One of the four programmes of Manchester Entrepreneurs includes our very own accelerator programme called AccelerateME. The student-led accelerator is completely equity free and designed to help you start your own business. Here’s what you need to know:
AccelerateME is a 4-month programme structured around approximately five intensive sessions which are designed to take your business to the next level. The sessions, which begin from February 2020, are tailored according to your start-up’s individual needs, and help you set goals, which you can start relentlessly working towards.
All of the sessions are compulsory and will usually take place during weekends or weekday evenings so it fits around your university schedule.
Apart from attending the sessions, participants are encouraged to arrange weekly one-on-one consultancy sessions with the AccelerateME team, advisors and mentors.
At the end of the programme, participants are invited to showcase their start-up and their achievements to an audience consisting of investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and influencers of the Manchester start-up ecosystem.
The aim of this event is to set you up for post-programme success, whether it be applying to another accelerator or securing an investment. Most of the AccelerateME alumni have successfully applied to accelerators such as Ignite, Wayra, Dotforge, MassChallenge who invest anywhere from £20,000 to £70,000 into their start-ups and then help you raise seed funding worth £50,000 or more.
What You Get:
Each start-up on AccelerateME is granted access to the following benefits:
Each start-up on AccelerateME will get up to £1,500 in funding, with the possibility of earning another £500 whilst completing the programme.
Participants of the programme will receive mentorship and professional assistance from our partners and advisors who will guide you throughout your journey at AccelerateME.
For the duration of the programme, you will have free access to an office space in the Manchester Science Partnerships.
Who is AccelerateME for?
AccelerateME is primarily aimed at students and alumni enrolled at any of the following universities: University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford and Royal Northern College of Music.
If you are a student or a recent graduate at any of the universities included above, and you have an idea for a start-up, whether it be tech-based, a social enterprise or something else - it doesn’t matter, you are more than welcome to apply for the programme.
This year, the AccelerateME team will review applications on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the higher your chance of success. The applications will close at 11:59pm on November 15th 2019.
After the application deadline, the AccelerateME team will review all of the applications, and create a shortlist of those who will be invited to an online interview.
Finally, successful applicants will be invited to take part in our Bootcamp on the 7th December, where the best teams will be determined and selected onto the programme.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Sounds good? You can submit your application to AccelerateME by clicking here.
Alternatively, if you have any remaining questions about the programme, you can contact us by visiting our website.
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Written by Siim Pettai