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Accelerators

Enterprise Bootcamp – Bootstrap Campus

Bootstrap’s core business is providing workspace to a diverse mix of tenants, supporting them to start up and grow. From bakers and brewers in the Bootyard to film studios and charities across the 3 buildings we operate in; Bootstrap boasts an eclectic mix of tenants here on Ashwin Street, Dalston.

Bootstrap was established in 1978 to support people to set-up their own businesses and improve employability skills. Bootstrap’s work in 2016 still echoes these original aims through our Enterprise Bootcamp programme, tenant networking and training events as well as a diverse programme across our community event spaces.

The ‘Enterprise Bootcamp’ is a pioneering programme to equip young entrepreneurs with the tools to startup. If you want to start a business or social enterprise – but need some help to get things off the ground – then this is for you!

You’ll get:
• 10 week masterclass course – learn how to start your own business.
• Introductions to industry professionals.
• Deskspace at Bootstrap Company.
• Your very own mentor to support you.
• Access to employers and jobs.
• Accredited enterprise skills qualification.
• Events to sell & test your products at.
• Pitch for start up funding & links to funders.

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ESpark – Portsmouth

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.

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FFWD

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

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Techstars London

A three-month mentorship-driven tech accelerator program

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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.

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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.

Key dates:
Application Launch - May 19
Early Bird Deadline - June 16
Regular Deadline - June 29

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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.

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Catalyst programme

Catalyst is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial spirits with scientific or technology-led early stage businesses.

If you have an exciting business concept but need help to successfully bring it to market, harnessing the power of our proven business incubation process could help you get there faster. Our programme is an intensive mix of high-level mentoring, commercially focused workshops and seminars with leading professionals, access to a dynamic network of like-minded individuals and a physical business base here at the Science Park over six months.

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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.