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Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator

Posted on 23 October 2020

Are you a social scientist with innovative research ideas that could be developed into a business or social enterprise? Are you employed as an academic researcher by the University of York?

You have a unique opportunity to turn bright ideas into a business through a comprehensive entrepreneurial skills training programme and the chance to compete to win £50,000* to support your proposed venture.

The ARC Accelerator (formerly known as SUCCESS) is a first-of-its-kind opportunity specifically designed to help social science researchers to develop ideas based on their research into businesses or ventures to help people, society and the economy.

The programme is open to social sciences researchers (students are not eligible) from across the University of York.

ARC Accelerator is a 6-month programme and successful applicants will benefit from:

  • A half-day Business Canvas support session to explore and build out their idea (December 2020)
  • A virtual training boot-camp spread over 3 weeks led by industry experts to develop key entrepreneurial skills
  • Specialised, sector specific training, access to experts who have been there before, access to investors and access to networks
  • Dedicated mentorship support to help validate your idea, develop the business model, and support your pitch for funding investment
  • Access to business and investor networks across UKHE
  • The programme concludes with a chance to pitch for up to £50,000 in prize money* (June 2021)

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Terms and conditions apply

*subject to funder conditions