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Accelerate at Leeds Beckett University

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Gain control of your business, build resilience and prepare yourself to make the most of the new business landscape with our Accelerate programme.

Accelerate is a 6-month programme of support which brings together pre-recorded masterclasses, weekly live webinars and one to one support along with advice on grants and funding.

The next cohort, which will cover key topics such as Building Blocks for Business Success, Connecting with Your Customers and Making it Happen will start from 9 June 2021 for 6 weeks.

Accelerate at Leeds Beckett University

ACCELERATE with Leeds Beckett University and AD:VENTURE

Helen shares her experience of Accelerate

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The next Accelerate masterclass cohort will begin on 9 June 2021. Please contact us to express your interest in joining.

Building Blocks for Business Success - Wednesday 9 June, 09:30   
Find out what it takes to build an idea into a successful business venture. Understand the importance of having a good business model using the business model canvas.

Developing your Business Model & Value Proposition - Wednesday 16 June, 09:30   
Explore the tools needed to develop your business model and value proposition.   Establish a clear purpose and vision for the business.

Connecting with Your Customers (Marketing) - Monday 21 June, 09:30

Discover your ideal customer, understand their needs, help them achieve their objectives and learn how to add value and gain loyalty.

Moving my Finances Forward - Monday 28 June, 09:30
Understand the financial basics to enable you to build revenue and develop cost structures, cashflow and forecasting.  Focus on lean start up and ‘bootstrapping’ to grow your business.             

Making It Happen - Monday 5 July, 09:30
Review your business operations to improve efficiency and enable scale up.  Discover what resources and key partnerships you need to drive the vision and succeed.

Connecting with Customers (Sales) - Monday 12 July, 09:30
Learn simple techniques on how to convert customer interest into sale, plan and structure sales meetings, the basic rules of negotiation, how to be more persuasive and close a deal.

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Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Accelerate at Leeds Beckett University is part of the AD:VENTURE programme.

It is aimed at businesses who are:
• Looking to grow and create jobs in the Leeds City Region
• Delivering their product or services to other businesses rather than direct to the consumer.
• Looking for a structured programme, with flexible one to one support, which will keep you on track to help achieve your goals.

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Email to register your interest. Once we have confirmed your eligibility you will be given access to our online programmes and mentoring.

Contact Us

To register your interest, or to find out if your business is eligible for support, please contact us:

The Ad:Venture Programme

Leeds Beckett University is a partner in the AD:VENTURE programme, which brings together universities from across the Leeds City region with local Councils, Chambers and with private sector partners. The AD:VENTURE partners offer a diverse range of expertise and services to support young businesses to grow.

For more information on the Adventure Project and its partners please visit

Leeds Beckett University is a proud partner in the Ad:Venture programme. We appreciate the vital role entrepreneurs and growing businesses have to play in our City-Region’s economy and through this programme we will be able to support more businesses to grow by matching specific business needs to our academic and business experts.

Simon Baldwin, Head of Enterprise and Operations

University Business Centres

Our University Business Centres in Leeds, Halifax and Wakefield are the perfect place to locate your business. As a special offer for our Accelerate clients we are able to offer free registered business address for free for 6 months. Visit the University Business Centre website for more information.

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When I started the business I didn't have time to attend lots of networking events to find the right people....having my own advisor has helped me navigate through that

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