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Entrepreneurs from across the Sheffield City Region are being invited to apply for the UK Steel Enterprise Y-Accelerator programme, dedicated to supporting individuals, teams and companies looking to get a new business idea off the ground. 

The UKSE Y-Accelerator programme will provide 10 successful candidates access to free-of-charge intensive business advice and development assistance, as well as the opportunity to pitch for a £25k equity investment from UKSE to finance their business.

The Y-Accelerator partnership is a collaboration between private and public-sector organisations – including UKSE, the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO) and Gripple Ltd – and forms part of the SCR Economic Plan, working to develop a strong start-up eco system across the region.

Officially open to applicants through the SCR Growth Hub portal until November 30th, the programme is ‘welcoming business ideas from anyone with aspirations and an innovative business idea’ – with the 10 successful applicants then given the opportunity to undergo three months of intensive business training.

At the end of the process each entrepreneur will be invited to pitch to an audience of investors to be in with the chance to secure investment of up to £25,000 from UK Steel Enterprise, enabling them to take their business to the next stage.

Mihaela Gruia, founder of Research Retold - last year’s Y-Accelerator winner - has commented: “I found the Y-Accelerator to be an extremely useful experience because it gave me focus and dedicated space and time to work on developing the business.

“The Y-Accelerator team were particularly helpful for brainstorming, critique, encouragement and developing my growth strategy.”

Keith Williams of UKSE commented: “The Y-Accelerator is a great programme and we encourage anyone with an innovative idea and the aspiration to build a high-growth business to get involved.

“Offering tailored sessions to meet the needs of every candidate, the advice from our business mentors gives entrepreneurs the chance to take their business idea to the next level.”

Ten successful applicants will be chosen to go through the Y-Accelerator programme and will be invited to an initial meeting held in December 2017. Successful applicants will commence the Y-Accelerator programme in January 2018.

For more information on Y-Accelerator, telephone RiDO on 01709 331133 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.