Ready steady go: Time to put your business ideas to the test


The Accelerator Academy works with emerging entrepreneurs to help them to achieve high growth, through intensive training, mentoring from successful tech entrepreneurs and providing them with access to seed capital. Applicants are initially assessed by a Manchester Business School devised eTeamTool assessment process. Delivered over 12 weeks, the part-time programme improves the market traction and investor readiness of 25 of London’s most ambitious start-ups, helping them to succeed and achieve higher growth.

DATES 8 May to 30 July 2012 / September to December 2012

LOCATION Innovation Warehouse, Farringdon, London

COSTS £50 per week, and commitment to sell 3-5 per cent of options, shared between the Academy and mentors.

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Springboard combines investment capital with an intensive 13-week mentor-led accelerator programme. It is aimed at ambitious and scalable early stage businesses from UK and overseas. In addition to its office space, Springboard provides seed capital (investment funding of £5,000 per founder – typically £10,000 to £15,000), over £100,000 of free services, and one-to-one support from over 100 high calibre experienced entrepreneurs and investors. The process ends with an investor day where the teams present their proposals to an audience of angel investors and venture capitalists.

DATES Second and fourth quarter annually

LOCATIONS Google Campus in London and ideaSpace in Cambridge

COSTS 6 per cent equity on founder friendly terms.

CONTACT Email: / Phone: 07713 632388 (Jon Bradford) / Twitter: @springboardnews


Startupbootcamp is a pan-European startup accelerator programme, which provides startups with seed investments and business mentorship, while exposing and connecting startups to an expanding European community. The programme runs quarterly during the year, selecting 10 startups to fund in each programme. The startups get seed funding from €15,000 per team (plus up to €50,000 in free services like office space, server space etc.) and mentorship for launching and scaling to European and global markets. At the end of each programme, startups pitch their transformed product to investors at a demo day.

DATES Now accepting applications for Startupbootcamp Berlin (closing date 17 June 2012)

LOCATIONS Pan-European: Dublin, Amsterdam and Berlin

COSTS No upfront costs. Startupbootcamp takes 8 per cent equity.

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