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University of Southampton Science Park's 2022 Catalyst accelerator deadline approaching

By Stephen Emerson
27 June 2022
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The deadline for the University of Southampton Science Park's 2022 Catalyst accelerator programme has been extended to July 15th.

The fully-funded programme is open to entrepreneurs with early stage science and technology businesses and is designed to help fast-track innovation-led businesses in the Solent region.

Initially the closing date for admission onto the program was end of June.

The six month programme provides mentoring and workshop learning and starts in September
at Southampton Science Park with participants required to commit two days a week.

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Applications for the programme can be made online with the new deadline set for July 15.

Submissions will be judged by the accelerator's mentors with the next stage of selection involving a selection pitch day before ten businesses are then allocated a place.

The coaching team is led by four early-stage business specialists:

David Bream is a business mentor for the Science Park’s Catalyst programme and a founder of the hugely successful SETsquared, recently ranked the world’s leading university business incubator for its outstanding contribution to developing the next generation of UK tech entrepreneurs. With a background in technology and business development, he is no stranger to guiding businesses from start-up to global leader.

Philip Sharpe is a business coach and a director at Southampton Science Park. After nearly 20 years commercialising technology at QinetiQ, he has been mentoring early-stage businesses at the Science Park for ten years including those in the Catalyst business incubator. His broad experience spans a wide range of technologies and markets.

Adrian Braine is the founder of two companies that provide expertise in entrepreneurship, technology acceleration, go-to market strategy and growth for companies working with cutting edge 5G and immersive technologies. In a 40-year career, he has held international directorships, been a SETsquared Entrepreneur in Residence and regularly consultants on digital industrial strategy.

Gary Smith is a specialist in early-stage venture funding. Having successfully raised over £50m in capital, he has a proven track record of building high-growth software businesses from start-up through scale-up to initial public offering. As a board level business leader and coach, he works to accelerate the fortunes of a business, drive sales and improve shareholder value.

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