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NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator [2022]

Infrastructure

Impact for scaleups

865

Scaling businesses (5,472 overall)

£28.06m

Investment raised (£220.57m overall)

522

Jobs created (3,764 overall)

45%

Female entrepreneurs

25%

BAME entrepreneurs

Key sectors

Food & drink Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance

NatWest delivers its Entrepreneur Accelerator programme in person and digitally, offering participating business leaders networking events, workshops and one-to-one and one-to-many coaching sessions to help them scale their business. Fourteen enterprise hubs, including two new hubs in Cambridge and Southampton, support the programme and provide access to ecosystem partners and customers. 

Over the last year, three new specialist accelerators were successfully launched – Clean Transport, Interactive Entertainment and Welsh Food & Drink – bringing additional industry specific support from key partners such as Warwick Manufacturing Group. Further accelerators catering to specific regional and sector needs are planned.

Recognising the importance of effective account management for participating businesses NatWest has a team of Local Enterprise Managers, Regional Ecosystem Managers and Entrepreneur Acceleration Managers who support scaleups, providing expert guidance, coaching and access to growth networks. 

The Accelerator delivers a comprehensive events programme focused on the barriers to scaling up, including a series of funding and investor readiness workshops. Events take place every six months and are aimed at different funding stages, drawing on investor insights.    

In response to the energy crisis and shift to a green economy, a new Carbon Planner supports scaling businesses to manage fuel and operational costs and reduce their carbon footprint. This sits alongside a new event focusing on the circular economy and aimed at climate-focused high-growth businesses following environmentally sustainable practices. 

NatWest has committed to support 35,000 businesses through enterprise programmes with 250,000 customer interactions to start, run and grow a business. 

CAUTIONARY NOTE ABOUT DATA ON THE NATWEST ENTREPRENEUR ACCELERATOR INFORMATION PAGE:

The financial and other information appearing in the Impact for Scale Ups section is aggregated information derived from information provided by customers that has not been verified or assured by NatWest Group plc or any of its subsidiaries (NatWest Group plc together with its subsidiaries “NatWest Group”), the ScaleUp Institute or any other person. Accordingly, NatWest Group, or any member of the NatWest Group or the ScaleUp Institute makes no representation, warranty or assurance of any kind, expressed or implied, and accepts no responsibility or liability as for the fairness, accuracy, reliability, reasonableness, correctness or completeness of any information, opinions or conclusions expressed in the Impact for Scale Ups section including differing methodologies used by customers in providing the information. Viewers should not, therefore, place undue reliance on the reliability of the information appearing in the Impact For Scale Ups section, including the infographic in any decision-making.  

NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator [2022] website