Entrepreneur Accelerator

Entrepreneur
Accelerator

Join our Pre-Acceleration, Acceleration
or Fintech programme

Applications now open

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What you need to know about Accelerator.

From the first-go Fintechs to the import and exporters, from the app makers to the risk-takers we believe in entrepreneurs. So we give them the power to start, scale and succeed. Our free accelerator has 12 hubs across the UK.

Our programmes have been tailored to empower entrepreneurs at any stage. It’s an amazing journey that is free (yep, free and we don’t even take equity in your business). We’re here for any entrepreneur who wants to grow.

We provide entrepreneurs with unique coaching, environments and networks. Focusing on the key driver to success (that’s you, the entrepreneur) insight, support and challenge is provided by our trained coaches to take any business further, faster.

If your application is successful you will be offered a place on one of two core programmes designed to help you and your business grow and keep growing. We also have a bespoke Fintech programme for businesses in that sector. Read more about the programmes in the section below.

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More about the programmes

What is the difference between the two core programmes?

We aim to #PowerUp your business whatever stage you are at.

 

Therefore we offer two separate core programmes for entrepreneurs:

 

·         Pre-Acceleration

·         Acceleration

 

Pre-Acceleration is an intensive, eight-week programme for early stage start-ups.

 

It offers entrepreneurs:

·         An introductory ‘Ignition’ event

·         An online learning portal

·         Webinars and digital workshops

·         A celebratory wrap-up event

 

This programme is also complemented by a variety of events based in the local hub, which are run by our Business Growth Enablers and other local partners.

 

Acceleration is a six-month programme for entrepreneurs with high growth businesses who are looking to scale up.

 

Entrepreneurs can progress through the six month programme up to a maximum of three times, making 18 months in total.

 

Designed to ensure that businesses get the best chance to succeed, entrepreneurs on the Acceleration programme get:

 

·         Free office space in a state of the art environment

·         Wi-Fi and printing

·         1:1 coaching

·         Access to business mentors

·         Access to legal and tech advice from our partners

·         Access to our unrivalled networks and supply chains

·         Bespoke events

 

Both core programmes are full-funded, in other words, free. We do the funding, you do the growing and we don’t take any equity in any business. You don’t even have to be a NatWest customer.

 

What is the Fintech programme?

In 2018 we launched our specialist Fintech programme in four of our hubs: Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

 

Like all our programmes the Fintech programme is fully funded and we take no equity in any business or even need you to be a NatWest customer.

 

All we ask is that you work as hard as we do to make the most of this opportunity to grow your business.

 

On the Fintech Accelerator programme businesses get:

·         1:1 coaching with our experienced staff

·         A technology review and sales strategy analysis by Dell Technologies

·         A review of your IP from our legal partner, Pinsent Masons

·         Desk space in a NatWest Accelerator hub with access to hot desking across 11 other UK locations

·         A product aligned NatWest mentor

·         Bespoke webinars and Fintech networking events

·         An investment strategy review

·         International networking opportunities

·         Opportunities to pitch your business to NatWest Innovation teams at a unique end of intake demo day

 

The Fintech programme is six months and commences each April and October.

On what criteria are applications assessed?

We have set criteria that we use to assess your suitability and that of your business for all programmes including core and Fintech at the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator.

 

What we judge you on is simple and directly related to what will be asked of you on the programme. We want to make sure we can get the best out of you so that you can get the best out of us.

 

The kinds of things we consider are:

  • Are you the owner or decision maker in your business?
  • Are you working full time on this business?
  • Do you know there are customers who want your product or service?
  • Do you employ staff?
  • Are you aiming to build your team?
  • Are you looking to grow or scale your business?
  • If you business is already growing are you committed to accelerating that growth?

 

Please note however that there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. These are just the principal things we need to know about. So please bear these things in mind if you apply.

