February update from Business Sheffield

SEGA Programme – Business Sheffield/Sheffield City Council have commissioned Sheffield Social Enterprise Network (SSEN) to create a new Social Enterprise Growth Accelerator Programme (SEGA). The new Social Enterprise Growth Accelerator will aim to create at least 30 new social enterprises and provide expert advice and support to a minimum of 100 established social enterprises in […]

February update from AWRC

Sheffield Hallam University : Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre

The AWRC was pleased to announce its new cohort for 2024 following the securing of a commercial contract to deliver services as part of the Ecosystem Partnership Programme, managed by Barclays Eagle Labs with funding provided by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology. Other organisations that secured contracts are available to review here. We […]

June update from Transform SY powered by Entrepreneurial Spark

We are a week away from concluding Transform SY! On June 9th we will host our Celebration Event where all cohorts, partners, supporters and friends of the accelerator will come together to acknowledge the successes achieved by Transform SY and the businesses we supported throughout the last 18 months.

June update from STP/Cooper Project

We onboarded 3 new entrepreneurs to the Cooper Project last month, and interestingly one of them is a group of women entrepreneurs (consisting of 3 members), which is great. 

April update from Twinkl

In February, Twinkl received a minority investment from Vitruvian Partners to help Twinkl grow – we are excited for what this might mean for TwinklHive! To read more about the investment, check out this Twinkl blog article. Contact: Emily Scicluna, emily.scicluna@twinkl.co.uk

April update from STP/Cooper Project

We have partnered with TeamSY to host a women entrepreneur workshop. The first workshop was on the 4th and was very successful with 9 attendees. The next one will be on the 20th, please feel free to share with anyone you know who might be interested.

April update from IoT Engine

The programme supports start-ups and SMEs to adopt, integrate and develop IoT through 1:1 mentoring and access to the MakerLab at Barnsley DMC for prototyping and proof of concept support.

April update from Blue Lake VC

Blue Lake VC is excited to announce our investment in our BLA cohort 1 graduate Humans Not Robots. The team is on a mission to reduce the environmental impact of video streaming and enable significant cost reductions for their customers. Check out our announcement here.  In other exciting news, we are holding a free two-day […]

April update from AWRC

– Accelerator programme #2 R&D projects continue (each one of varying length in line with needs of company).

– Ongoing activity to recruit new mentors to our network in readiness for programme #3.

– Our community work continues with the innovation futures programme.

February update from Business Sheffield Tech Scaleup Advisors

Following a frenetic pre-xmas period, including a few memorable – or only vaguely memorable in the best cases! – Xmas events with tech sector colleagues and clients, the first half of January was a fairly slow start. At the time of writing though, things are really ramping up again and both Chris and Morgan have […]

February update from University of Sheffield commercialisation team

University of Sheffield spinout company, Phlux, has raised a cumulative £4M (LINK). Phlux Technology has designed the first infrared sensors for LiDAR using the semi-metal element, antimony, which surpass the capabilities of silicon-based sensors and is set to reshape the market for robotics and self-driving machines.  They secured investment from Foresight Williams, Octopus Ventures and Northern […]

February update from STP/Cooper Project

The Cooper Project

We organised the showcase and pitching event of Project22 – a 12-week Pre-Accelerator, on 12th December. The best five businesses pitched and received valuable feedback from a panel of experienced business advisors.  

February update from P4SY

Recruitment for the programme has now concluded however we are working with P4 Accelerator Programme in London with referrals – P4 have just launched recruitment for next programme https://www.p4precisionmedicine.co.uk/apply/ P4SY Cohort 2 details can be found here https://www.p4precisionmedicine.co.uk/p4sy-accelerator-programme-welcomes-cohort-2/ Cohort 2 supported until May 2023 – combination of online group & 1:1 sessions, bespoke support, F2F […]

