Birmingham entrepreneurs awarded £10,000

Birmingham entrepreneurs awarded £10,000

Six local entrepreneurs have been awarded £10,000 between them at Birmingham’s #GoDoAcceler8 training and awards event at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Birmingham hub.

The event included a training and networking programme dedicated to developing entrepreneurial leadership skills and encouraging growth for the new businesses that joined the hub in February.

Winners included Friction Free Shaving who won the £3,000 Acceler8 Award alongside two #GoDo prizes of £2,000 awarded to Celsium and Home to Home.

ABA Tutorship, Miss Macaroon and School of Code all walked away with £1,000 pitching prizes.

Jim Duffy, founder and chief executive officer at Entrepreneurial Spark, said: “The progress we see is incredible and it’s hugely rewarding to watch entrepreneurs who joined us three months ago often unable to clearly articulate their business idea stand up and deliver a winning pitch.

“Our Chiclets have raised more than £45m in investment to date, and #GoDoAcceler8 is an important stage in each businesses’ growth as they look to scale up and build incredible businesses.”

Run alongside partners NatWest and KPMG, Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-up and scaleup businesses and has provided free support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation for over 650 businesses across the UK.

Alison Rose, CEO of commercial and private banking at NatWest, said: “Congratulations to all the entrepreneurs who took part yesterday. 

“Seeing how far the Chiclets have come in just three months, it will be really exciting to see how much they improve by the end of the programme.”