BUILD A BETTER TOMORROW

WE’RE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PEOPLE WITH BIG IDEAS!

Have you got a BIG idea or an early stage startup that can change the world for the better? Does your business idea have the potential to have a positive social impact and make money?

BUILD is an inspirational 12-week programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and founders in Leeds City Region who are creating innovative businesses that can grow. We’re looking for early stage startups or business ideas that mix purpose and profit, with founders that have the potential and the ambition to go global, whilst positively impacting the lives of millions of people.

Does your business idea...

If you answered yes to any of these, apply now… Want to find out more? Read on...

Apply now

Over the 12 weeks BUILD will give you the tools to:

  • Validate your idea
  • Go-to-market
  • Secure your first customers
  • Generate revenue
  • Attract investment and scale your business
  • Create a plan to make it happen

BUILD has worked with entrepreneurs and thought leaders from across Leeds City Region to co-design the content. During the programme, you’ll hear from the following companies about what it’s really like to start and scale a business; PanIntelligence, Top Screen Media, Crisp, Rradar, BeerHawk, Data Shed and more. You’ll also engage with our supportive corporates like BJSS, KPMG, ARUP, get access to world-class university research expertise, and investment advice from Ada Ventures, Mercia and North Invest.

What is BUILD?

BUILD will be delivered over 12 weeks from January/February 2021 through to April/May. The programme is designed with flexibility in mind, and so will be part-time and mostly remote. The commitment will be two days per week of workshop sessions with the cohort, with the rest of the content working flexibly around your schedule.

We’re busy planning the detailed course content plan but here’s some of the key elements of BUILD:

  • Understand your customers
  • Validate your business idea
  • Nail your value proposition
  • Build a business model
  • Develop a marketing strategy
  • Understand financials
  • Perfect your ‘pitch deck’
  • Understand the legal frameworks that support a business
  • Understand how to and when to scale
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Improve your public speaking and presentation skills
  • Build confidence and a supportive network to achieve your goals
  • Learn how to collect, analyse and express key data for business success
  • Connect with entrepreneurs, mentors, customers, investors and talent across the Leeds City Region Ecosystem

If you have any questions, just email us at
build@mitreapleedscityregion.com

Sounds great! What happens next?

Applications are now open and will close 11 Dec. You can find the application form here. Throughout the process we will review and shortlist applications, and we will be in touch with all applicants by the end of December.

Have a question? Just email us at
build@mitreapleedscityregion.com

Is BUILD for me?

We have 15 places in the programme. Want to find out if it’s for you? Do either of these profiles sound like you?

“I’ve got an idea and I think I'm onto something”

Is this you?

Think you have a solution to a problem and want to bring this idea to life

Think you have a better approach to solving a societal problem

Are working on a side project and believe it can grow

Have identified a gap in the market and have an idea how to solve it

“I’m currently developing or have just launched a startup and am looking for that extra boost of support.”

Is this you?

Have been developing a product and are unsure how to bring it to market

Have created a service and need tofind customers

Need help understanding the viabilityof your startup

Would benefit from connecting with other early stage entrepreneurs and want to engage with a supportive cohort

Answer yes to any or all of the above...

Apply now

Still need more help?

If neither of these describe you, join us on the ide@ community and check out the Leap course to help develop your idea some more.

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Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We understand the business world does not yet provide the same opportunities for everyone.

We are committed to engaging and supporting underrepresented groups, and have designed BUILD to embody and promote diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all but in particular will champion underrepresented talent.

We are focusing on including and supporting people from diverse backgrounds. Apply today if you identify as one of the below;

  • A person of colour
  • Consider yourself disabled
  • Consider yourself neurodiverse
  • LGBTQIA+ person
  • Woman, including cis women and trans women
  • A trans person, including genderfluid, non-binary, and those without gender
  • Veterans
  • Refugees

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What's in it for you?

Committed to representing all traditionally underrepresented groups in the startup ecosystem.

Our diversity and inclusion commitment falls into three categories.

Content providers
Our roster of content providers, entrepreneurs, mentors and speakers is reflective of the diverse ethos of the programme

Cohort
Our cohort includes a diverse group of traditionally underrepresented founders in the industry, and all founders on the cohort feel included

Content
Our programme content is designed to help founders think about inclusivity in all aspects of their business; including product design, recruitment, and culture, with additional resources provided to ensure accessibility as needed

Programme Board
Delivery Leads
BUILD Delivery Team
Startup Experts
Community Partners
Programme Board
Dr Martin Stow

Dr Martin Stow

Team Champion, Director, Nexus, University of Leeds

David Aspin

David Aspin

Founder & CEO Munroe K

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh

Chair, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnerships

Tom Riordian

Tom Riordian

Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Tom Bridges

Tom Bridges

Director, Arup

Justine Andrews

Justine Andrews

Market Director, KPMG's Education and Skills

Adam Beaumont

Adam Beaumont

Founder & CEO, AQl and Northinvest

Nick Plant

Nick Plant

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research + Innovation at UofL

