Media Release: New breed of entrepreneurs set to be propelled to global success through innovative accelerator programme

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ELEVEN high-potential start-up businesses have embarked on an ‘accelerator programme’ in Aberdeen’s £1million Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Elevator, which is situated in Aberdeen’s Energy Park at the Bridge of Don, has enrolled 28 entrepreneurs on its innovative Elevator Programme at the prestigious centre.

Primarily focussed on oil and gas, the first group of programme founders also include entrepreneurs from energy, technology, online retail, and health care.

Together, they will undertake an intense 20 week entrepreneurial experience to propel their businesses onto a high-growth curve to become investor-ready.

Mentors will work closely with the participants to support them throughout the process, and the entrepreneurs will spend time working on their business models, participating in workshops led by industry experts, and attending keynote presentations from recognised entrepreneurs to broaden their skills and knowledge base.

Elevator created the Centre for Entrepreneurship, which is considered to be the first of its kind in Scotland, as part of its vision to build a robust entrepreneurial culture in the city, maximising individual and collective economic and social success on a local, national, and global scale.

The centre boasts advanced technology, connecting it to 55 global accelerator programmes, allowing entrepreneurs to participate in events and access help and advice on a worldwide scale.

Chief executive of Elevator, Professor Gary McEwan, was inspired to create the Aberdeen facility and the accelerator programme to replicate the support offered to entrepreneurs through world-class facilities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston’s Babson College of Entrepreneurship and Activa in Barcelona.

Gary said: “The Centre for Entrepreneurship is at the heart of developing an entrepreneurial eco system that will thrive in the future. Elevator has a clear objective of assisting entrepreneurs in reaching their goals, and we are delighted to welcome the first cohort of Founders on the Elevator Programme.

“Each entrepreneur has a wealth of business ideas and skills in their chosen fields, and we will work closely with the group to develop their entrepreneurial enthusiasm, creating businesses that are investor ready and more prepared to propel their business on a global level in the future.”

The centre is also home for employability programmes, community driven projects, and a space were school, college and university students can learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The first intake of participants on the Elevator Programme are as follows:

Shane Jakeman and Andrew Rodda of Cade Tooling; Allan White and John Duncan of Skills @ Work; Colin Rawlinson from Scottish Health Services; Lewis Vorenkamp from Caiman Software Development; Kenny and Lynsey Steele from Pinnacle Visualisation; Thibaut Rey from Synchronise IO; Jim Cargill from Plansea; Kevin Davidson from SYOP; and Joel Watt and John Turnball from Vistem Ltd.

Issued by Frasermedia Ltd on behalf of Elevator.

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