SME Accelerator Programme
Designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies who are in the process of launching or planning to launch new to market products and services.
Accredited through SFEDI Awards, the Award in Enterprise Creation and Validation covers the ideas behind business design, validation and feasibility. Now, the course will be available to access online through the SME Centre of Excellence and will come with a Level 6 Accreditation from the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.
What is the Accelerator Programme?
The SME Accelerator Programme has been developed by leading industry experts using best in class methods and approaches that guarantee to provide the right support at the right time for each business to start, survive and thrive.
We aim to help teach 4 learning outcomes, all designed to support the learner to be able to:
Understand the principles of Design Thinking and how to apply these to your start-up
Understand how to develop a desirable, feasible and viable business model
Test and validate the business model
Present a pitch for the business model
Learning how to apply Design Thinking to your start-up, allowing you to analyse potential business opportunities and identify the most appropriate one, and then evaluate it against one's own ambitions and aspirations.
Learning what a business model is and relating it to a business plan, then identifying threats to it with a competitor analysis. Defining your market and industry, and value proposition for each customer segment, preparing yourself for pains and gains to ensure customer relations are kept in order.
Undertaking business model experiments to reduce uncertainty and risk, and then validating it through customer engagement and traction achieved.
Developing a story board for the pitch deck clearly illustrating the value proposition, preparing the 10-page pitch deck to present the business model, and making an argument to compel the audience to take action.
What else do I get?
The mentoring activities fully complement the overall workshop programme allowing participants to deep dive into the areas critical to the needs of their individual business growth and as identified by the concepts, thoughts, and issues developed within the workshops delivered. An agreed approach and mentoring plan are developed in collaboration with each participant.
Each SME will be assessed against existing successful company comparators and a personalised growth plan developed based on the strengths and weaknesses of the individual leading the organisation. Any other gaps and opportunities identified will be clearly recorded and addressed through the mentoring activities.
The SME CofE mentors that have been chosen to support the programme are from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of industry experience and networks with a focus on the three biggest enablers on business growth – innovation, internationalisation/new markets, and digital transformation.
Our series of high impact group sessions include:
Interactive high impact learning
Small experienced cohorts
All of the resources you'll need to succeed
One to one support
By completing the SME Accelerator Programme, you will:
Overcome business challenges, recognise and act on new opportunities
Build a trusted network of connections to support you now and in the future
Improve your long-term personal and business performance