What is ACCELERATE at Leeds Beckett University?


Gain control of your business, build resilience and prepare yourself to make the most of the new business landscape with our ACCELERATE programme.

Accelerate is a six-month structured programme. It offers flexible one-to-one support for you and your business – and keeps you on track to help achieve your goals.

The aim of the programme is to give you the core building blocks to understand how to grow and develop your business.

We offer practical sessions focused on improving knowledge and efficiencies around finance, marketing, operations and your strategic approach.


Accelerate brings together in-person workshops, weekly live webinars and one to one support along with advice on grants and funding.

The live webinars, which will cover key topics such as Building Blocks for Business Success, Connecting with Your Customers and Making it Happen will start in SEPTEMBER 2022 for 6 weeks. 


Developing your business model and value proposition
Connecting with customers, Marketing 
Making it happen - Operations
How to move my business forward - Finance & Sales 

Additional Support from ACCELERATE.

  • Guided learning tasks and access to a resource library to help you complete your own Action Plan for recovery.
  • Up to 15 hours of one to one mentoring
  • Access to wider University support including student and graduate talent via recruitment, internships and placements and opportunities to collaborate on research projects
  • Access to grants and funding



Take a look at our video case study from Helen Hepworth at Collective Stories and see how she benefited from Accelerate at Leeds Beckett University


You can also read our case studies to see how more businesses benefitted from the programme

Madeby Studio

“Accelerate was great for helping us learn new skills from experts and while on the course we met people we have gone on to collaborate with, and that’s what AD:VENTURE also does; it helps you build networks across Leeds and the city region.” Matt Wheeler

Proper Oats

“When people think of business support they think of funding, but the expert advice you get is invaluable. They have specialist knowledge in different areas, which would be hard to access if you don’t have the funds to pay for it.” Suzanne Ferreira


“For me the most impactful bit was the business advice and the sessions with Stephanie, who would really make me think from a business perspective.

“Being on the Accelerate programme also made me realise the importance of branding, and was the reason for the application and successful registration of Intellistart as a Trade Mark” Joel Cortez

The next Accelerate programme will be delivered in May 2022.

It is aimed at businesses who are:

  • Looking to grow and create jobs in the Leeds City Region
  • Delivering their product or services to other businesses rather than direct to the consumer
  • Looking for a structured programme, with flexible one to one support, which will keep you on track to help achieve your goals

Interested in joining ACCELERATE at Leeds Beckett University?


On the programme you’ll benefit from:

  • Pre-recorded masterclasses
  • Six weekly live webinars – covering topics such as Connecting with Customers, Making It Happen, and Developing Your Business Model and Value Proposition
  • One-to-one support
  • Advice on grants and funding
  • A chance to meet and network with other young businesses

Interested in joining ACCELERATE at Leeds Beckett University?


It’s easy!

If you are interested in joining the programme, please email us at telling us a bit about you and your business and providing contact information.

A member of the team will be in touch and once we have confirmed your eligibility you will be given access to our online programmes and mentoring.

Interested in joining ACCELERATE at Leeds Beckett University?


Where is it?

Subject to the position in terms of Covid 19, the intention is to deliver some of the content in a face-to-face setting in the centre of Leeds whilst also using a mix of webinars and virtual where appropriate.

Interested in joining ACCELERATE at Leeds Beckett University?