 

They will also help us determine whether your business is better suited to our Pre-Acceleration, Acceleration or Fintech programme. If it's our Fintech programme you're interested in, your business needs to be rooted in financial technology.

 

Why isn’t there a hub or access to a programme near me?

We have created a world-class entrepreneurship proposition with 12 hubs covering all four nations of the UK.

 

We realise that this does not cover every city or every part of the UK, but the hubs are also true centres of entrepreneurial activity for the regions they represent.

 

Applications are welcome from all over the regions where the hubs are based. We don’t require that entrepreneurs live within a certain distance of a hub, but we do expect commitment to the programme, which may be dictated by potential travelling times.

 

 

Is funding provided for the programmes?

You don’t need any funding because all our programmes are completely free. Even better we don’t take any equity in any business we work with.

 

There’s no catch. We want to help you start or scale your business and make it succeed.

 

All we ask is that you commit to the programme as much as we will commit to helping you grow.

 

I have an idea for a business but don’t know where to start

If you have an idea for a business and are serious about putting it into action or you are looking to validate a business you have just started, our Pre-Acceleration programme can help you take your next crucial steps.

 

Pre-Acceleration is an intensive, eight-week programme.

 

It offers entrepreneurs:

·         An introductory ‘Ignition’ event

·         An online learning portal

·         Webinars and digital workshops

·         Celebratory wrap-up event

How to apply

Applications are now open. 

To apply you must sign up for an account using the button below, you'll be asked for your preferred hub and programme to complete your profile. Once logged in, go to 'My Application' and complete the form, we will be in touch once all applications have been reviewed. 

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Boost your business

The Accelerator programme is complemented by a variety of events based in the local hub, which are run by our Business Growth Enablers and other local partners.

If you are currently a NatWest customer our Business Growth Enablers can provide you with essential business information, tools, contacts and introductions to networks as part of our NatWest Boost programme.

Find out more about how your local Business Growth Enabler could help you.

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Hub Info

There's a NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator hub near you. Check the list to find out where the magic happens and book an informal hub tour. 

Birmingham

Address

Ground Floor

7 Brindley Place 

Birmingham

B1 2TZ

Brighton

Address

149 Preston Road Brighton
The City of Brighton and Hove
BN1 6AF

Bristol 

Address

Trinity Quay
Avon Street
Bristol
BS2 0PT

Cardiff

Address

1 Central Square
Cardiff
CF10 1FS

Leeds

Address

Unit 2
2 Park Cross Street
Leeds
LS1 2QH

London

Address

5th Floor
Regents House
40-42 Islington High Street
London
N1 8XB

Manchester

Address

1 Hardman Boulevard
Manchester
M3 3AQ

Milton Keynes

Address 

300 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
MK9 2AZ

Newcastle

Address

1 Trinity Gardens
Broad Chare
Quayside
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 2HF

Meet our entrepreneurs

We've directly impacted over 3,500 entrepreneurs to start, scale and grow their businesses. 

Let's meet a few.

Tarryn, London

Kafoodle

Kafoodle is a food tech business which is leading the way in developing software for use in commercial kitchens and the health and social care sectors. Tarryn and her team are passionate about matching the right food to the right people.

“This has helped me enjoy the risks and the craziness of being in business. The big thing is the community which has really helped us.”

Junaid, Manchester

Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting

Junaid’s company, Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting supply and install systems to harvest rainwater in the UK. This allows people to adapt their use of water by using rainwater, saving money and creating significantly less impact on the environment.

“All the time I spend in the hub is amazing, the contacts I’ve made are hugely beneficial. Just being there gives you a certain positivity.”

 

Jyoti, Leeds

Voir Fashion Magazine

Voir Fashion Magazine is a boutique, digital fashion magazine for those daring to be different. It’s sassy and arresting and designed with today’s digital generation in mind.

“You are inspired by other entrepreneurs in the hub. Magical things have happened, I’ve had bad days when everyone has uplifted me, it is a really supportive community.”

 

 

 

 

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