Businesses that apply for the Springboard investment and business accelerator programme are being given the opportunity to learn valuable business lessons in a series of one to one office hours mentoring sessions followed by a network event.
Cambridge Angels support Springboard
The sessions, which takes place on Thursday 3rd February at TechHub London is open to all businesses that apply for the Springboard programme by the 30th January. This will bring together experienced entrepreneurs and investors to offer support and advice to early-stage businesses on how to develop their business.
Backed by an angel investor syndicate, ideaSpace, and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Springboard is a 13 week mentoring programme which combines support and networking opportunities, as well as up to £15,000 of investment capital. Applicants have until 20 February to compete for one of ten places on the programme.
Springboard has also recently received the backing of Cambridge Angels and the programme is being run in association with them. David Cleevely, co-founder of the Cambridge Angels will join leading Venture Capitalists, Angel investors and entrepreneurs and including Alex van Someren from Amadeus Capital Partners; Colin Willis, Managing Director at Hotspur Capital Partners and Neil McClements, Managing Partner at Fintech Ventures Fund as mentors on the programme.
Robert Sansom a mentor on the programme says: “I’m delighted to be on board with Springboard and help support early-stage businesses in becoming ‘deal-ready’. These sessions are an excellent chance for all these entrepreneurs to garner crucial business insights from experienced mentors and I’d encourage all who are interested to apply”.
To apply for a place on Springboard visit www.springboard.com
The Springboard programme was originally founded by Red Gate Software Limited (“Red Gate”) in 2009. The newly revised programme will be managed by Jon Bradford, the founder of the Difference Engine.
Springboard will be a full time 13 week seed accelerator programme that combines investment capital and intensive mentoring and coaching from experienced entrepreneurs. The programme will be open to anyone from anywhere, with up to ten teams participating. The programme will end with the teams presenting their proposition to venture capitalists and angel investors at an Investor Day.
NESTA is the UK’s foremost independent expert on how innovation can solve some of the country’s major economic and social challenges. Its work is enabled by an endowment, funded by the National Lottery, and it continues to operate at no cost to the taxpayer.
NESTA is a world leader in its field and carries out its work through a blend of experimental programmes, analytical research and investment in early-stage companies. www.nesta.org.uk
ideaSpace, part of the University of Cambridge Hauser Forum, is a hub for early stage innovation, providing space and resource to a wide community of advisors, innovators and entrepreneurs.
The ideaSpace co-working facility, opened in June 2010, currently hosts 49 members working on over 30 startup ventures. Programmes and events supported by ideaSpace have delivered enterprise and innovation training to over 1000 individuals in the last year.
ideaSpace is funded by part of a donation to the University of Cambridge by the Hauser-Raspe Foundation and enabled by EEDA. www.ideaspace.cam.ac.uk
Cambridge Angels is a leading UK business angel network with international connections.
We are a collaborative Cambridge-based group, actively mentoring and investing in innovative entrepreneurial teams and their ideas, to achieve returns and help realise their full potential. We have a strong ethos of backing merit and supporting entrepreneurship.
Our members, most of whom are successful entrepreneurs, invest in a wide range of start-up and scale-up businesses with a particular focus on technology, internet, software, hardware, and tools and technologies supporting healthcare.