At MSDUK, we understand that ethnic minority businesses often encounter unique barriers and challenges that may not be faced by their non-ethnic peers. Our unwavering commitment lies in acknowledging and addressing these disparities to foster a more inclusive and equitable business environment. It’s this commitment that propelled the launch of the MSDUK Accelerator Programme, which is fully funded by our corporate sponsors, Unilever, WPP, DOW and Google, to help ambitious ethnic minority B2B entrepreneurs, all without taking equity from its participants.
Our applications are now open for Cohort 4. We aim to educate, challenge and connect B2B early-stage ventures in order to help brilliant founders realise their full potential. Join our thriving community of over 120 committed individuals, including experts, mentors, and facilitators.
We believe that taking action and implementing learnings quickly is the best way to validate assumptions, develop new perspectives, and reflect on old challenges. That’s why our programme is experiential and hands-on, with a focus on growth and development. Designed with the intention to educate, challenge, and connect, this initiative has been instrumental in fostering a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs who support each other.
During the programme, participants will have access to a powerful network of experts, corporates, and advisors, as well as a supportive community of founders. You will also learn from successful entrepreneurs who have been where you are and can share valuable insights. Let’s delve deeper into the remarkable journey of this programme and what you can expect.
The MSDUK Accelerator Cohort 4 is a four-month programme that will run five modules, each consisting of 3-week learning sprints in the format of: THINK, DO, and SHARE weeks. The modules cover Customer Discovery and Validation, Product Development/Scaling Services, Growth Marketing, Sales and Communication and Pitching.
You’ll gain insights into key concepts and theories through a series of masterclasses led by expert facilitators, as well as guest workshops conducted by external speakers.
You’ll put your learning into practice through real-world tasks that you can implement into your business straight away. You can also book 1-2-1 sessions with experts-in-residence and our facilitators for any queries.
During Share Week, participants will share their experiences on the programme, contributing to a Peer Mastermind session where they can exchange knowledge, insights, and ideas with their fellow cohort members.
Participating in the MSDUK Accelerator comes with a multitude of benefits:
Firstly, you’ll experience hands-on experiential learning, emphasizing quick implementation and validating assumptions. We foster a growth mindset by encouraging fast failure and learning from mistakes.
Secondly, acquire crucial procurement knowledge, as we guide you through the intricacies of the B2B procurement process, offering valuable tips sourced from MSDUK, corporations, and successful B2B entrepreneurs.
Thirdly, you’ll have access to an ecosystem of expert facilitators comprised of seasoned entrepreneurs and startup advisors, and dedicated mentors to support your journey providing insights into your specific business challenges.
Lastly, you’ll become part of a community-driven tribe of innovative ethnic minority entrepreneurs who offer mutual support extending well beyond the programme’s completion.
With 1-2-1 support from a dedicated mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to test your ideas, expand your network, and gain a valuable sounding board for your venture upon the successful completion of the programme. Our mentors possess expertise in corporate procurement, B2B sales, and start-up leadership.
The corporate mentoring journey after the successful completion of the Accelerator Programme offers a chance for personal and professional growth alongside an industry expert, but remember, your input determines the outcome. Your mentor can provide an external perspective on both you and your business, share their own practical experiences, and introduce you to valuable contacts and networks.
The MSDUK Accelerator is not just a programme, it’s a community where founders come together to offer guidance, facilitate relevant connections, and provide tangible assistance to one another. This fosters an inclusive culture where irrespective of your diverse backgrounds, founders share a common lived experience that sets them apart. Each founder brings their unique cultural perspective, enriching the collective insight.
We call this group of our cohort founders and alumni, the accelerator tribe. Our community-driven approach ensures that the support and camaraderie continue long after the programme has finished. By supporting one another, sharing experiences, and collaborating on future endeavours, these entrepreneurs create a powerful network that transcends boundaries and unlocks new opportunities.
The MSDUK Accelerator isn’t just a programme; it’s a dynamic community— the accelerator tribe— where diverse backgrounds unite, enriching collective insights and forging a network that unlocks new opportunities. Download our Accelerator Booklet to get a gist of the programme, read our cohort’s stories, and get tips on how to make your application stand out. Join us on this remarkable journey towards entrepreneurial success and growth.
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