Al Start wins Entrepreneurial Spark business award

 Promising Brighton Chiclets awarded £10,000 at Acceler8 Awards

Brighton Acceler8 low resThe 10th of November saw Brighton’s Acceler8 event take place at the Entrepreneurial Spark Hatchery in association with NatWest and KPMG.

The event celebrated Chiclets who have achieved recent business success in a day event that focussed on leadership before the evening awards ceremony.

Entrepreneurs in the Brighton Hatchery are provided not only with expert advice and guidance on how to develop their business but also with free office space, phones and internet, regular Temperature Checks with their dedicated Enabler and a fortnightly Wednesday #GoDoEventNight.

The entrepreneurs were given the chance to hear from business leaders Daryl Gayler, Regional Director, Commercial and Private Banking, Sussex and SW Surrey at RBS and Andy Parsons, CEO, YELO Architects throughout the evening.

Al Start and Double Six were awarded £2,000 each for the #GoDo Award, which is given to the Chiclet best demonstrating the mindsets and behaviours of a successful entrepreneur.

Winners of the Brighton pitching competition were Brighton Gin, Meme Coverture and The Mumpreneurs Network.

Following on from a fantastic few months, entrepreneur Melanie Lawson from Bare Biology also walked away with £3,000 to help grow her business, after winning the Acceler8 award.

Melanie Lawson, founder of Bare Biology said: “The Acceler8 event is a fantastic opportunity to get together with the other Chiclets based in Brighton and with such great prizes up for grabs it made the day even more interesting! I’ve learnt so much already from my time at Entrepreneurial Spark and with learning days such as this, I’ve got loads more ideas on how to improve my business.”

Fiona Anderson, Entrepreneurial Development Manager, NatWest, said: “It’s been fantastic to see how much the Chiclets have progressed over the past three months and recognising the hard work that these aspiring businesspeople have put in through the Acceler8 Awards is very important. The Chiclets have shown a tremendous amount of passion, creativity and commitment to their businesses. It can be daunting starting your own business but the entrepreneurs working in the Brighton Hatchery have had fantastic support from all the partners involved and are proving to be a wonderful reflection of Brighton’s vibrant start-up community.”

Tim Rush, Managing Director of KPMG Enterprise in the South East, said: “The Acceler8 awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Brighton based Chiclets, all of whom exemplify our city and region’s creativity, drive and ambition. It’s great to see the difference the Entrepreneurial Spark programme has made to the winners, and to see them in turn setting a great example to other start-ups hoping to become the big businesses of tomorrow.”

Applications for the February intake are currently open across all locations for entrepreneurs with a #GoDo attitude and an emerging business idea. To apply for Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest click here