What is the King's20 Accelerator?
King's20 is a year-long Accelerator programme aimed at supporting the 20 brightest ventures from King's to reach their potential.
Ventures can be at any stage of their development and the accelerator is open to all King's students, staff and alumni.
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You'll receive an estimated £60,000 support which includes:
- Office space for up to 6 team members in our beautiful new coworking space in Bush House, 30 Aldwych
- Weekly coaching from Experts in Residence
- Workshops covering subjects such as Customer Segmentation, Financial Modelling, Startup Law, Sales, Digital Marketing, Design and Public Speaking
- The opportunity to pitch for Scholarship prizes totalling £100,000
- Access to our network of investors, mentors and partners
- Expertise from organisations including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Founders Factory
- Support in building leadership, resilience skills and an entrepreneurial mindset. E.g. Training from the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.
o The programme is open to any current student, staff member of alumni from King’s. Each applicant must have a member of founding or leadership team with one of these affiliations to the university.
o Participants can be part of the accelerator part-time or full time (minimum a day a week + 8 events across the year). We ask that you are committed to making the most of the programme and making your idea happen.
o The accelerator is open 7 days a week. Attendance is flexible to allow for other commitments (lectures, clinics, childcare, work etc).
o Most of all the programme is all about your personal learning journey and growth – and we want to have as much fun as possible along the way!
Meet the 20 ventures in our Lookbook
A day in the life.
The ventures on the King's20 Accelerator have:
- Been hard at work: 200+ hours of mentorship, 40+ hours of workshops and many teams in the office 5+ days per week
- Started validating ideas: setting up pilot projects, hustling major clients, testing on Reddit and testing new products
- Had commercial and investment success: German Kraft have made over £100k since October and successfully crowdfunded; Beau Nuage are selling in Conran and have launched a new backpack product; Kindlink are closing new clients (Jaguar, Wells Fargo) Edvent have sold a major contract to clients in Canada; Memento have raised their first seed round; Prime Revision has had 5,000 app downloads since November; Attollo are continuing to grow monthly sales ahead of new product launch; AwesomeTrip have made £8,000+ revenue since launch in October
- Developed as leaders after a brilliant day at the UK Defence Academy, 6 workshops on leadership mindsets, 61 hours of leadership coaching and a constant focus on growth mindset
- Supported each other with several self-run workshops, meetups and coaching sessions
- Won recognition with a place at MIT’s global entrepreneurship bootcamp (Mila) prizes from GradVenture (Lucas from Focus), paid trip to Dubair(Veed), InTeahouse investor network (Memento and Project Access), WeWork (Project Access) and 14 ventures awarded the Allesch-Taylor Scholarship for Entrepreneurship 2017
"The Experts in Residence have been fantastic – we’ve taken so much from their support and guidance. We’re unbelievably lucky to have a team like that available to help us out each week!” Sabba and Tim, Co-founders of Veed
2016 - 2017 highlights
- Teech have raised £300k investment
- C the Signs won a Tech4Good Award, and Cofounder Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi won the 2017 WISE Technology & Engineering in Health & finalist for the WISE Tech Innovation Award.
David Wexler, a King's undergraduate music student has rasied £15,500 for Smart Gloves and been awarded a scholarship manufacturing trip to China.
- Cycl raised £45,000 on BBC's Dragon’s Den and support from Dragon Nick Jenkins
- Fares Alaboud, Founder of the Medic App was awarded £20,000 through the Soyoye Technology Innovation Prize and £10,000 from the Allesch-Taylor Scholarship for Entrepreneurship. The Medic app has also been backed by UK Trade and Investments.
- Moovr have won a sponsored trip to Kenya to pilot agriculture supply chain project and impact lives of farmers and communities across the country.
- Styled by Africa were awarded £10,000 through the Allesch-Taylor Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and the Toucan & TCCE Spotted in 2016 competition
Recognition and awards
"My cofounder and I wouldn't have been able to get this far without the 'culture of nurture' at the Entrepreneurship Institute. It's one thing to teach people how to scale which is common amongst other accelerators, but here the focus on resilience, peer to peer support and guidance both personally and professionally has been immense." Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi, Cofounder, C the Signs