The NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs and business owners to scale their businesses to the next level. Through our six month fully funded programme we provide wrap around support and access to expertise, removing barriers and providing more opportunities to help businesses grow.

The NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator is now open for applications for their next cohort which will start w/c 9th September 2024.

We have 13 hubs nationally and an option to engage entirely remotely through our digital programme. Please do share this information with your network as it’s fully funded support that can help all sorts of businesses.

What support does the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator offer?

  • Six months focused support with access to mentors, partners, and experienced entrepreneurs.
  • Access to our experienced Acceleration Managers.
  • A programme of great events.
  • Access to a network of like-minded peers, supported by the Accelerator team.
  • Use of our modern co-working spaces in one of our nationwide hubs.

Who is it suitable for?
Highly motivated entrepreneurs, seeking support to take their business to the next level who have:

  • An established, scalable idea with customers.
  • Are looking to expand (team, reach, property, etc).
  • And/or have raised funding and need support to implement their ideas.

Not sure if it’s right for you? Find out more via one of our discovery events.
Attend a discovery event at the Bristol Accelerator hub. We ask that every candidate attends a session before their interview as it’s a competitive process and we want to make sure you understand what it is you’re applying for.

Applications are quick and simple via our website. Click ‘apply now’ and you’ll be invited to an interview.
The closing date for applications is 16th August 2024. However, we recommend you apply as soon as possible to ensure you have the best opportunity of a space.

Timeline of Events
28th May 2024 Application window opens.
11th June 2024 – 6th August 2024 Attend a discovery event/interview in a hub or online.
16th August 2024 Applications close at midnight.
23rd August 2024 Final decisions communicated.
10th & 11th September 2024 Two-day Ignition event to kickstart the programme.
28th February 2025 End of programme (you can apply to join again in March).
Do I need to be a NatWest customer?
No, you do not need a NatWest bank account to access the programme for the first six months.
I’ve just started my business, is the Accelerator the right place for me?
The Accelerator is designed for businesses with traction, looking to take the next step on their growth journey. We do have support available for earlier stage businesses so it’s worth reaching out as we can help you decide what would help you next. You might find it useful to access our Business Builder tool as a first step.
What happens if I apply and don’t get on to the programme?
Don’t worry about not getting on the programme first time, it’s a competitive process, but take the step to get to know the team and don’t let it stop you from trying again next time. We will be able to point you in the direction!