Aberdeenshire start-up accelerator

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Lisa Paton

Do you have a bold, innovative idea which could boost the economy? Are you ready to take the leap and become an entrepreneur? Could you benefit from training, mentorship, incubation space and opportunities for funding?

The Regional Startup Accelerator programme from Robert Gordon University seeks to support early-stage innovators living in the North East of Scotland to develop and grow their entrepreneurial ventures. The programme is open to anyone living in Aberdeenshire and is seeking ideas from all sectors, including those focusing on net zero innovations responding to the challenge of climate change.

If you have an early-stage business idea, the programme can offer you a range of benefits including:

  • At least 16 structured skills development sessions in evenings or weekends
  • Access to £5,000 equity-free funding per team and additional prize funds from an overall programme fund worth up to £250,000
  • A minimum of 10 hours of one-to-one mentoring with industry experts
  • Occupancy of a free city-centre co-working office space
  • Access and use of communications tools and digital resources
  • Promotion and chance to pitch at our final Startup Showcase event

The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council as part of the North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF). Additional funding has been provided by Opportunity North East.

The deadline for applications is 9 January. For full details, and to apply, visit the Regional Start-up Accelerator website.