February update for TEAM SY

In January, Unrest held a very well attended demo day for their first South Yorkshire cohort at the Barbican in London. Applications are currently open for mission-driven ambitious startups to take part in their second cohort. January also saw JUMP accelerator open applications for their Sports Tech programme which will run from April to June. It […]

February update from Transform SY powered by Entrepreneurial Spark

We from Transform SY haven’t sent an update since October, and that reflects how busy we’ve been in the last months of 2022 and the first weeks of 2023! Since October 2022, we: We extended the ‘Get up and Pitch’ event until March. Are there are founders in your network who could benefit from pitch […]

February update from AWRC

Aside from R&D/grant funding activity with companies, our focus over the last couple of months has been planning and promotion around our new community-focused programme. AWRC Innovation Futures is a regional pilot to take a group of 16-23 year olds and help them to better understand the health and wellbeing ecosystem and potential pathways they […]

February update from NorthInvest

We are closing an investment fundraise for a Sheffield startup. Cast (https://www.experiencecast.com/), will have their round closed on Friday 20th January. It will either be £125K or £150K. Currently it’s £125K but we are hopeful of adding one last investor into the mix to top it up.  Contact:Giles Moore: giles.moore@northinvest.co.uk

December update from STP/Cooper Project

STP has had a busy couple of months delivering our cohort based pre-accelerator Project 22. This is coming to an end and we expect to take forward 4 businesses to Cooper Project for longer term support and potential investment.  Our approach to promoting this cohort was outside our usual channels of twitter and linkedin and […]

December update from Team SY

We had some fantastic events in the last two weeks of November: the P4SY Showcase & MedTech conference on Weds 23rd; the South Yorkshire Tech Summit on Thurs 24th; and the South Yorkshire Investment Lounge on Weds 30th. Look out for write-ups about these events soon. At the Tech Summit, the SYMCA Tech Welcome grants […]

December update from P4SY

Philippa and Tamara at the Tech Summit.
Participation of P4SY and Gold Standard Phantoms in SY Tech Summit and film content – great opportunity and platform for building the ecosystem.

December update from AWRC

New project announcement – AWRC Innovation Futures As part of our work in the community, we are pleased to announce a new project that will help young people residing in South Yorkshire to explore career opportunities within health and wellbeing, with a particular emphasis placed on the innovation ecosystem. As part of this pilot, we […]

December update from IoT Engine

The programme supports start-ups and SMEs to adopt, integrate and develop IoT through 1:1 mentoring and access to the MakerLab at Barnsley DMC for prototyping and proof of concept support.

December update from Business Sheffield Tech Scale-up Advisors

As usual Chris and Morgan have been highly active in the local eco-system and a recent stocktake showed we are working actively with 50 tech businesses in Sheffield. Contacts:Morgan Killick – Morgan@levelupsolutions.co.ukChris Wheater – cdw4020@gmail.com

October update from Team SY

Programme Updates We ran our second Get Funding Fit programme, this time it was designed as an intensive 2-day bootcamp. We held it in September and it was well attended (and well received by participants). 14 companies took part. Unrest have started their first accelerator programme in the region with a cohort of 7. IndieLab […]

October update from Transform SY powered by Entrepreneurial Spark

We are at the half-point of Transform SY – Cohort 2 and just delivered our in-person event ‘Acceler8’. Now we are looking forward to the Close-Out Event which will be on November 18th where our entrepreneurs will showcase the progress they’ve made on the programme. Invitations will be out once we’ve concluded the agenda We […]

October update from Business Sheffield Tech Scaleup Advisors

Within our caseload, there have been 4 investment deals closed so far this financial year, totalling just under £0.5m. Two larger £1m+ deals are in discussions right now with one of those in particular expected to close imminently. Two pre-seed deals that looked very strong fell through at the last minute with investors choosing to […]

October update from TwinklHive

We have been announced as finalists in the Investor category at the EducationInvestor Awards 2022. We have invested in GrandNanny, the UK’s first intergenerational childcare service. Parents get a local, reliable, ‘seen-it-all-before’ GrandNanny who wants to stick with their family for the long-term. In return, over 50s with childcare experience find paid work that’s local, […]

