Enterprise Fellowships

Status: This programme is now closed and will re-open in early 2022.

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The Enterprise Fellowships programme supports creative and entrepreneurial engineers who have an exceptional innovation that they plan to develop further. We equip you with the confidence, skills, experience and networks you need to bring your innovation to market.

To date, we've supported over 150 individuals, which have gone on to attract over £210 million in additional funding and create over 1120 jobs.

The Fellowship is a prize awarded to the most promising engineering and technology entrepreneurs, and applications will be open twice a year.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Researchers wishing to spinout a company from a university
  • Recent graduates wishing to create a company
  • International PhD students already based in the UK wishing to spinout or startup here.

Please see the guidance notes for the full eligibility criteria.

What do we provide?

  • Between £50,000 - £60,000 equity-free funding towards your salary and business costs
  • Expert mentoring
  • 15 training days and plus 1:1 coaching
  • PR and marketing support
  • Access to our co-working and meeting space, the Taylor Centre, in central London.

What should you expect from an Enterprise Fellowship?

This is a 12-month programme designed to support and guide you as you grow your startup.

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We kick off with a welcome day where you will meet your peers, the Hub team and some of our key partners. Throughout the programme, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in events with our alumni and community of supporters.

Make invaluable connections

We will connect you with a mentor from the Academy's Fellowship, which is made up of some of the most successful engineers in the UK. Your mentor will be available throughout the 12 months to assist you as you work through your product/market fit, customer validation and business model.

Hub showcase 2018We'll also connect you with the Hub's partners and wider network, which includes investors, government agencies and corporate partners.

Shape your business

Through your training and mentoring, you will develop new ideas about how to shape your business strategy for the highest chance of success. Our package of support will help you implement new ideas, validate your assumptions and hit your milestones, be it trialling a prototype, speaking to your first customers, or working out your route to market.

Accelerate your growth

We'll teach you how to prepare for meetings with investors, partners and customers, and how to communicate your vision through the perfect pitch. We'll promote your business and help you get exposure in the media. We'll introduce you to the right people who can help you grow.

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At the end of your Fellowship year, you will have the chance to show how far you've come when you present at our annual Showcase. You'll pitch to our investment community and industry partners for funding, introductions to key contacts, or whatever support you are looking for at this stage to take your business to the next level.

Hub Member for life!

If you successfully complete the Enterprise Fellowship programme, you will be invited to become a Hub member. You'll join our alumni community of Hub Members, and continue to have access to networking events and relevant opportunities. You can also continue to use the Taylor Centre facilities free of charge to host your own events or meetings.

What do we expect from you?

To join the Fellowship programme, you must be able to work on your business idea full-time. As a charity, we don't take any equity, but we're still committed to seeing you succeed. We expect you to be just as committed to make the most of what the programme offers. Remember - the more you put in, the more you get out!

The Enterprise Fellowships Programme is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:

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