Businesses Urged to Apply for Accelerator Programme
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Businesses Urged to Apply for Accelerator Programme

Start-up businesses and entrepreneurs from the Sheffield City Region have been urged to apply for a place on an accelerator programme, with the opportunity to pitch to potential investors.

Y-Accelerator is aiming to find ten individuals, teams or early stage businesses with growth potential.

This will be the sixth time the highly regarded programme has been run in the region, with 12-weeks of fast-track development support from October 2019 to January 2020 to be provided.

Advisers from Y-Accelerator will provide a bespoke programme of tailored one-to-one support, with help from resident entrepreneur Gordon Macrae of Gripple and expert workshops in specific subject areas. 

At the end of the programme, participants will pitch their ideas to an audience including potential investors. In addition, the best pitch will receive a £1,000 prize from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

Keith Williams, regional manager at UKSE, said: "The Y-Accelerator programme is a fantastic initiative which offers amazing support to entrepreneurs, both at the start-up stage and those who have already started their company. 

"I know the Y-Accelerator has been enormously helpful to those on previous programmes and we are very pleased to support again and offer the £1,000 best pitch prize."

Y-Accelerator is a collaborative initiative from the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, hosted and facilitated by Rotherham Investment Development Office (RiDO), with support from UKSE, Gripple, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, as well as other SCR businesses.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2019.


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