Elevator, a social enterprise which supports start-ups in Scotland through its delivery of Business Gateway and a range of other programmes for entrepreneurs, has opened applications for its Spring Accelerator.
Over the past three years, Elevator has supported more than 76 businesses via its three accelerators across Tayside and the North-east, creating 43 jobs and launching 22 start-ups.
Designed to maximise the potential of your business, the 12-week programme encourages ambitious pre-start and existing businesses to take their ideas to the next level, discovering potential growth and investment opportunities.
The next cohort will run from February 25 to May 22, across Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth – with the latter designed specifically for the creative industry, known as the Famous Grouse Ideas Centre Accelerator Powered by Elevator.
Successful entrepreneurs - referred to as Founders - will be matched with mentors to guide them through the programme and will also receive access to investors.
Applications are due to close on January 25.
Andy Campbell, head of Elevator’s Accelerator, said: “Having a great product or idea is only one piece of the puzzle to making success happen. Our Accelerator programmes exist to push businesses to grow, collaborate and flourish. Our team is highly skilled to take start-ups and existing businesses to the next level, and ready for follow on investment.
“We are looking for game changers and world beaters, disruptors and pioneers. We want to be blown away by people’s innovation, potential and passion and identify those who are prepared to work hard at realising their potential, whether it is a start-up or an existing company.
“In return, we can immerse them in a rich environment of opportunity connected to expertise, investment, advice and support. Sharing one common goal - job and wealth creation.”
Murray McGuigan, founder of Flvttr and past Accelerator Founder, commented on his experience: “Elevator’s Accelerator is quite simply the best thing I have ever done. The team challenged me in every way and transformed my original idea into a truly disruptive, innovative business with genuine global potential. To say I am excited about the future is an understatement!”