Pre-Accelerator Programme

The Pre-Accelerator Programme

An intensive course of fully funded help and support to help you launch your new business

You’ve got a great new business idea, now what?

If you have the drive and ambition to start up a new business, but are not sure what to do next, we can help take you from entrepreneur to ‘enterprise ready’.

You could be one of 10 early-stage start-ups on our free of charge, five-week Pre-Accelerator Programme.

Our half-day workshops will cover all the essentials:

  • Establishing a business model
  • Finding finance
  • Developing sales and marketing plans
  • Producing forecasts
  • Launching a sustainable business

There will also be opportunities after each workshop to network and learn from others on the course.

The programme culminates in an exciting pitching event where, with our help, you will present your business idea to an invited audience of experts, investors and small business supporters.

Our next Pre-Accelerator Programme begins in October 2019 and runs every Friday for five weeks. 

Valuable, practical business support, at no cost to you

To be eligible for this support you must be:

  • interested in exploring the idea of starting a business
  • an individual aged 16 and over currently in employment, unemployed or economically inactive with an interest in exploring alternative career pathways. 
  • You should not yet have started trading, or have registered with Companies House or HMRC before.

Request an application form

If you think you are eligible, please contact us for an application form. After you apply, you will be contacted by a Berkshire Growth Hub business advisor who will ask a few simple questions to confirm your eligibility.

The programme is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. It is being delivered for the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub by VitalSix Ltd.

What do our clients say about the programme?

“The course has helped me fast-forward my business plans and improved my understanding of how to make my business profitable. It has given me a great perspective on how everything works, from forecasting and finances to marketing and branding.” Billie Lewis

“The Pre-accelerator course has been an incredible learning experience. It has taught me how to research and develop a business plan, how to find financial backing and how to pitch your business idea. Above all, it has given me more confidence and introduced me to a network of supportive people who already run successful businesses.” Nancy Mafico

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What do our clients say?

“The course has helped me fast-forward my business plans and improved my understanding of how to make my business profitable. It has given me a great perspective on how everything works, from forecasting and finances to marketing and branding.”

 Billie Lewis, Fashion Designer

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What do our clients say?

“The Pre-accelerator course has been an incredible learning experience. It has taught me how to research and develop a business plan, how to find financial backing and how to pitch your business idea. Above all, it has given me more confidence and introduced me to a network of supportive people who already run successful businesses.” 

Nancy Mafico

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What do our clients say?

“The course gave me a good understanding of all the elements I needed to consider to start up my own business. It really helped me focus my ideas and actions. Plus, I’ve met some great people. I would definitely recommend it.” 

Elke Posenauer

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