FORWARD

FORWARD is a 6 month Birmingham based accelerator programme aimed at helping startups that wish to begin scaling up and growing their business. The programme is broken into 6 elements with each one being designed to better understand your business and what you need to do to achieve your goals. 

By combining best practice with bespoke elements, expert advice and access to an active community of upcoming and established entrepreneurs, we are able to ensure that, with your commitment and engagement, you take away the skills, knowledge and connections you need to scale up your business.

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Application for FORWARD F2 will Open January 2020

We have put together a package of resources that will be offered to you as part of the programme to help accelerate your journey during the programme.

Initiation

Wellbeing

Working Lean

Storytelling

Growth

The Future
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Mentoring

Get matched with an experience mentor providing you with someone to provide an independent perspective and advice to help you work through decisions.

Co-Working Space

Work at Alpha Works alongside like-minded people, providing you with a dynamic and inspiring environment to inspire your progress.

Inclusive Community

Entrepreneurship is for all. Regardless of who you are, we are here to support you.

Events & Networking

Hear new ideas,expand your network and stay in touch with what’s going on through our range of events.

Virtual Resources

Access a range of virtual materials to teach you the things you need to know – powered by IBM, Google and Amazon.

1 to 1 Coaching

Weekly coaching sessions with your dedicated coach, helping to keep you on track and move in the right direction.

Trainings & Workshops

Develop the skills & knowledge you need to take your startup forward through our workshops on a variety of topics.

Funding Opportunities 

Access the funding you need to grow.

1. Application Run

Application for FORWARD F2 will open January 2020.

3. Initiation

FORWARD will start with an initiation week where you will begin to learn about what will be expected of you throughout the programme as well as beginning to set goals and targets to track your performance over the 6 months.

5. Working Lean, Storytelling & Growth Essentials

Throughout the programme you will gain the skills and knowledge you require to grow a business. From how to use lean methodology to develop an MVP, building a solid marketing plan that is fitting with your story to knowing the key metrics you need to track and more. 

7. Demo Day
Your graduation from FORWARD. This will be your chance to pitch your business in front of potential investors or organisations that can support you in the next part of your journey. 
2. Pitch Interviews

Successful applicants will be asked to pitch for their spot on FORWARD in front of our panel. Full details of which will be sent out with the pitch invite. We will then send out an offer to join the programme to those selected to be part of the Cohort. 

4. Wellbeing

Early in the programme we will begin to look at how you can build an entrepreneurial mindset and become resilient as a person. Taking on growing a business is not easy so it is important that you learn how to monitor and look after your own health and wellbeing. After being introduced this will continue through the programme. 

6. The Future
In this part of the programme we begin to prepare you for life after FORWARD. We will help you plan on the next steps you need to take, show you where you can find support in the future and look at your funding requirements – preparing you to become investment ready. 
8. From Forward to Onward 
The programme may be 6 months long but your relationship with FORWARD & BEC remains after you have completed the programme. From Alumni events, masterclasses and funding opportunities to special offers from our partners we want to ensure that we are always there to support you wherever you go.  

Ready To Start The Next Stage of Your Journey?

Signup first to know when Applications are open
Application for FORWARD F2 will be open January 2020. We have also put together some information to help with your application which can be found here. if you have any questions please get in touch.
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