October update from IndieLab Games

We delivered an online Stakeholder briefing session on 20th July to meet partners in the region, explain our plans for the programme and discuss both immediate and long-lasting legacy gains for game developers and studios. We had 10 guests in attendance. Applications opened for a Games Developer Accelerator and Games Tech Accelerator on 9th August […]

October update from P4SY

Recruitment & Onboarding: Rolling recruitment to the programme – capacity for 6 more companies to join the programme for support until June 2023. Details regarding eligibility. Support for companies in phase 1 will be concluded at P4SY Showcase & MedTech Conference in November. 5 companies onboarded for phase 2. P4SY Showcase & MedTech Conference: Opportunity […]

October update from AWRC

Completion of second accelerator programme Our second cohort of companies have been through our curated programme which closed with a showcase on 6th September. The event was well attended and included pitching from the cohort and a number of panel sessions with guest speakers. R&D projects with the cohort are ongoing and we are looking […]

Update from University of Sheffield commercialisation team

We have established a new cell therapy regulatory consultancy business.  ‘RCTC’ was founded by Dr Zoe Hewitt, an expert in stem cell technologies.  The company is available to support businesses who are in pre-clinical work for regenerative cell therapies. Northern Gritstone has made its first three investments, of which the first 2 landed in Sheffield.  […]

October update from Sheffield Technology Parks

Sheffield Tech Parks will start the Project22, a 12-week Pre-Accelerator program (Oct-Dec 2022) from October 10th. It is designed to help early-stage Tech/ Digital start-ups develop and validate their business idea. Great News/Stories – Cooper Business Ferrio received investment from a local angel investor Mandashi and expanded into its first office at our STP building; […]

Update from Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Blue Lake Open Office Hours:Over the month of August, we are offering open office hours for any early-stage start-ups in South Yorkshire. They are open to anyone who’d like an investors point of view and advice on what they are working on. Feel free to share this with any founders that would benefit from the […]

Update from IOT engine

                        Rikki Coles, r.coles@connexin.co.uk Programme We are now supporting 16 businesses with various IoT-related projects across a variety of sectors from health care to rail and machine automation to astronomy! We have passed the ERDF-required 12 hours of support for many participants who have completed, or are near completion of the projects we have been […]

Update from the University of Sheffield – Enterprise Team

Contacts: Lahari Parchuri, l.parchuri@sheffield.ac.uk Tom Hemington, t.hemington@sheffield.ac.uk Clare Lankester, c.lankester@sheffield.ac.uk Dr Clare Lankester has recently joined Partnership & Regional Engagement at TUoS to act as a conduit into the wider TEAM SY network. Her role is to support TUoS spin-out and start-up Companies with their early business needs and to help them access the South […]

Update from the University of Sheffield – Commercialisation Team

Contact: Andy Hogben, a.j.hogben@sheffield.ac.uk Capital Enterprise has recruited a new Mentor-in-Residence (TBA) and a new Engagement Manager (Clare Lankester) to work within the University of Sheffield.  These two roles will support student start-ups and university spinouts to access local accelerator programs. The technology transfer team at UoS is working closely with Sheffield Tech Parks to […]

Update from TwinklHive


We have invested in 2 new companies, Yakkr (a marketplace for online gaming experiences) and an EdTech company which we cannot yet disclose the name of. We are still actively investing and we welcome introductions to any founders or teams who are seeking pre-seed or seed funding, or which are looking for support! Any introductions […]

Update from Transform SY powered by Entrepreneurial Spark

Contact: Mike Stephens, mike@entrepreneurial-spark.com;  Denis Ivanov, denis@entrepreneurial-spark.com;  Update on Transform SY companies: Future Greens, led by Gabriele Barteskaite, who is growing seasonal greens with 95% less water wasted, has successfully sold to all of the leads they had on their pipeline and their demand currently exceeds the supply. Ferrio – on a path to make […]

