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The Great Accelerator

Dates:
Wed 18 May 2022 - Thu 19 May 2022
Location:
Ardington Hotel, Worthing
Price:
Free

About the event

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The Great Accelerator is an exciting free two-day in-person event for growing businesses in the South East (Horsham, Chichester, Brighton & Hove, Worthing or Haywards Heath, Sussex) to help you refine your business model and grow your business.
 
Over two days you will be involved in workshops delivered by our expert innovation consultancy team and dynamic guest speakers, that cover everything from building and leading your team to transitioning to net zero. In addition, you will be joined by like-minded founders providing you with an excellent opportunity to network, not to mention you will also receive a free lunch and unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day!
 
If you’re looking to get inspired and start working on your business and not just in it then the Great Accelerator programme is perfect for you, sign up now to reserve your free place at the Business Hot House Great Accelerator.

The specialist innovation consultants will deliver a series of sessions including:

Stress-Testing Your Business Model

Interrogate the key building blocks of your business with the Business Model Canvas, a one-page plan to help you rapidly road test new concepts or explore necessary changes to an established model. Delivered by Simon Chuter, an experienced start-up mentor and sales and marketing specialist with a background running his own charity fundraising business.

Pitching Your Business

Learn how to tell your story clearly and effectively, engaging investors, partners, customers, employees and media with your values, vision and mission through a well-chosen narrative. Led by Joseph Bradfield, a content and communications expert with experience at one of the country’s biggest PR agencies.

Building and Leading Your Team

Find the right plan to scale your business successfully by understanding the key concepts in recruitment and management, and how they help keep your employees motivated and aligned behind the same ambitious plans. With Nigel Lambe, Sussex Innovation’s CEO and a veteran of leadership teams ranging from Small Batch Coffee to PepsiCo.

Reboot Your Sales and Marketing

Explore tactics to reach and convert your customers on a small business budget, and get your marketing department focusing on the activities that deliver the best return on investment. Delivered by Helena Jevons, a strategic marketeer with experience in blue chip brand management at the likes of GSK and Kraft Heinz.

Transitioning to Net Zero

Get prepared for the sustainability challenges of the next decade, with a session focused on the incoming regulation that will help UK businesses target net zero carbon emissions, and the steps you can take now to get ahead of the curve. With Anya Ledwith, Chartered Environmentalist and founder of sustainability consultancy Eshcon Ltd.

Making Ideas Happen

Future-proof your business by learning how to encourage a creative mindset and realise successful ideas from within. A masterclass in innovation strategy led by Tanya Popeau, a former advisor to Nesta’s innovation in international development strategy and the United Nations’ Asia-Pacific Innovation Fund.

Financial Planning Made Simple

A crash course in navigating risk and managing your cashflow, with advice on how to model best and worst-case scenarios and the key figures that every investor wants to see. With business finance expert Neema Amin, who heads up the investor matching service Suss Ventures.

If you can't make the dates of this event but would like to find out more about how Sussex Innovation can support the growth of your business, complete this enquiry form and a member of the team will get in touch.

The Business Hot House is funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

In order to be eligible to attend this event fully funded ,you must be established as one of the following company structures:

  • Registered Soletrader
  • Registered Limited Company
  • General Partnership
  • Limited Liability Partnership
  • Community Interest Company
  • Registered Charity

About the hosts

Sussex Innovation is an incubation and innovation network, we support entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups across the South East from our headquarters at the University of Sussex, and our hubs in Brighton and Croydon. Our members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their field – solving important problems in new ways. We give founders business advice, strategic insight and inspiration to build impactful businesses.Our team of specialist advisors have all been on their own entrepreneurial journeys and understand what it takes to nurture an idea into a successful business. Our mentoring, coaching and support isn’t just about growth for growth’s sake – we care about the impact your innovation could have on the world, and we care about the person behind the idea, too.Our business advice and support is bespoke to every company’s needs. Many of our strategic support products are based around:Raising ambitionDeveloping business modelsBuilding management teamsCustomer and market insightInvestor relations and building networksThe practical work we carry out on behalf of our members includes:Admin, legal and tax processesAccounting and payroll processesDesk-based researchSales, CRM and lead generationPR and communicationsHR and operational support