More than 150 businesses in Leicester have got back on track, in part thanks to the Leicester Startups Accelerator.
Our accelerator is funded by Leicestershire Business Gateway’s Start-Up Business Support programme (SUBS), which was designed to support enterprises after COVID forced them to put their plans on hold during the prolonged lockdowns.
The programme was commissioned by the Business Gateway specifically to help any business that had launched in 2018 or after and been interrupted by COVID.
The support sessions were delivered by ourselves, NBV, So Very Creative and Incrementa. They covered areas such as mentoring, digital marketing, business planning, innovation and product development.
Mandeep Nagra of Pay iO, who took part in the Leicester Start-Up Accelerator programme, said:
“The programme helped us to define a business strategy by using start-up fundamentals. The entire team and mentors gave great advice because they have been there and done it. The Accelerator helped define our journey.”
Neel Thakrar and Dhruvesh Ranpura of Tuck added:
“The programme really benefitted us and accelerated our growth. Our personal experience was great as we also were successful on the demo day and subsequently received our first funding.”
Sonia Baigent, chair of the Business Gateway Board, said:
“Everything the Business Gateway does is designed to support Leicestershire small businesses and it’s fantastic to see that this programme really made a big difference to all the people who took part. We’re grateful also to our partners who did such a good job of rebuilding hope and direction among these businesses.”
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