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MSDUK Accelerator is a four-month programme designed to help your business succeed. You’ll be running experiments to validate your business assumptions. You’ll be building relationships with the ecosystem and you’ll be meeting the MSDUK corporate network.

Connections are just as critical as capital. We offer holistic support with corporate mentoring, 1-2-1 advice from experts, and specialist workshops. With access to 100+ global corporations and over 300 businesses in our network, you’ll be entering an ecosystem rich with potential. Unlike other programmes that may be internally competitive, our programme is collaborative. You’ll join a dynamic community that will grow with you on this journey. Our Accelerator tribe members support and motivate one another long after the programme has finished. Don’t take our word for it – see what programme participants have to say.

Programme Benefits

Practical workshops covering Customer Discovery & Validation, Product Mindset, Growth Marketing and Communication & Sales

Connections – with founders, experts, corporate network

1 year Premium MSDUK membership after completing the programme

Corporate mentoring delivered by senior professionals from Unilever, Dow, WPP, Sony, JCDecaux, BT, Aramark, AB InBev among others

1-2-1 business surgeries with experts in residence

Opportunity to develop & present corporate pilot project proposal

Practical workshops covering Customer Discovery & Validation, Product Mindset, Growth Marketing and Communication & Sales

Corporate mentoring delivered by senior professionals from Unilever, Dow, WPP, Sony, JCDecaux, BT, Aramark, AB InBev among others

Connections – with founders, experts, corporate network

1-2-1 business surgeries with experts in residence

1 year Premium MSDUK membership after completing the programme

Opportunity to develop & present corporate pilot project proposal

Timeline

26 January 2023

Cohort 3 Launch

6 June 2023

Cohort 3 Demo Day

1 August 2023

Cohort 4 Applications open

25 January 2024

Cohort 4 Start

Eligibility Criteria

Ethnic minority business:

one founder of an ethnic minority origin holding a majority (51% or greater) ownership

Ethnic minority freelancer

Run Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C) business venture

Ethnic minority-controlled business:

a business founded with the ethnic minority founder majority

Be UK Citizen, resident on UK Indefinite leave to remain, UK Startup visa, UK Innovator visa or an EU citizen in the following ESDP countries: Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and Ireland

Have already developed a product or prototype that has users or customers

The MSDUK community is one of the strongest that we have been part of. We are all passionate and driven towards supporting one another. I am personally in touch with a considerable number of founders from my accelerator cohort, the previous and the next one.

Daniel Byrd

Agave Networks (Cohort 2)

MSDUK Accelerator

The MSDUK Accelerator was an invaluable experience. I particularly commend their choice of experts. I had numerous meetings with one of the experts who gave me solid advice and helped to structure my thoughts on how I should approach my business.

Monique Farquharson

The Matcha Yaad (Cohort 3)

MSDUK Accelerator

Corporate Members

Since 2006, we’ve pioneered the supplier diversity movement in the UK and Europe. Join the ranks of organisations committed to supplier diversity. As a member of MSDUK, you’ll be part of a community of corporate leaders who share our passion for empowering ethnic minority businesses.

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Corporate Members

Since 2006, we have been at the forefront of driving the supplier diversity movement in the UK. Align with organisations dedicated to supplier diversity and become a part of the MSDUK community. As a member, you will connect with a network of corporate leaders who, are committed to empowering ethnic minority businesses. The companies below represent just a glimpse of our extensive corporate network.

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