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BUILD Programme Opens Applications to Early Stage Founders

BUILD is a new entrepreneurship programme from Leeds City Region’s MIT REAP (Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program), and we’ve just opened applications for early stage founders within Leeds City Region with business ideas that mix profit and purpose.

We’re on the lookout for people who have brilliant business ideas to solve the big problems that matter to our community and to our world. Successful BUILD applicants will benefit from the shared knowledge of, and connections to, world class experts and over 30 of Leeds City Region’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The BUILD programme was conceived by the team behind the Leeds City Region MIT REAP (Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program) which includes senior executives from Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Nexus, the University of Leeds, KPMG and ARUP alongside entrepreneurs Adam Beaumont, Ben Ziff and David Aspin, amongst others. MIT REAP is a global initiative, helping regions accelerate economic growth through entrepreneurship and innovation, with the Leeds City Region being the first English city region outside of London to be included in this prestigious programme.

The programme is for 12 weeks, focused on early stage start-ups to accelerate these developments that have the potential and ambition to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, health and wellbeing, access to education, mobility, sustainable living, and inequality and turn it into a global business. Alongside personal development they will be provided with the tools, the approach and the connections that the founders need to get-to-market, secure their first customers, generate revenue, attract investment and scale their businesses. Founders will do this together with like-minded cohort members, mentors, business and technical specialists and the 30+ local entrepreneurs including PanIntelligence, Top Screen Media, Crisp, rradar, BeerHawk, Digibete, Pinpoint, Keracol, Liria Digital Health and the Data Shed, alongside corporates such as KPMG and ARUP and investors such as Mercia and NorthInvest, who have successfully scaled their businesses.

Apply here https://mitreapleedscityregion.com/build/

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