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GoDoAcceler8 programme

Cash prizes for ESpark’s latest young tycoons

Jim DuffyTwelve cash prizes were handed out at the annual GoDoAcceler8 event at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Glasgow and Ayrshire Hatcheries.

The event involved a training and networking programme to develop those businesses that joined the two hatcheries in February.

It also marked the half way point of the intake’s six month programme which is supported by RBS and KPMG.

Six firms receiving prizes: The Optical Factory, Clarity in Communication (£3,000 each), 5th Avenue Dental, GK UN, Curious Larder, Pro-Level Soccer (£2,000 each).

A further £1,000 was awarded to each of six entrepreneurs who best delivered a 60 second pitch about their company to a panel of judges.

They were:

Ayrshire 

Clarity Comms – Scott McClelland

Lingo Flamingo – Robbie Norval

Treasure – Amanda Brown

Glasgow:

Secret Shopper – Shannon Travers

Welltime – Mubbasher Khamzada

5th Ave. Dental – John Moore

Jim Duffy (pictured), founder and chief executive at Entrepreneurial Spark, said: “GoDoAcceler8 is an exciting stage in the Entrepreneurial Spark programme.

“The progress we see is incredible and it’s hugely rewarding to watch entrepreneurs who joined us three months ago often unable to clearly articulate their business idea stand up and deliver a winning pitch.

“Our Chiclets have raised more than £45million in investment to date, and GoDoAcceler8 is an important stage in each businesses’ growth as they look to scale up and build incredible businesses.”

 * Registration is now open to attend the Scottish EDGE Round 8 Finals Day, which will take place at the RBS Conference Centre on 20 June. Details here.

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