The future of business incubation

Caroline Hyde discusses the Allia Future Business Centre’s business acceleration programme, what it is, and how it can help businesses grow…

The programme is delivered in partnership with the Cambridge University Judge Business School. Successful participants are invited onto a three-day world-class training weekend at the Judge Business School, followed by 12 months of accommodation support and regular mentoring.

Keystone Innovation and Foundation East – who provide loan finance to ventures who can’t access mainstream finance – are also partners in this Social Incubator, which is funded by the Cabinet Office.

We run a full, regular and mostly free programme of seminars, drop in sessions and workshops designed to support founders, newly forming teams, as well as some of more established companies and to help showcase organisations to potential investors or customers.

Our community is also supported with a great social programme and a number of Centre-based clubs. Whether a venture wants to sharpen up its pitch for investors, understand how to create a compelling crowdfunding campaign or manage exponential growth in a start-up - support from our specialist business advisors and peer learning is part of what makes the Future Business Centre perfect for social ventures.

Allia is looking to open a third Centre in the summer. We are also looking to persuade the government that this model should be replicated across the UK to drive real social impact in all kinds of communities. We like to set ourselves big ambitions at Allia.