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Early Stage

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your MVP to

The Early Stage accelerator spans 8 weeks, guiding founders from MVP stage to business growth. We provide companies with top mentors, exceptional resources, a network of investors, and access to experts and alumni founders. Integrating in-person kickoff and wrap-up events with a mix of virtual and in-person sessions throughout ensures accessibility and engagement for all participants in our hybrid format.


The programme culminates in a Demo Day, offering a platform for pitching to investors and accessing a £15k grant funding pot!

Guiding your Growth

Our accelerator is tailored to support each business with the essential tools, expert guidance and valuable mentorship you need to develop your MVP into a thriving business.

Access to £15k funding pot

Join a community of founders

1-1 advice from Lloyds staff

Pitch your business to investors 

Access to expert coaching

16+ hours of group learning sessions

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How to Apply

Your Business 
  • UK registered business

  • Evidence of proof of traction (active customers, partnerships, revenue and funding) 

  • Business running for at least 6 months

  • The business has or is ready to launch their MVP

  • Open to all industries

Your Business 
  • At least 1 founder (or C-suited) self-identifies as Black or of Black heritage

  • You have proven expertise in your industry

  • You are available to attend all the masterclasses over the 8-week period

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2024 timeline

There are only 30 spaces available on this unique accelerator, delivered through a combination of virtual and

in-person events from June through to August 2024.


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Value Proposition & Product Development

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Legal Essentials For Entrepreneurs & Wellbeing

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How To Pitch


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Business Modelling

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Sales Strategy & Marketing for Growth

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How To Sustain Business Growth

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Getting the Financials Right

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Accessing Finance - 'Ask Our Experts Anything'

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The accelerator was life-changing, not only was I able to interact and engage with some incredibly inspiring speakers and mentors, I was able to grow my network of fellow entrepreneurs who are looking to make a real change and impact on the world. One of the greatest outcomes I got out of the accelerators was setting up my MVP.

Additionally, it has informed me a lot more about the marketing avenues and strategies around the brand. It further helped me understand the needs and requirements for building a community.

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