About us

Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator

Entrepreneurial Spark® (ESpark) is The World’s Largest Free Business Accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. Working in a collaborative office environment suitable for building teams, businesses will receive free IT & wifi, access to business enablement and support with a pool of over 50 specialised mentors, networking opportunities, workshops, pitch practice and more. Packed in to a support programme lasting up to 18 months, aimed at making businesses more investable – the focus will be on the individual, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours to enable acceleration and growth #GoDo.

We welcome applicants from idea, early stage businesses and to those who have been trading up to 4 years and/or have a £1 million turnover.

Our vision is to create an entrepreneurial revival across the UK.


Our Vision

To create a business start-up revival throughout the UK, through the development of entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours.

Our impact to date.

Entrepreneurial Spark's 6 month programme

Your entrepreneurial Spark journey will start with a 3 day bootcamp providing you with knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Value proposition
  • Design thinking
  • Lean startup
  • Leadership and
  • Entrepreneurial Mindsets and Behaviours

For 6 months you will be supported, challenged and guided through the development and growth of your business. You will have:

  • regular meetings with the ESpark team to help you set and meet your goals
  • The opportunity to attend workshops in PR, employment and investment etc.
  • Attend clinics run by our ambassadors
  • Access to mentors
  • Fortnightly ESpark evening events (Wednesdays)
  • Opportunity to collaborate with like minded entrepreneurs

At the end of your 6 months you will be able to apply for further 12 months of support provided you meet the growth criteria.


Application Process

Got a business idea or already trading? Check out our infographic and get started. We have two intakes a year in February and August however we interview at any time of the year so the sooner you apply, the sooner you could secure your place!

Step One:

Check out the timeline for your area and make sure you can make 90% of the compulsory dates for bootcamp, evening events and Acceler-8

Step Two:

Complete our online application form (it's easy we promise) or upload a video pitch

Step Three:

If you’re invited in for interview then it’s time for the pitch. 60 seconds on your business in a way that your granny could understand.

Step Four:

Next, our team will speed interview you. Its quick fire questioning so be prepared!

Step Five:

Lastly, as a team we’ll decide whether now is the right time for you to join ESpark and hopefully offer you a space. If not you can always try again next time.

Unfortunately we can’t give individual feedback but we run loads of events that you can attend and learn more about the best way to drive your business or idea forward. And we're open again in 6 months and we'd love to see you apply again!


For specific February 2015 intake timelines check your:


We have lots of great opportunities for you to attend our events, meet fellow entrepreneurs, network with our ambassadors and hear how ESpark can support you.

To get involved take a look at our upcoming events in your area:

For more information on any of our events please email Kelly@entrepreneurial-spark.com or call 0141 418 9120.

Transform your business and ideas today

Working with ESpark is an opportunity to contribute to and be a part of a growing community of innovative and ambitious businesses - it is by turns surprising, inspiring, enriching, fun and frustrating but most of all collaborative.

Patricia Barclay, Mentor

Meet our team

Meet our sparky and committed ESpark HQ team.

Is passionate about creating a start-up revival in and from Scotland. Babson trained and Saltire fellow (Oh and a Professor of Entrepreneurship) Meaningful conversations are key!

Professor Duffy

Chief Executive Optimist & Co-founder

You’ll most likely find Lucy-Rose in the hub but you can always get her at the end of an email! She’s kinda the person that makes everything come together (the glue, with the hilarious laugh!)

Lucy-Rose Walker

Chief Solutions Officer

Natalie covers ESparks marketing and communications and has ninja like tendencies apart from when she broke her wrist! Previous chiclet turned hub team who you’ll most likely find on twitter! Or on a snowboard.

Natalie Morrison

Communications Ninja

Coming from a PA and Customer Service background Kelly handles all the events for our entrepreneurs. She will keep you up to right with all the info and dates that you need.

Kelly Duncan

Initiative Executive

Our partnership with ESpark has been the catalyst to make us better understand the entrepreneur’s mindset and behaviours and think differently about the pivotal part we can play in enabling the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Our ambassadors