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 the city. The programme is funded by UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), part of the government’s Levelling Up agenda, through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), SEGA covers four key topics: engagement and diagnostic, specialist support, marketing and communication, referrals and networking. The new programme is now open for enquiries and so far, 19 organisations have registered their interest in being part of the programme.

Launch Pad Programme –

The Launchpad programme is available to pre-start, new businesses and existing businesses that have less than 10 employees where they can access a wide range of services including access to free workshops and events and one to one support from business advisors.

In September, October and December 2023 we supported 10 new start-up businesses, 42 pre-startups and 1 new business – We also have agreed to date 26 LP Grants with a maximum grant of £1K..

Tech ScaleUp Advisors –

The new series of TechForge (non-selective pre-accelerator for early stage tech founders based in Sheffield) will be starting this month. This is a series of 6 in-person workshops delivered by the Tech ScaleUp Advisors and featuring a range of invited guests plus a networking event for alumni at the end. People can book onto 1 or more of the sessions via the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/six-part-series-techforge-accelerator-workshops-2004249. In addition, Tech ScaleUp Advisor team continue to support around a dozen businesses actively raising equity investment, as well as our ongoing relationship-building with investors this month, which has included DSW and Evenlode, both of whom we were able to connect with businesses we are working with. We have also been busy assisting all types of local business to access Business Sheffields ‘Digitisation’ and ‘Productivity’ grants worth up to £5k and £12.5k respectively. We are starting to make plans for expanding the TechForge support offer to include drop-ins, a TechForge members resource and working to increase the number of Angels in the area.

Contact: Morgan Killick, morgan@levelupsolutions.co.uk