Loughborough University and Charnwood Borough Council have partnered together to launch an exciting new programme that aims to help local people working on unique, early-stage products or services to bring their vision to life. 

Established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the business start-up accelerator aims to develop a new generation of businesses rooted in Loughborough that are resilient to future challenges. 

The two-year programme is being delivered by LU Inc. (Loughborough University’s incubator) and is part-funded by £314,000 from a COVID-19 Recovery Fund created using Enterprise Zone Business Rates. Charnwood Borough Council is backing the programme, which was approved by the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP). 

It will equip early-stage business founders with the skills, knowledge, resources, and networks to rapidly test, validate, set up, and grow their businesses, with the aim of helping to replenish the local economy with new businesses post-pandemic. 

On offer is one-to-one and group coaching, training and meet-ups, connections to other business support networks, workspace, and the chance to apply for funding towards a follow-on workspace on completion of the programme. 

Aspiring entrepreneurs interested in finding out more or applying to be part of the business accelerator programme can do so by visiting the dedicated webpage

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