Ben Ziff

Ben Ziff

Managing Director at Town Centre Securities and CitiPark

Julian Hartley

Julian Hartley

Chief Executive Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Kersten England

Kersten England

Chief Executive Bradford City Council

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright

Chair, Innovation for Leeds City Region LEP

Liz Mear

Liz Mear

Managing Director Managing Director Leeds Academic Health Partnership

Delivery Leads
Richelle Schuster

Richelle Schuster

Head of Programme – Innovation, Leeds City Council & co-delivery lead MIT REAP LCR

David Smith

David Smith

Regional Entrepreneurship Lead, Nexus & co-delivery lead MIT REAP LCR

Mark Mildren

Mark Mildren

Founder LITTLE Agency & delivery team member MIT REAP LCR

Sarah Bowes

Sarah Bowes

Harriet Fern

Harriet Fern

Sue Tuck

Sue Tuck

Liz Gardner

Liz Gardner

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Dennis Dokter

Dennis Dokter

Relationship officer at Nexus & delivery team member MIT REAP LCR

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham

Programme Board & Delivery Group Co-ordinator

BUILD Delivery Team

Cockerton & Co

Cockerton & Co designs, builds and operates innovation ecosystems which drive entrepreneurship, corporate collaboration and technology advancement. We create the physical infrastructure, business services, accelerator programmes and diverse communities that deliver places of economic resilience and advantage. We work across public bodies, industry partners, universities and the innovator community, to bring about the boldest ambitions for business growth, diversity and inclusion and technological innovation. We are proud to be the delivery partner of the Leeds City Region team that recently completed the MIT REAP programme to launch this pre-accelerator for early stage founders. Find out more about us at www.cockertonand.co

Claire Cockerton

Claire Cockerton

Managing Director

Perdie Alder

Perdie Alder

Programme Director

Margaret Anne Coyle

Margaret Anne Coyle

Programme Coordinator

Tobias Stone

Tobias Stone

Advisor

Frank Starling

Frank Starling

Advisor

Startup Experts
Achille Traore

Achille Traore

Adam Beaumont

Adam Beaumont

Adam Hildreth

Adam Hildreth

Alex Craven

Alex Craven

Anna Sutton

Anna Sutton

Barry Singleton

Barry Singleton

Blessing Maregere

Blessing Maregere

Charlotte Scott

Charlotte Scott

Claire Ackers

Claire Ackers

Erica Opare

Erica Opare

Garry Gallen

Garry Gallen

Giles Tulley

Giles Tulley

Ginny Radmall

Ginny Radmall

Grant Nicholson

Grant Nicholson

Jo North

Jo North

Joe Gaunt

Joe Gaunt

Kamran Rashid

Kamran Rashid

Lianna Potter

Lianna Potter

Maddie Hawke

Maddie Hawke

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Meryem Benohoud

Meryem Benohoud

Richard Paxman

Richard Paxman

Rockman Law

Rockman Law

Royd Brayshaw

Royd Brayshaw

William Schaffer

William Schaffer

Zandra Moore

Zandra Moore

Community Partners

FAQS

Do I need to pay?

No. This valuable programme is provided free to participants, with thanks to Team Leeds City Region and the generous support of successful founders.

Will Coronavirus impact the programme?

No, we have designed the programme with COVID-19 in mind. Due to restrictions, the majority of this programme will be hosted online with a few in person sessions (if possible).

How long will the programme last?

The programme will run for 12 weeks, from January/February 2021 to beginning of April/May.

Is it full time? Can I work at the same time?

We understand that you might have other commitments whilst you build your business. Our programme is designed with flexibility in mind, and so will be part-time, and mostly remote. The commitment will be 2 days per week of workshop sessions with the cohort, with the rest of the content working flexibly around your schedule.

What tech will I need to take part remotely?

As this is a virtual programme, we plan to run sessions via Zoom, and are using a platform to help you easily chat to the other founders and mentors. You will need a laptop or phone with Wi-Fi or 4G to join Zoom calls and access the platform. We don’t want access to technology to be a barrier to stop you applying, we’ll do our best to make it possible for anyone to attend, so don’t let that stop you. If you’ve any concerns about tech, let us know on your application, and we’ll be in touch about how we can support you.

Can my co-founder(s) join

Yes, bring them along too! We have space for a maximum of 3 co-founders per company as long as all co-founders can commit to attending 80% of the content each. Only one application form is needed but please note how many slots your team would require.

Is the programme for me? Will I be able to understand the content?

You do not need any qualifications, technical background or experience to understand our course content. The course is designed for early stage founders, and we will take you through all the content, alongside mentors, coaches, and our programme team to help provide any additional context you need.