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Entrepreneurial Spark

Join the Worlds largest free people accelerator for start up and scale up businesses

On 19th February we’ve announced that we’ve come to an agreement with Entrepreneurial-Spark to transition its hugely successful network of entrepreneur accelerator hubs to be 100% managed and run by the bank. For more details Click here

What is Entrepreneurial Spark?

NatWest is partnered with Entrepreneurial Spark to provide entrepreneurs develop their mindset and behaviours to make them more resilient, action-led and focused entrepreneurial leaders. We are not sector specific, the RBS group have enabled over 1,700 start up and scale up businesses, over 80% of whom are still trading today.

Each business hub is designed to provide you with the support you need to help you develop your business.  We offer free office space facilities, Wi-Fi, access to the banks networks and suppliers and free business advice.

Entrepreneurial spark now has a suite of four programmes Sprint, Enable, Grow and Scale. Learn more about each of them below. 


A three-month programme focused on helping you achieve the specific business outcomes you desire.

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A six-month programme focused on growth mindset and validating everything your business does.

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A six-month programme focused on growing your business, we can help your business growth trajectory.

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A six-month programme focused on scaling up your already successful business in line with your future goals.

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Is there a hub near me?

We now have 13 hubs located across the UK, Visit the Entrepreneurial Spark website to find your closest hub.

Join our new FinTech accelerator programme

Here at NatWest we have a new FinTech Accelerator programme launching in April 2018. 

Our new 6 month programme will focus on helping your FinTech business grow with a tailored package of support that includes:

  • Coaching and mentoring via Entrepreneurial Spark
  • A technology review with Dell EMC
  • Desk space in our central Manchester, Bristol and London Hubs, with access to 9 other locations around the UK
  • An opportunity to pitch your business to our Innovation Scouting team 
  • A dedicated Technology Team mentor within the bank
  • Investment requirements review
  • Links to international FinTech accelerator programmes
  • Introductions to Department of Industry and Trade contracts
  • Sales strategy analysis by Dell 

Want to explore the full potential of your business? Get in touch now.

The programme is fully funded - no fees or equity taken. To start your application or for more information please contact us at FinTech@natwest.com

Am I eligible to apply?

Appliants are welcome from any sector, whether you’ve got a business idea bubbling in the back of your mind or you already run a successful business, there’s an Entrepreneurial Spark programme to support you.  The fully-funded programmes are backed by partners from finance, technology and legal consultancy, all working to make you and your business credible, backable and investable.

Applicants do not need to be customers of NatWest.

Applications apply online at the Entrepreneurial Spark website.

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Lucy Rose, CEO of Entrepreneurial Spark, said:
Our vision is clear, we want to create entrepreneurs who have a positive impact on society. An unstoppable entrepreneuring revolution is under way, small businesses are the backbone of the economy and that’s why we are leading this revolution by growing the mindsets of the UK’s entrepreneurs.
Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship, said:
My team of Entrepreneur Development Managers are based across 13 cities in the Uk and they play a vital role in powering our partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark. We provide a full range of expertise, knowledge, introduction to mentors and access to networks in the wider ecosystems. Our aim is to help all entrepreneurs start, scale and succeed.
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