Tomorrow’s businesses are developed here.
HELIX has a two-stage process that provides future entrepreneurs with resources and support to develop their innovation mindset and assist in developing their new ventures from ideation through to launch and scaling.
The first stage is a series of free workshops that support the entrepreneur in developing the foundation of their new venture. Topics covered include:
- Business Model Canvas I and II
- Customer Validation
- Pitch Development
Each INNOVATION Strand workshop will be supported by three one-hour labs where participants can engage with HELIX coaches.
Upon completion of the INNOVATION Strand, those who have a venture idea can deliver a two-minute persuasive elevator pitch of their business idea at the HELIX Pitch Event. Those who want to enter the ACCELERATION Strand of HELIX are required to deliver a pitch.
Those who complete the ACCELERATION Strand and Pitch requirement will move directly into where they will receive additional free supports to drive their ventures to the next level. Supports include:
- introduction to seed funding
- experiential activities such as startup weekend
- incubator space
- networking events
- links to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem
Participants in both strands will have access to the HELIX space and its facilities (Room K2010 in the Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship [CITE] at Newnham Campus). This includes access to the Mike Shaver Innovation Lounge, the Collaboration Forum, workstations, technology, meeting spaces and Maker Space.