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14 July, 2017 - 16:58 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge startups handed chance to make serious impact

Allia Serious Impact Accelerator

Startups whose innovation could lead to a positive payback for people, planet or place are being invited to join Allia’s next cohort for the Serious Impact Accelerator in Cambridge.

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

Businesses and entrepreneurs interested in taking part in this free programme are invited to apply online via www.seriousimpact.co.uk/accelerate

The programme is free to successful applicants, who will join a band of 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 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.

Andrew Hatcher, business adviser for Serious Impact, said: “We received an exceptionally high number of applicants for the last accelerator, and ended up running two cohorts simultaneously.

“The quality of ventures, and passion of entrepreneurs in and around Cambridge is fantastic and I can’t wait to see what the next group will bring.”

Simon Robinson who completed the Accelerator earlier this year with 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.

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.”

The next Accelerator begins on September 16 and applications are open until  September 4.

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