MSDUK Accelerator


Are you an ethnic minority B2B or B2B2C venture that could provide their products, services or solutions to a corporate? Applications for Cohort 3 are now open

Applications are now OPEN | Deadline: 21 November 2022
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MSDUK Accelerator is a three-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

Applications are now OPEN | Deadline: 21 November 2022
Programme Benefits
  • Practical workshops covering Customer Discovery & Validation, Product Mindset, Growth Marketing and Communication & Sales – see an example of sessions calendar here
  • 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

21 November 2022

Application Deadline

05 December 2022

Applicant Interviews (05 - 09 December)

09 January 2023

Cohort 3 Announced

23 January 2023

Cohort 3 Start

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants must:

  • belong to one of the categories below:
    • Ethnic minority business: one founder of an ethnic minority origin holding a majority (51% or greater) ownership
    • Ethnic minority-controlled business: a business founded with the ethnic minority founder majority
    • Ethnic minority freelancer
  • 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
  • run Business to Business (B2B) or Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C) business venture
  • have already developed a product or prototype that has users or customers

Participant Testimonials

I really enjoyed the programme, the involvement of corporate sponsors such as WPP to deliver some of the sessions added a lot of value. I’ve been through a few Accelerators but this one stands out in its individualised support approach - it’s practical, useful, and relevant.

Drishdey Caullychurn, Founder & CEO, TEXpert AI

Working with my corporate mentor has proved to be very beneficial to Opus and our GenieWipes product. My mentor was very engaged from the outset and outlined various options of possible ways that our two companies could collaborate. Through my mentors introduction, I then commenced meetings with Unilever’s Global Category Manager for Beauty & Personal Care and the UK marketing team, and we are currently engaged in very positive and exciting discussions.

Bola Lafe, Founder & CEO, Opus Innovations