: London - April 5th 2018. Other locations also available*

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The UK's leading pre-accelerator programme for early stage start-ups

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London accelerators

London based accelerator programmes and incubation spaces.

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Wayra Accelerator

Wayra is a start-up accelerator owned by Telefónica Open Future_, a global entrepreneurship and innovation network, open to partners.

If you have a business or an idea that uses technology to solve the problems of the future, Wayra is your place to make it grow.

Register interest now.

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Great Business

Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business.

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Mass Challenge

MassChallenge UK connects high-impact, early stage startups with mentors, partners and investors, while providing the most high-impact support during a 4-month accelerator programme in London.

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Entrepreneur First

Entrepreneur First is where Europe's most ambitious technical founders build their companies from scratch.

You don't need to apply with a team or fixed idea. We'll help you find a co-founder, customers and raise from Europe's top investors.

DEADLINE: Tuesday 31st July 2018

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Our Advice

Startup accelerators are usually fixed-term, cohort-based programmes, that include mentoring and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day.  They can differ greatly. Some offer financial investment, incubation, ongoing support and much more.