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Launchpad FUEL programme

STARTUP: support, workshops, mentors, space and funding

FUEL Programme

Our Intensive 7-Week Graduate Start-Up Programme offers you the experience of expert-led workshops, mentoring and support, getting you ready to pitch for up to a share of £30k grant funding.

The programme is specifically for Teesside University students, graduates and staff who are in the first stages of starting a business.

This interactive, industry-led programme brings together the best Tees Valley-based business mentors and coaches to deliver each syllabus topic and takes you through the stages of starting a business.

At the end of the programme you benefit from:

  • an opportunity for each business founder to pitch to the trustees for grant funding
  • dedicated office space for six months at Teesside Launchpad (if needed)
  • expert mentoring and coaching
  • business workshops and networking opportunities.

How to apply

  1. Create a two-minute pitch video and a 250-word synopsis telling us what your business idea is and why you think the FUEL programme and funding will help you.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube and send us your link
  • Deadline for applications 14th July 2024
  • Start date of programme 29th July 2024
  • End date of programme 12th September 2024

Applications need to be sent to

Pitch video must haves:

  • an outline of your business idea
  • what the problem you are solving is and for whom 
  • how the FUEL funding would help your business
  • what you would spend the grant funding on.

Good luck!

Business support and incubation

Since 2015, our mission has been to create an entrepreneurial community to support our University’s most promising start-ups and founders, investing our time and resources to help them succeed.

From superb spaces, mentorship, expert-led workshops and networking events, Launchpad participants enjoy access to outstanding services and programmes, led by dedicated professionals.

We offer:

  • subsidised starter offices at £120 per month (includes all utilities, high speed WiFi) for up to 12 months
  • access to reduced rate follow-on space
  • access to the University Library and gym, access to car park (chargeable)
  • workshops and mentoring
  • opportunities to network with the Launchpad and co-working community.

Criteria for an office:

  • have at least one Teesside University graduate in your team
  • be in initial stages of starting up / recently registered (under six months old)
  • be able to show growth plan
  • have at least two founders in your team
  • willing to contribute to the community and attend events and workshops specifically for Launchpad incubated businesses
  • to be subject to regular business reviews
  • be revenue generating.

POWERUP: indie games accelerator

Our purpose-built accelerator programme for early-stage independent video games studios offers:

  • six studios per cycle
  • 12-seater studio per team
  • PCs and software licences
  • PR and event support
  • industry-led workshops
  • industry mentors
  • publisher pitching

Next intake September 2023

How to apply:

  1. Pitch your studio to camera telling us about your team, your game, and your aims and aspirations.
  2. Upload to YouTube
  3. Application criteria
    • you must be a graduate
    • you must have a team

Entry dates to be confirmed, but contact us with an expression of interest.

Current POWERUP teams include:

Good luck!

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