Accelerate your business
Develop and grow your venture with tailored support from the Exeter Innovation Business Accelerator. Our programme supports high tech ventures to achieve accelerated high growth through via expert business support.
The Accelerator Programme boosts opportunities for innovative STEMM start-ups and SMEs by providing enrolment on to our word-leading accelerator programme, enabling strategic empowerment through the delivery of workshops, seminars, and drop-in surgeries.
Our team of experienced business support managers, regional professional services Advisors in Residence, accomplished Entrepreneurs in Residence, and knowledge coaches and mentors deliver this structured programme over a 6–12-month period, providing founders with expert support during their growth journey.
The programme covers all aspects of organisational growth, including business fundamentals, sustainable and scalable product development, and finding and managing investment.
As a member of the esteemed SETsquared Partnership, you're guaranteed award-winning support that will help you turn your ideas into a thriving enterprise.
Business acceleration support in numbers
Member businesses supported
Are you an innovative high-tech venture with ambitions to grow?
Are you actively seeking grant funding or looking for investment?
Are you developing a scalable tech product?
Our Business Accelerator Programme is open to start-ups and SMEs from any industry that can evidence their STEMM innovation credentials and a scalable business model. The Exeter Innovations Business Accelerator can help you to gain access to vital knowledge, networks, and investment opportunities.
In addition to our structure programme of workshops and seminars, members can make use of The Hive, our high-quality incubation space at the Exeter Science Park, have access to a network of expert coaches and mentors, will be invited to a range of community events and peer learning sessions, and have the opportunity to embark on our bespoke investment support programme, which culminates in our annual investment showcase.
Entrepreneurs in Residence are successful entrepreneurs that have “been there and done that” and are now available to share their knowledge, experience, and networks with our emerging entrepreneurs, startups and innovative projects.
During monthly catch-ups, our Entrepreneurs in Residence support our members and foster innovation by connecting them to a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
With experience being key when building strategy, our Entrepreneurs in Residence can bring a history of expertise in structure and governance, market strategy, brand and vision, investment, people management, manufacturing, procurement, and more.
Professional services engagement is an important part of any growth strategy. Planning and utilising the right services, initiatives, and schemes at the right time can have a measurable impact on an organisation’s success.
Our Advisors in Residence are experts in their field from respected regional firms that have an understanding that a healthy innovation ecosystem requires investment in people and skills.
We are proud to have continued support from:
Tom Torkar, Harry trick, and David Thompson of Michelmores, Lewis Banfield of PKF Francis Clark, Graham Heydon of Heydon Innovation, Stephen King of James Hallam, and Deborah Watson of Innovate UK.
The Innovation Hub
Not sure the Business Accelerator is right for you? Explore all your options at the Innovation Hub. This space offers Exeter-based organisations the opportunity to connect with the University and other business support partners. Here, you can seek expert help, speak to advisors, and explore a range of business support programmes.
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Sustainable start-up New Motion Labs grows rapidly thanks to Exeter support