Entrepreneurs

Do you dream of starting your own high growth business, with the flexibility and freedom that comes with being your own boss?

Could you grow and scale a business to £1m turnover within three years?

If you have the capability, confidence and a strong concept, we’d like to hear from you.

High Potential Startups is designed to provide all the help you need to make your ambitious vision a reality.

If you’ve got the idea and experience, we’ll help you test market ideas, understand your customer base, fill skills and knowledge gaps, access finance and find co-founders.

This is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to start a high growth business with a comprehensive and holistic package of support.

Applicants enrolled onto High Potential Startups will benefit from:

  • A series of six structured, intensive and highly immersive workshops designed to inspire and move you through the business planning process and towards business formation. Workshops will be complemented with a range of high-quality learning materials, tools and techniques provided both online and face to face.
  • One-to-one coaching will help you to develop yourself and your ideas.
  • Volunteer mentors and specialists who can support the development of your business.
  • Investor relations and investment readiness support with managed introductions to potential investors.
  • The offer of a grant to help you get your business off the ground.
  • Celebration events and connecting you with the High Potential Startups community.

You can find out more by taking a look at our FAQ’s and eligibility criteria – then if you think it’s for you – let us know, by completing the short form at the bottom of the page.

Thank you for your interest in High Potential Startups

Our second intake of pre-start entrepreneurs for our High Potential Start-up Programme has now closed.

We will be reopening expressions of interest for our Third Cohort from mid-March 2020, with a view for this to commence at the end of May.

If you are interested and would like to leave your details, please send them to andrew.leigh@nelep.co.uk or complete the form below and we will contact you when the window is open.

If you are a business or entrepreneur seeking help with business support or how to access finance and funding, expert advice is still available.

Visit the North East Growth Hub or speak to one of Growth Hub Connectors today. You could also follow @ growthhubNE to keep up to date with the programme.