Updates from Sheffield Technology Parks

Contacts: Rose Tran, rose@shefftechparks.com Tom Wolfenden, tom@shefftechparks.com We have seen an increase in the applications for our Incubation program/ Cooper Project, which is great. We onboarded 4 Coopers last month and have another three potential Coopers in the pipeline.  We confirmed our platinum sponsorship for the Start-up Weekend activity in Sheffield in May 2022.  In […]

Update from P4SY

Contacts: Philippa Hedley-Takhar, philippa@capitalenterprise.org Tamara Moon, tamara@capitalenterprise.org Programme officially launched 15th March at Electric Works – press coverage is here. 23 companies on the initial cohort – still capacity for 8 companies to join the programme. Programme of activity over next 6 months to be confirmed in March.  Programme address is Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. […]

Update from Business Sheffield Tech Scaleup Advisors

Contacts: Morgan Killick, Morgan@levelupsolutions.co.uk   Chris Wheater, cdw4020@gmail.com We have been doing more to collect and analyse data about the clients we support and are pleased to be able to say that in the period 1/4/21 to date, we have 67 businesses in the portfolio, and have actively worked with 53 of these during the period. […]

Sheffield Hallam and Canon Medical Systems UK sign MoU to improve population health

Sheffield Hallam and Canon Medical Systems UK sign MoU to improve population health

Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canon Medical Systems UK (Canon Medical UK) to enhance the development of research and innovation products which will help people move and improve population health. The four key areas of strategic collaboration include: Understanding and improving clinical outcomes in […]

Update from Business Sheffield

Contacts: Yvonne Asquith, Yvonne.Asquith@sheffield.gov.uk, Natalie Fletcher, Natalie.Fletcher@sheffield.gov.uk Sheffield best city to start a business in the Startup Cities Index 2022 Winning overall city, Sheffield Sheffield second for business support Sheffield 3rd for talent We will be running social on this and integrating into various pages on the Business Sheffield part of the new website (released […]

Update from AMID

Contact: Richard Bland, Richard.Bland@sheffield.gov.uk Department for Levelling Up Homes and Communities funding now received (mid-Feb). Consultation in Feb/Mar to raise awareness of AMID#2 programme and proposals for future/ongoing engagement has gone well and included discussions with econ.shf group, major land owners at Harworth, Sheffield Business Park & UoS; plus recent presentations and discussions at SHU […]

Sheffield Hallam awarded £300k from UKRI for healthy ageing project

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded £300,000 for a healthy ageing project that will address some of the barriers faced by older adults who struggle to participate in traditional exercise The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded project is being delivered in partnership with Innerva, a Yorkshire-based provider of power-assisted exercise equipment for people who struggle […]

Update from Team SY

Contact: Laura Bennett, laura@capitalenterprise.org David Richard’s EyUp Skills are launching the Entrepreneurship Academy with TEAM SY, building on the success of their Coding Academy. Expressions of Interest are open now via this landing page. Not much info online about the programme yet, but in essence it will be a 6 month incubation / acceleration programme […]

Hero CEO Joins Sheffield Hallam – From mentor to mentee

A CEO who had support from Sheffield Hallam University two years ago has now joined its panel of industry experts to help others achieve their dream Joe Gaunt, CEO of hero, has gone full circle with his tech-driven health and wellbeing company and is set to join the network of experts at Sheffield Hallam University’s […]

From mentee to mentor

A CEO who had support from Sheffield Hallam University two years ago has now joined its panel of industry experts to help others achieve their dream Joe Gaunt, CEO of hero, has gone full circle with his tech-driven health and wellbeing company and is set to join the network of experts at Sheffield Hallam University’s […]

Update from AWRC (Sheffield Hallam)

Contact: Ryan Sylvester, ryan.sylvester@shu.ac.uk Promotion has gone well with applicants from 11 countries applying for this year’s programme. Shortlisting has taken place and interviews in process – final cohort to be decided Friday 18th March, ready for an April start.