Spark Up launches new accelerator programme

Tue, July 28th, 2015

Up to 50 entrepreneurs across LCR will benefit from the scheme

Spark Up has launched a new business accelerator programme for up to 50 entrepreneurs across Merseyside.

The next scheme will be shorter than before at 12 weeks long with a more intensive format and a key focus on developing a working and scalable business model. Founder Jenny Stewart is aiming to recruit up to 50 entrepreneurs this time around before offering up to three programmes per year in 2016.

The programme will continue to be supported by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce, NatWest, the University of Liverpool, Glow New Media and the BIG Partnership.

Applications for the Spark Up programme will open on 27 July 2015 through the Spark Up website and close on 23 August.

Stewart said the latest programme would be "bigger, brighter and bolder than before".

She added: "This time the programme will be more intensive, with more defined criteria for scalability. We want to see more jobs secured, more investment and more regional growth.

"The shorter programme will enable more start-ups to take part and benefit from what Spark Up has to offer.

"Spark Up has demonstrated there is entrepreneurial talent in Liverpool and we have the means to generate growth from within."

A total of 37 businesses were awarded a place on Spark Up's most recent 20-week programme. Spark Up said that, between them, the businesses have increased their collective turnover by approximately 163 per cent and created employment opportunities for an additional 15 local people.

Since launching in 2013, Spark Up claims to have generated a total of £453,160 worth of investment opportunities for Liverpool start-ups.

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