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Innovation programmes

Our innovation programmes accelerate business growth; helping companies to refine a product or service proposition, secure grants and investment, build new collaborations or close a new commercial deal.

Alderley Park
Alderley Park

Serendip Accelerator

Our Serendip innovation programme provides market access and expertise for digital tech start-ups, scaleups and SMEs. Offering links with major organisations, to accelerate early stage growth.

By co-locating with commercial partners and public sector organisations, Serendip provides a platform to refine products and services in a real-world environment, directly access investors and identify new commercial opportunities and routes to market.

  • Six months free co working space

  • 30Gb/sec high speed internet and superfast Wi-Fi connectivity

  • 1-2-1 business mentoring

  • Access to database of market influencers, clients and collaborators

  • Admission to over 140 specific start up and innovation focussed events Marketing and PR support

  • Access to meeting room and event facilities

  • Join a community of over 150 digital entrepreneurs and innovators at Innovation Birmingham and connect with over 500 companies across the Bruntwood SciTech network

  • 24/7 access to co working space and car parking

Interested in the Serendip Accelerators?


E4F New Start Incubator

Designed to support entrepreneurs in the West Midlands area, E4F New Start invites ambitious founders with a digital or tech business idea to apply. Successful applicants will receive inclusive business support facilitated by the team of expert mentors. The most aspiring businesses will receive further intensive support to launch their businesses.

  • 1-to-1 coaching

  • Support accessing finance

  • Access the expert mentor network

  • 24/7 access to coworking space and car parking

  • Support raising profile

  • Access to meeting room and event facilities

  • Support accessing markets

  • Access to database of market influencers, clients and collaborators

Interested in the E4F New Start Incubator?

AP Accelerator ERDF

Alderley Park Accelerator

The Alderley Park Accelerator, powered by BioCity and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), offers start-up and scale-up support to early stage and growing life science businesses on their journey to success. The programme is suitable for eligible businesses with just a spark of an idea, start-ups and companies looking to launch new innovations.

Programme Benefits

  • 2 ½ day pre-accelerator workshop
  • Follow-on 8 week Accelerator programme for successful participants
  • 1-to-1 coaching
  • Access the expert mentor network
  • Support accessing finance
  • Support accessing markets
  • Support raising profile
  • Based on Lean Startup methodology

Interested in the Alderley Park Accelerator?

Oncology programme CRUK

Alderley Park Oncology Development Programme

The Alderley Park Oncology Development Programme is a national programme designed to develop and progress start-up oncology projects. Funded by Innovate UK and Cancer Research UK, the programme brings together a unique collaboration of global pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, research institutions and public bodies to identify and progress oncology innovations that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. With insight from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Medicines Discovery Catapult and the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, its goal is to bring forward viable oncology projects much more quickly in order to significantly increase their likelihood of commercial success and patient benefit.

  • Insight from a unique collaboration of global pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, research institutions and public bodie

  • Receive up to £60,000 of grant funding including provision for salary replacement

  • Support to develop an optional ‘virtual R&D’ business model without the need to establish a research laboratory

  • Access the expert mentor network

  • Access to business lounge facilities

  • Applications reviewed by a committee of scientific and business experts

Interested in Alderley Park Oncology Development?

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SportTech Accelerator

The Nova x Koroibos SportTech Accelerator offers founders and teams at pre-seed an opportunity to accelerate their business.  The programme is suitable for those with an idea, a prototype or MVP, or are pre-significant funding, and is ideal for those working in wearables; digital fan engagement; elite performance; fantasy and e-sports; venues and leagues; and personal fitness.

Designed specifically for 'working entrepreneurs' to fit around existing commitments, it offers the chance to accelerate your business into a successful tech startup via webinars, group sessions and 1:1 support. It also includes mentorship, access to technical and non-technical teams, investment pitch opportunities and free office space at Platform in Leeds.

  • Access to expert sport, tech, & startup mentor network

  • Designed around existing work commitments

  • No personal investment required from founders, but opportunities for continued investment available

  • Support in taking your idea to prototype and market within 12 months

  • Access to 80+ experienced product developers including Hardware and Software design and development

  • Includes free office space at Leeds 'home for tech' Platform

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Leeds Beckett Accelerate Programme

Gain control of your business, build resilience and push your business to the next stage, the 6 month Leeds Beckett Accelerate programme offers a range of support including pre-recorded masterclasses, live webinars, one to one advice, strategic coaching, funding and access to placement students and graduates. Cohorts run 3-4 times per year.