The MSDUK Accelerator is a 4-month intensive programme to develop Business-to-Business (B2B) ethnic minority-owned ventures. Our programme helps businesses validate key assumptions around their service/product and, we connect them with the ethnic minority business ecosystem and provide insights into corporate procurement practises.
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Since our launch, we supported 88 founders in growing their businesses. What can we do for you? Here are four benefits of the MSDUK Accelerator.
The MSDUK Accelerator understands that entrepreneurship is not just about ideas; it’s about action. The programme emphasizes the importance of experiential learning, where you will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and insights in real-world scenarios. The primary advantage of being in the programme is the rapid implementation of learning. You won’t just passively absorb knowledge; you will actively apply it, making immediate operational changes. This results in tangible real-life outcomes by the end of the program, showcasing the true value of experiential learning. This approach not only validates assumptions but also provides new perspectives and innovative solutions to old challenges.
“MSDUK Accelerator = Large doses of gold dust learning! Comprehensive, with lifelong learning and tools, guides, and templates”Ranjit Ghosal, One Million Steps, Cohort 2.
Throughout the MSDUK Accelerator Programme, you will participate in a series of sessions designed to assist you on your entrepreneurial journey. Each of 5 learning modules last three weeks. In the first week, expert facilitators will lead masterclasses, and you’ll attend three 1.5-hour workshops. In the second week, you can take advantage of online office hours with facilitators to get your questions answered, along with securing 1-on-1 support from our experts in residence. You’ll also attend guest workshops covering topics like PR, no-code solutions for SMEs, and tendering to provide additional insights. During the third week, you can participate in Feedback Fridays to reflect on your progress and attend mentor meetings, where mentors dedicate 1-2 hours monthly to support your growth.
“Facilitators on the programme have been extremely supportive; they worked with me on a one-to-one basis to refine my customer validation strategy. As a result, I asked more relevant questions and felt more confident with the customer interviews which meant the company may pay for a pilot with us.”Pinky Ghadiali, Founder, Netwomen.co, Cohort 1
Enjoy a one-year free membership with MSDUK to provide ongoing support long after the programme’s completion. Certification as an ethnic minority business is now more important than ever for corporates to track their spending on diverse suppliers. MSDUK certification is the most trusted by corporates and can provide a competitive advantage for your business. As well as MSDUK Certification, MSDUK membership provides you with a ticket to the majority of our events. Our events are the perfect opportunities for you to connect with our corporate network. Access our Community Platform to learn, share, and collaborate with fellow founders, discovering new opportunities for business growth within our ecosystem.
“A step ahead to help EMB minorities in the competitive world.”Tarun Kumar, DataGardener Solutions, Cohort 3
The MSDUK Accelerator goes beyond being just a 4-month programme; upon graduation, you enter a thriving community. The Accelerator community provides a sense of camaraderie, reminding founders they’re not alone on their entrepreneurial journey. Through mutual support, sharing of experiences, and collaboration, our community transcends geographic and industry boundaries.
“Being part of a community of talented and tenacious business owners is beneficial to all; the insight and inspiration that can be gained through osmosis and conversation is so beneficial. The MSDUK cohort is filled with incredible founders!”Subira Jones, MPWRD Consulting, Cohort 3.
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