Entrepreneurs in Bristol and the South West are being encouraged to take advantage of an accelerator scheme in Bristol.
The Natwest Accelerator Programme is open to entrepreneurs of any age and at any stage of business, including larger companies with high turnovers.
The aim of the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator, which is based at Trinity Quay, is to help businesses scale and grow their business.
The programme provides successful applicants with coaching and support, and office facilities at its Bristol headquarters.
The accelerator takes in two cohorts of 80 entrepreneurs each year – one in April and one in October.
Andrew Jackson, entrepreneur acceleration manager in Bristol, said: “We’re really excited to announce the opening of the application process for our October intake.
“The accelerator has helped hundreds of businesses achieve national and international success and we’re really keen on helping more businesses looking to reach significant turnovers achieve their goals.
“Crucially, the businesses we support succeed with over 80 per cent still operating after two years. Our only goal is to help entrepreneurs wherever they are in the South West to succeed.”
The programme is funded by Natwest and entrepreneurs do not need to bank with NatWest to be able to apply.
Since the accelerator launched in 2015, 500 businesses – from Fintech firms to fashion brands – have created hundreds of jobs and raised tens of millions of pounds in investment and funding through the scheme.
Successful applicants will be offered a place on one of three programmes – the eight-week Pre-Accelerator for early-stage start-ups, the Fintech Programme for technology based businesses, and the six-month Accelerator Programme for high-growth businesses looking to scale up.
Entrepreneurs can progress through the programme up to a maximum of three times, making 18 months in total.
The closing date for applicants is 22 August.