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The NatWest Accelerator programme is now open for applications for the March 2024 cohort. The programme offers support to entrepreneurs and SMEs. It helps businesses to scale to the next level.

The NatWest Accelerator programme provides fully funded coaching and mentoring specifically designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who want to grow their business, regardless of geographic location or sector.

Accelerator wrap-around support

NatWest recognises that every business owner is different and that the motivations for scaling a business can vary greatly. It also understands the power of being surrounded by a network of like minded individuals and specialists. 

The programme is free and specialises in wrap-around support. It provides:

  • One-to-one coaching with acceleration managers
  • A programme of thought leadership and events
  • Access to a network of like-minded peers, supported by Natwest ecosystem managers
  • Focused support with access to experts from every sector
  • The use of modern co-working spaces in one of Natwest’s nationwide hubs.

Programme timeline

The programme starts with an IGNITION event in the week commencing Monday 11 March 2024 and extends over six months with fortnightly events, opportunities and monthly one-to-one, peer-to-peer and group coaching sessions.

There is an option to reapply for up to eighteen months of support in total, with the first six months open to non-NatWest group customers.

Applications for this intake will close on Friday 16 February. Interviews will take place throughout the entire application window. Places are limited.

NatWest Accelerator Programme Download PDF

Discovery events

NatWest is holding some application discovery events for potential applicants. To find out more about the Accelerator programme and better understand what’s on offer attend either an online or a face to face event at your local Accelerator Hub.

For Sandwell businesses the closest hub is in Birmingham and discovery events are taking place every couple of weeks from Tuesday 12 December. Find out more and register via Eventbrite.

Find a virtual discovery event here.

To apply for a place on the Accelerator programme use link below then complete the short application form. Visit the NatWest website to find out about eligibility criteria, and terms and conditions.

Another opportunity: Clean Transport Specialist Accelerator

Transport is the largest carbon emitting sector in the UK, accounting for more than a quarter of emissions. The sector is therefore critical to climate strategy and achieving net zero goals through to 2050.

NatWest is working with the University of Warwick to create a Clean Transport Specialist Accelerator, combining coaching, thought leadership, community and access to networks with specialist support from members of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. 

Entrepreneurs will gain a unique opportunity to remove barriers, improve connectivity and receive support in realising their ambitions around clean transport. 

To find out more about the clean transport accelerator, download the flyer below:

Clean Transport Specialist Accelerator

Support in Sandwell

Visit our Sandwell Start-Up Hub if you are an aspiring entrepreneur or you have a growing business in Sandwell. Find out about the Sandwell Business Boost growth support we’re currently offering to your business.

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