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Jane Lambert

Accelerators are a way of helping new businesses to establish themselves.  They are short programmes that last between 4 and 12 months in which groups of entrepreneurs known as "cohorts" refine their business plans and are given the skills, knowledge and connections they need to succeed.  NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) published a research paper and directory of accelerators and incubators last year which I discussed in Business Incubators and Accelerators Directory 20 April 2017 NIPC News.

On 22 April 2017 I discussed the Accelerators and Incubators in the Leeds City Region in IP Yorkshire and on the 24 I considered those in Sheffield in Accelerators and Incubators in the Sheffield City Region.  I also mentioned a new fintech accelerator in Dubai in FinTech in Dubai  3 Aug 2017 in NIPC Gulf.

Since a lot of inventors fail because they lack the skills and connections needed to convert their inventions into a business I wrote:

"I think something can be learned from business accelerators where fledgling businesses are offered office or lab space, mentored by experts, helped to refine their products or services and eventually introduced to investors" (see No Invention should be left behind here - the Case for Inventor Academies 27 Jan 2018 NIPC Inventors Club).

I was very pleased to read a few days later that the businesses shortlisted for the NESTA Inventor Prize would receive mentoring to improve their inventions at something that sounded very like an accelerator programme at Barclays Eagle Labs (see NESTA Inventor Prize Shortlist  31 Jan 2018 NIPC Inventors Club).

Meanwhile I have been able to follow the progress of a new healthcare accelerator in Bradford which launched on 8 Jan 2018 (see Northern Max - a new Healthcare Accelerator in Bradford 12 Jan 2018 IP Yorkshire). That programme will come to an end on 29 March 2018 (see Bradford Healthcare Accelerator Programme comes to an End 26 March 2019 NIPC News) and held a demo day which I attended on 22 March 2018 (see NorthernMAX Demo Day 26 March 2018 IP Yorkshire).

Anyone wishing to discuss this article or accelerators in general should call me on 020 7404 5252 during usual office hours or send me a message through my contact form.

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