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4 May, 2017 - 11:34 By Tony Quested

Cambridge accelerator woos ambitious startups

Allia Paul Hughes

Startups with ideas to make a positive impact on people, planet or place are invited to join Allia’s next cohort for the Serious Impact Accelerator in Cambridge.

Successful applicants will receive up to 10 weeks structured advice and support, to launch and develop their ventures.

Businesses and entrepreneurs interested in taking part in this free programme are asked to apply online by May 15.

The programme is free to successful applicants, who will join like-minded impact entrepreneurs to build, develop and consolidate their knowledge and skills with expert help to launch new ideas and grow sustainable impact ventures.

As well as one-to-one support from Allia’s experienced business advisers, the Serious Impact Accelerator programme includes three one-day ‘Pillar Sessions’, covering sales and marketing, operations, and finance, in addition to tactical short courses to develop skills and knowledge, and regular two-hour review sessions with the group.

Paul Hughes, director of enterprise support at Allia, said: “Serious Impact has been developed to give startups the best possible foundations upon which to build their ventures and, as a result, to maximise the positive impact they can make.

“We’re excited about the quality of ventures in and around Cambridge and can’t wait to start working with the next cohort.”

Simon Robinson, a participant in the final stages of the accelerator as he plans to launch his venture, Vital Viewing, added: “The programme has been very well thought out and fantastically implemented by talented and experienced staff.
“The business advisers are always prepared to go the extra distance to help my start up at this crucial stage.”

Startups especially encouraged to apply are those working in fields including – but not limited to:-

  • Cleantech, Energy & Environment
  • Food, Agriculture & Agritech
  • Smart Cities & IoT
  • Healthcare & Wellbeing
  • Ageing Population
  • Community & Social Inclusion
  • Education & EdTech
  • Accessibility

Spaces are open to individuals and teams who can show that their idea has the potential to make a positive impact on people, planet or place, and that they are ready and committed to making their business a success.

The next accelerator begins on May 22 and applications are open until May 15. Visit to apply. 

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