Entrepreneurs gearing up to get underway at Bristol accelerator hub

Caroline Thompson (left) & Andy Jackson

Caroline Thompson (left) & Andy Jackson

Nearly 30 entrepreneurs have already won a place on a new accelerator programme due to open in Bristol this summer.

Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest, the world’s largest free entrepreneurial accelerator, will open a hub – or ‘Hatchery’ – for start-up businesses in August.

The new hub will be located in the NatWest building at Trinity Quay and will accommodate up to 80 businesses. More than 160 applications have been received so far and interviews are on-going.

Entrepreneurs are still being encouraged to apply for a place.

James Savage, founder of Simpalarm, and James Cullen of Productive Meetings Ltd are among the entrepreneurs to have already won a place on the programme.

They will join in August for up to six months, with potential to continue for another 12 if they are among the most promising.

Access to the Bristol Hatchery will include physical office space with superfast internet, a start-up Bootcamp, dedicated mentoring, regular events, workshops and training, all free of charge.

Caroline Thompson, NatWest’s entrepreneur development manager for the Bristol hub, comments: “There’s so much energy in Bristol and the South West and there’s plenty of enthusiasm for the arrival of the Entrepreneurial Spark hub.

“We can’t wait to open the doors at Trinity Quay to James and James and all their fellow entrepreneurs.

“The Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest programme focuses very much on developing their skills and attributes as individuals, preparing them to have the know-how to make their business ideas investor-ready.

“I’m thrilled with the interest we’ve had and the number who have already earned their place, but there’s still time to join them.”

For more information on the Bristol hatchery and details of how to apply visit www.entrepreneurial-spark.com