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Investment and Funding

Funds Available from Finance Yorkshire

Finance Yorkshire provides SMEs with a range of financial support through Seedcorn and Growth Fund (primarily equity) investments along with large and small Business Loans.

The Seedcorn Fund aims to invest in new or pre-revenue companies where innovative or disruptive technologies are being developed to capitalise on future opportunities in either product or service sector markets and focussed on technology and knowledge-based businesses.

Typical investment is up to £1m, increasing to £1.5m for SMEs with significant market growth prospects.

More information is available on the Finance Yorkshire website.


Blue Lake Accelerator

The Blue Lake Accelerator is a free programme laser-focused on helping early-stage founders attract VC investments. The 12-week program has a hybrid online/offline format and is located in South Yorkshire. It will support founders through:

  • Pitching
  • Fundraising Strategy
  • Introductions to Investors

Through instruments designed to challenge and push the start-up from theory to practice, including:

  • 1-2-1 Mentorship
  • Live Seminars with Industry Experts
  • Group Workshops
  • Assignments

Blue Lake will continue supporting graduates through light mentoring and introduction to Investors as well as indirectly through our substantial network.

Find out more and apply on Blue Lake Accelerator website or email Moritz.

Blue Lake VC would also like to offer participants of ScaleUp 360 their Open Office Hours where they can help with any questions around your start-up and VC Investors.



Unrest is a start-up accelerator providing 16 weeks of structured support delivered by world class experts to founders and teams at purposeful, consumer-facing start-ups.

Guided by our three pillars of impact, resilience and diversity, we focus on consumer businesses because we believe in the collective power we all have in driving shifts towards a fairer inclusive economy.

The programme is offered through an equity stake in your business. We ask for the lower of a 2% equity share or £33k worth of equity in your business. Through equity, we are tying our success to yours, betting on a better world together.

Who is the Unrest Programme for?

  • Consumer facing businesses Based in the UK
  • Ambitions to become globally scalable
  • Have launched an MVP within the last 6 months or the upcoming 6 months
  • Aligned with at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The next accelerator cohort runs from September 2022 until January 2023 – applications are open now and close on 18 July 2022.

More information is available on the Unrest website.


Transform SY

Transform SY is a world class people accelerator that is being delivered by Entrepreneurial Spark, a leader in the entrepreneur support world. The programme will feature 3 cohorts of 20 businesses for 6 months each, with the first cohort currently in motion. Applications for Cohort 2 opened on 27 May 2022.

Transform SY is a people accelerator - the focus of our support is on the entrepreneur as much as it is on the business because the entrepreneur is the one building their venture, not the opposite. We will help you flesh out your business proposition, hone your pitching skills and connect with relevant mentors and contacts across the region. But most importantly, we will enable the entrepreneur within you to achieve their goals through our fortnightly enablement sessions.

More information is available on the Entrepreneurial Spark website.