Y Accelerator

Open across the Sheffield City Region, the Y Accelerator programme is an exciting opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs with a £25,000 investment prize. Applications for the current cohort have now closed.

What is the Y Accelerator?

The Y Accelerator is seeking 10 candidates, teams or early stage businesses to participate in the 2017/18 programme.

On offer is an amazing opportunity to benefit free of charge from three-months of intensive development support and a chance to win £25k equity investment from UK Steel Enterprise. Running from December 2017 to March 2018, the programme is built around modern business modelling techniques, with access to expert advice, mentors, specialist workshops, market research and tailored one-to-one support.

The programme concludes with an investor pitch event providing a unique opportunity to pitch your new business to a range of investors with a chance to win £25k equity investment.

What should you expect?

During the fast-paced 12 week programme you will aim to validate concepts, build a strong customer proposition and financial model and learn how to effectively communicate the value in your business to customers and investors.

The programme is delivered through one-to-one and group sessions, tailored to meet the needs of every candidate. The Y Accelerator network of advisors, mentors and businesses is there to provide insight from a wide pool of expertise to help you navigate towards your goals.

You won’t write a tedious business plan. We assist you in consolidating thoughts, mapping out ideas and focusing on what’s important, helping you make informed decisions to push your business forward.

You’ll work towards developing a great sales and investment pitch to present at the concluding pitch event.

For more details on the previous UK Steel Enterprise Y Accelerator programme click here.


Applications for Y Accelerator have now closed.

It is anticipated that the next programme will launch in Spring/Summer 2018.