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Start-ups share £255,000 in Spark funding

Lucy-Rose WalkerEarly stage and growing ventures last night shared £255,000 in the latest round of funding awards from business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark.

Run in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Ulster Bank, KPMG and EMC, the Entrepreneuring Awards took place in eight of the business accelerator’s nine Hatchery locations across the UK.

Each of the start-ups were in with a chance of securing up to £10,000 to help propel their business growth.

Winners included Helena Hills, founder of Truestart Coffee, the only coffee in the world designed specifically for sports performance; Dianne Teo, founder of international fitness company Fatburn Extreme and Melanie Lawson founder of Bare Biology, the UK’s Leading Premium Omega 3 Fish Oil Specialists.

Entrepreneurial Spark co-founder and chief entrepreneuring officer Lucy-Rose Walker (pictured) said that with three new hatcheries opening in August the next round of awards will take place across 12 locations with a prize fund of almost £350,000.  

Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship, RBS & NatWest, said: “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the UK economy and the wealth creators, so it’s really important we give them the right support, access to appropriate expertise knowledge and networks. The standard of all these award winners shows just how impressive UK’s enormous entrepreneurial talent is.”  

Ben McDonald, partner, KPMG Enterprise, commented: “Seeing how far each of the Chiclets has come since embarking on their Entrepreneurial Spark journey is actually rather humbling.”

To date entrepreneurs following the business accelerator programme have raised over £45 million in investment, secured an accumulative turnover of £85m and created 1,816 jobs, showcasing the impact Entrepreneurial Spark has on the business community and UK economy. Around 88% of the companies the business accelerator has worked with are still trading today, a figure far above the industry norm.

With Hatcheries in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayrshire, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Belfast, Leeds and Manchester, the start-ups are given one-to-one expert enablement alongside access to mentors, key partners, free office facilities and a host of training workshops and events.

 

#GoDoAward £3,000

Acceler8 award £7,000

Entrepreneur of the Moment £10,000

Ayrshire winners:

Empower

Arena HR

Dual Fitness

 

Pillow

Edinburgh winners:

Yoco Club

IHF

Actiph

Clarus Site Solutions

Kieran Kelly, arc-net

Glasgow winners:

Orbit

Sonik Pocket

Fairsquared

Optical Factory

Dianne Teo, Fatburn Extreme

Birmingham winners:

Mobile Pay Systems

Vivi Media

Scoutt

Friction Free Shaving

John Loveday, Spearhead Compliance Training

Bristol winners:

This Mum Runs

Brainboost

Orb Technologies

Betty’s Birds

Truestart Coffee

Brighton winners:

Control Freq

Shuttle

Nourish

OMG Tea

Melanie Lawson, Bare Biology

Belfast winners:

Paula L Wilson

Deemtree

Wave and Wake

Locate a Locum

 

Paul Goodchild, Fernleaf Systems

Leeds winners:

Zest Mixology

By Natalia

Loveday Buyer

Music Vine

Rachael Dunsheath, Myroo Skincare

Manchester winners:

I Want A Standing Desk

K-Safe

Beatstream Media

Brainfeed

The Sales Way

 

HATCHERY

PITCH WINNERS

AYRSHIRE

White Rabbit Skincare

Treasure

GLASGOW

Gromego

Sonik Pocket

EDINBURGH

Step it Up Dance

Clarus Site Solutions

YoCo Club

BELFAST

Modern Nature

Skinny Malinky’s

E+Press

BIRMINGHAM

Friction Free Shaving

ABA Tutorship

Celsium

BRISTOL

This Mum Runs

Signable

Brainboost

BRIGHTON

Social Care Training Solutions

OMG Tea

Brighton Ceilidh Collective

LEEDS

BowBaskets

DigiBete

The Supply Box

MANCHESTER

Calla

Hewco Recruitment Ltd

Cool Cold Brew

 

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