About

Our Vision

Our mission is to encourage Entrepreneuring® through the development of entrepreneurial mindset and behaviours.

Our Key Partners

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The last year has been a momentous one for Scotland. It was similarly momentous for Entrepreneurial Spark.

After two years of RBS working successfully together in Scotland, we agreed in September that we would roll-out the accelerator programme across the whole of the UK.

Our new partnership will recreate Entrepreneurial Spark hubs in major cities across the country from Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester to Cardiff and Belfast. Work is now underway in earnest to get them ready for launch.

This marks a step-change in the way RBS/NatWest support entrepreneurs and is a huge investment for us. When we see what impact Entrepreneurial Spark has had on young Scottish businesses, including impressive survival rates, we know it will be worth it.

Gordon Merrylees
Head of Entrepreneurship, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest

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““As part of our dedicated commitment to supporting small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, we at KPMG Enterprise are thrilled to be part of this exciting initiative with Entrepreneurial Spark and RBS/NatWest.

We have a deep-rooted commitment to providing coaching, support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, so we’re delighted to be working together with Entrepreneurial Spark to provide that extra helping hand and vital sounding board to early stage and growing ventures up and down the country.

There’s no doubt that Entrepreneurial Spark is working with some of the big businesses of tomorrow. The more we can do to help entrepreneurs and innovators understand and get to grips with not only their numbers but the eco-system they’re trying to crack, the better.

We are dedicating two KPMG Enterprise ‘Eagles’ to each Hatchery to be there on a fortnightly basis to answer any questions and help aspiring entrepreneurs to navigate financial and commercial challenges. KPMG Enterprise will stand shoulder to shoulder with the entrepreneurs every step of the way through the entrepreneurial rollercoaster and will support them to access the tools they need to grow to become the high profile business leaders of tomorrow.

We look forward to working with the Chiclets and watching as their businesses flourish.”

Iain Moffat
Head of Enterprise, KPMG Enterprise in the UK.

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“Today digital technology is at the heart of business growth and has become the catalyst of success for many of the country’s entrepreneurs.

How data is captured, evaluated, shared and communicated has, and continues, to create innumerable opportunities. DELL Technologies is proud to be the technology partner for Entrepreneurial Spark and working with RBS, have the chance to share our expertise in helping businesses harness the digital opportunity.”

Dayne Turbitt
Vice President, Dell EMC

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Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures.  We have developed a proprietary ‘entrepreneurial enablement’ programme that takes entrepreneurs through a cognitive and action centred development process.  The Entrepreneurial Spark programme lasts for 6 months and can continue for up to 18 months.

Benefits include access to a collaborative office environment suitable for building teams –  our Hatchery!  Businesses in the Hatchery also receive free IT & wifi; access to business enablement and support from a pool of over 50 business mentors.  There are ample opportunities to network during compulsory events, workshops, pitch practice and more.

The focus of the Entrepreneurial Spark programme is on the individual, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours to enable acceleration and growth.

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Where and When

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Practising what we preach with our key Ambassador RBS/NatWest, Entrepreneurial Spark will scale its operation throughout the UK. Our first new UK Hatchery opened in February 2015 at St Philips Place, Birmingham. Currently, our Hatchery’s are:

Edinburgh >
Glasgow >
Ayrshire >
Belfast >
Leeds >
Manchester >
Birmingham >
Cardiff >
Bristol >
Newcastle >
Brighton >
Milton Keynes >

Positively Disruptive Support

Our entrepreneurs in residence

Entrepreneurial Spark works in collaboration with very special mentors, entrepreneurs and professional services businesses. From lawyers to accountants, from manufacturers to investors, they all add great real-time, real-life value to our entrepreneurs. This helps them break down barriers quicker, while joining up the dots in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our Partners

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Our Ambassadors

North Ayrshire
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East Ayrshire Council
Glasgow City Council
Edinburgh Napier University
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