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Northern Max 3 cohorts prepare for the big pitch!

The Northern Max 3 programme has just finished its final workshop! 10 weeks have flown by and through hard work and dedication, so much has been achieved by all involved.

Workshop 10 had a different feel to the other sessions as it was based around pitching your business.  Russell Copley took the cohort through a whistle-stop tour of all things pitching and investment, and then we spent the rest of the session coaching the businesses helping them craft their approach, all with the valuable support of Penny Coulthard from North Invest.  The accelerator programme, and in particular, this final workshop has been building the businesses up in preparation for the live pitching event on the 2nd July.

The final event will see the cohort present their businesses to a panel of 4 judges, in front of a large (zoom) live audience all in the hope they will be crowned ‘winner’; although each business is very deserving of that title regardless of the outcome.

The last session was topped off with the final masterclass with Ellen Chapman, MD of TrickleNet.  TrickleNet were the very worthy winners of last year’s 10by10 accelerator programme in Lincoln.  Ellen was full of praise for the programme and helped allay any fears/nerves/wobbles the current cohort may have before the face the panel next week.  ‘It is terrifying but you just have to think what have I got to lose’ – wise words from Ellen, who hasn’t looked back since she won with her business going from strength to strength.

The Northern Max 3 programme has taken the 15 businesses through 10 workshops, 3 speed-dating sessions, and a total of 5 masterclasses (and 1 pitching final on its way), and it has been a fantastic journey.  There will be many case studies to follow as a result of everyone’s hard work, so watch this space!

Northern Max 3, is a specialist business support programme for digital and technology firms in the Leeds/Bradford area.  This fully funded business support programme, running across a period of ten weeks, started on 23 April.  Northern Max 3 is being delivered virtually by Greenborough Business Management’s 10×10 accelerator programme in partnership with Bradford Council and AD:VENTURE, a business support programme for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It forms part of AD:VENTURE’s pledge to continue to support businesses using online tools despite the pandemic.

For more details on the Northern Max 3 programme, visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax3

Northern Max 3 Hits the halfway point on virtual delivery and top marks on results!

The Northern Max 3 programme is now over half-way, having just delivered its 6th workshop, 3rd masterclass and 2nd ‘speed dating’ meeting.  The programme is taking the 15-strong cohort through a very intensive workshop schedule where there has been a lot of self-assessment and analysis resulting in some startling revelations about themselves!

The cohort have been working collectively throughout the programme and have already developed relationships that will continue post the 10-week programme.

Week 3 delivered by Sara Scott focused on route to markets and the core elements that make up, influence and affect a business’ brand.

Alison Bull, Founder of Tandem Agency delivered week 4’s workshop and built on the foundations of Sara’s session looking at profiling the customer.

Lisa Grogan, co-CEO of Overlap Associates addressed the cohort from Canada about user-centred design to develop strategies, plans and a way of solving problems and the principles of how she started and grew her business as well as juggling a family life.

Week 5 featured Paula Finch talking about people and resources, where she led the group through a shared understanding of the principles of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and how this is critical to building work teams.

Week 6 started with Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management at Bradford University talking all things circular economy, partnerships and the importance of inclusive strategies.  Annabelle Beckwith followed the masterclass with her session on Partnerships and Collaborations and the importance of finding the right business partner – along with the horror stories!

Initial feedback from participants has all been positive, some highlights below:

“It helped me to think about what my audiences are looking for and how to speak to them in a way that will make them take action”

“the presentation skills really made me think about my own development and how I can look to improve how I interact with people”

Northern Max 3, is a specialist business support programme for digital and technology firms in the Leeds/Bradford area.  This fully funded business support programme, running across a period of ten weeks, started on 23 April.  Northern Max 3 is being delivered virtually by Greenborough Business Management’s 10×10 accelerator programme in partnership with Bradford Council and AD:VENTURE, a business support programme for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It forms part of AD:VENTURE’s pledge to continue to support businesses using online tools despite the pandemic.

For more details on the Northern Max 3 programme, visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax3

Bradford Northern Max 3 Business Accelerator Programme Underway!

Northern Max 3, a specialist business support programme for digital and technology firms in the Leeds/Bradford area, is now well underway.

Launched by Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, this fully funded business support programme, running across a period of ten weeks, started on 23 April.  A virtual room full of 15 early stage digital and technology businesses learned about business model innovation, got to know each other, met with their mentors and absorbed the breadth and depth of support on offer.  As a reaction to the COVID-19 crisis the organisers of Northern Max 3, Greenborough Management (upon whose 10×10 programme Northern Max is modelled), have also offered to support a further 6 local businesses who were not quite eligible for the full programme.

Week 2, which included a fascinating insight into the life and career of local entrepreneur, Jag Panesar of Xpand Marketing, built on the foundations of week 1 with a workshop focused on goal setting, vision and objectives.

Northern Max 3 is being delivered virtually by Greenborough Business Management’s 10×10 accelerator programme in partnership with Bradford Council and AD:VENTURE, a business support programme for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It forms part of AD:VENTURE’s pledge to continue to support businesses using online tools despite the pandemic.

Michelle Davis, who heads up the 10×10 team at Greenborough, said: “We are delighted with the interest in the programme.  We had nearly 30 great applicants for what was originally 12 places.  Working with our colleagues from Bradford Council we were excited to be able to increase our cohort to 15, as well as to be able to offer access to much of the support to a further 6 local businesses.

“The level of engagement from the participants has already been great, and the feedback from them about the first 2 weeks has been really positive.  We look forward to making a difference to businesses from Bradford and the wider Leeds City Region.”

For more details on the Northern Max 3 programme, visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax3

Tender for the Ad:Venture Accelerator Programme 2020

Tender for the Ad:Venture Accelerator Programme 2020

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC) wishes to continue the success of the Northern MAX accelerator programme by launching Northern MAX 3 in early 2020, the third programme in as many years.  Northern MAX is an intensive business support programme delivered in Bradford to serve digital technology start-up businesses based in the Leeds City Region.

As such, CBMDC is inviting submissions from Service Providers to deliver an accelerator programme with a digital technology sector focus to a third cohort.

Northern MAX 3 will form part of the Leeds City Region European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Ad:Venture programme which will deliver a programme of activity to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises until March 2022.

CBMDC is a partner in the Leeds City Council led Ad:Venture consortium of Local Authorities, Chambers of Commerce, the Princes Trust and the Universities within the Leeds City Region.  The Ad:Venture programme targets pre start-ups and businesses to 3 years trading, identified as having high growth potential, with the propensity to create jobs, trading predominantly business to business and is available to most business sectors. The package of support includes; expert mentoring, events and workshops, finance brokerage, grants, business incubator space, one to one consultancy projects and peer to peer learning.

The successful bidder will work closely with the CBMDC Digital Enterprise Advisor to support the delivery of a successful Northern MAX 3 accelerator programme.  The Digital Enterprise Advisor will provide ongoing support to businesses following the completion of the Northern MAX 3 programme. The successful bidder will also be expected to liaise with the Ad:Venture core programme team based in Leeds regarding marketing, ERDF compliance and documentation.

The Accelerator Programme will be 50% funded by ERDF and 50% funded by CBMDC.  The contract will be between CBMDC and the successful bidder.

For full details and submission guidance please CLICK HERE