Northern startups invited to join pioneering business experiment

Startups from across the North of England are being invited to participate in a pioneering business experiment designed to help accelerate the development of new technology companies, it was announced today.

Up to 20 new technology businesses will be able to participate in Startupscale, a two-year startup project providing founders with training and mentoring from experienced technology entrepreneurs and industry experts, as well as access to exclusive networking opportunities. In what is believed to be a world first, the stories of startups involved in the project will be documented through an online TV and podcast series.

Startupscale was created by James Taylor, founder of technology PR agency Roaring Mouse Public Relations and will be based in Sheffield at Kollider, a digital and technology business incubator powered by Barclays Eagle Labs.  

A host of technology entrepreneurs and industry experts have agreed to share expertise and provide mentoring to startups as part of the project. They include:

  • Annemie Ress, founder of PurpleBeach, former HD Director at Skype, eBay and PayPal
  • Martin Port, founder and CEO of BigChange, the mobile workforce management company 
  • Samantha Deakin Hill, founder and director at early-stage investment fund Campus Capital
  • Phil Hornby, founder of technology product training company SOT Consulting

James Taylor, founder of Roaring Mouse Public Relations, comments: “While it is easy to start a tech company, turning one into a sustainable, growth-based businesses is far harder. Startupscale is a long-term commitment to supporting startups, accelerating their development, and improving the odds that participants will build strong, successful companies.”

Samantha Deakin Hill, founder at Campus Capital, comments: “It’s incredibly difficult for startups to get an inside-view of what it’s really like to launch and grow a tech company, especially in locations where high-scale growth is hindered by low levels of investment and the pool of experienced entrepreneurs with an exit under their belt is small. I encourage growth-minded entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities like this to build their knowledge and network of potential investors.”

Nick Morgan, co-founder at Kollider, comments: “We are delighted to be hosting Startupscale at Kollider. In line with our values, the programme supports startups from Sheffield and across the North of England and complements the existing activities our team and partners are delivering around mentorship, skills workshops, access to funding in a vibrant ecosystem.”  

More information about the project and how startups can apply to be part of it is available through www.startupscale.co.uk. The deadline for applications to the programme is 20 December 2019.