About us

Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator

Entrepreneurial Spark® 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 advice 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 5 years and/or have a £1 million turnover.

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


Bootcamp

Our Vision

To create a business start-up revival in and from Scotland, through the development of entrepreneurial mindset and behaviours.

Bootcamp

ESpark’ programme provides tailored support to idea stage through to growth stage businesses. Starting with a 5 day bootcamp providing entrepreneurs with skills in Value Proposition, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Leadership and Entrepreneurial Mindset and Behaviours. Then applying these new skills practically in an apprentice style challenge throughout the week ending in a pitching competition to a panel of dragon’s den style judges.


Induction

Welcome to ESpark! Day one begins with an introduction to ESpark this is when you hear about the workshops, tools, training and support the ESpark team will offer you.


#GoDo

For 6 months you will be supported, challenged and guided towards growing your business or developing your idea. Receive regular and meetings with the ESpark team to help you set and meet your goals. Have the opportunity to attend workshops in PR, employment and investment etc. Attend clinics run by our ambassadors such as Harper Macleod, RBS etc. Entrepreneurial Spark will provide you with as many opportunities as we can but it’s up to you to take them. ESpark goal is to help you grow your business.

At the end of your 6 months you will be able to apply for further support providing you can prove to the ESpark team that your business can continue to grow.

Application Process

Got a business idea? Check out our infographic then why not take our Quiz to see if you are ready to get accelerated!


Step One:

Check your eligibility by taking our online quiz.


Step Two:

Complete our online application form (it's easy we promise.)


Step Three:

The pitch. Your best 60 seconds on your business.


Step Four:

Next, our team will speed interview you. Like speed dating...but a bit more challenging!


Step Five:

Lastly, we'll make a collective decision.


Please don't worry if you don't make it this time. We're open again in 6 months and we'd love to see you apply again!
Bootcamp

Have you taken our online quiz to see if this is the right step for you?

Events

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 click here.

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

Meet our team

Meet our sparky and committed ESpark enablement team, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

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!

Hobbies:Running, Yoga and covering everything in salt!

Professor Duffy

Chief Executive Optimist at ESpark

Brian is the Group Managing Director for Visioncall Group. He’s unconventional, straight to the point & entrepreneurially fuelled. Try to download his brain & yours will explode!

Hobbies: Basketball, Playing the guitar and Glasses - Beer, wine or otherwise!

Brian McGuire

Co Founder of Entrepreneurial-Spark

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!)

Hobbies: Crazy golf, Prosecco and handstands - also usually in that order.

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.

Hobbies: Making daisy chains, Thai Chi and tight rope walking.

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.

Hobbies: Festivals, Shopping and Holidays. “Work hard, Play hard”

Kelly Duncan

Initiative Executive

Gayle has worked with almost every business support service and so knows what can help you make your business work! Oh and then she did a half Ironman and then ToughMudder, just the usual stuff you do while on holiday!

Hobbies: Sunbathing, disco dancing and general hilarity.

Gayle Heggie

Glasgow Enabler

Ken has first-hand knowledge of the challenges that new businesses face and has been at Google HQ! But don’t be fooled by Ken’s quiet demeanour he is a business assassin! With him in your corner your competition has no chance

Hobbies: Anything to do with Disney, chess and strictly come dancing.

Ken Whipp

Glasgow Enabler

Marianne set up and ran her own successful business Toucan Kids. And she knows exactly what you’re going through she’s been there too! (ESpark Alumni) Also Marianne is MBTI Practitioner (Almost mind reader!!!)

Hobbies: Psychometric analysis, drinking tea and dance floor party games.

Marrianne Muir

West Coast Enabler

Before Anne was an Enabler she was an ESpark mentor, her dedication to supporting start-ups is clear! Anne has her own successful on-line business so knows her stuff about SEO and all the challenges and hard work it takes to keep it all running!

Hobbies: T in the Park, salsa dancing and eating ice cream.

Anne Ferguson

Edinburgh Enabler

Amy jetted back from Dubai to join the ESpark team, she is passionate about start ups and never shy’s away from a challenge! Be sure to listen to her questions she will keep asking you them for a reason.

Hobbies: Rally driving, gardening and collecting handbags.

Amy Burnett

Edinburgh Enabler

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 supporters

We are always on the look out for people to support the Chiclets in all areas that they need assistance with through their start-up journey, so if you think you would be of benefit to them in providing free support and special Chiclet rates then please get in touch.

Get involved with ESpark and help support our start-ups

Contact us

Entrepreneurial-Spark | hub@entrepreneurial-spark.com | +(44) 0141 418 9120 | Caledonia House, Lawmoor Street, Glasgow, G5 0US

All we ask is that you don’t drop by for a visit. We don’t accept walk in meetings, but you can always reach us.