I'm officially going to be a chicklet!
So on a rather gloomy afternoon last week, I hopped on the train across to Leeds to attend my interview at Entrepreneurial Spark for my business Bright Ethics!
"Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures.
We have developed a proprietary ‘entrepreneurial enablement’ programme that takes entrepreneurs through a cognitive and action centred development process. The Entrepreneurial Spark programme lasts for 6 months and can continue for up to 18 months.
Benefits include access to a collaborative office environment suitable for building teams – our Hatchery! Businesses in the Hatchery also receive free IT & wifi; access to business enablement and support from a pool of over 50 business mentors. There are ample opportunities to network during compulsory events, workshops, pitch practice and more."
The selection process was quite simple. First you fill in an online form for your chosen location, the form allows you to explain your business idea and your progress so far. Then you have to wait, a couple of weeks in my case, to hear if you are selected for an interview, which takes place at your chosen Hatchery.
The interview takes place in a group setting, alongside seven other aspiring businesses and their representatives. This was actually my favorite part, as it's always interesting to see what other people are up to and hear their business stories!
After a nerve racking one minute pitch and one to one interview, we were free to go and have a little look around the "Hatchery" - a very inspiring space complete with individual pods, break out spaces and meeting rooms.
I have a really bad habit of always assuming the worst, so you can imagine my shock when later that evening, I received an email telling me that myself and Bright Ethics had been accepted onto the programme!
Whilst we officially start our residence in February, I'm already thinking about how we really start developing our processes and continue our work on building a trusted hallmark of ethical policies and practices. (Find out more information about what Bright Ethics does here.)
As much of the Entrepreneurial Spark programme is focused on development and learning, I'm hoping that I will be able to share lots of the tips and tricks that I pick up during my time at the Hatchery.
I'll also keep you updated with our progress through the programme and any exciting news!