Got a great business idea? Chance to pitch

successlThe Catalyst Centre is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, visionaries, and the science and technology stars of the future. Mentoring, business support and 6 months free office space are on offer – all you need is a great business idea, and the drive and determination to succeed. Pitch your idea to a panel of seasoned experts, and you could be the next Catalyst Centre success story.

The second round of applications are now open for places in The Catalyst Centre. The Catalyst Centre was developed in association with SETsquared in 2012, and aims to reward entrepreneurial talent in the South East with a comprehensive, tailored programme of mentoring and support over a 6 month period which will provide these individuals with all the tools they need to turn a high quality, science or technology idea into a viable business proposition.

The Catalyst Centre initiative provides everything a burgeoning start-up could need, including free desk and meeting space, and up to £1000 towards business expenses. Mentoring and support will be ongoing over the 6 month period. Entries are open now, and interested parties should visit for further information, and to submit their entry.

Catalyst Centre SouthamptonChief Executive of the Southampton Science Park, and Catalyst Centre judge, Peter Birkett said “The Catalyst Centre allows individuals with brilliant ideas to thrive in an innovative and supportive environment. Through the first round of this initiative, we have seen how intensive support and coaching can not only stimulate businesses to grow and develop, but also benefit the local economy.”

The Catalyst Centre is currently home to four growing businesses, to find out more about these businesses, and how your business could be changing in the near future, go to the Catalyst Centre blog.

Entrants will be asked to complete a short online form, describing their business idea. Entries close on the 31st May, and selected participants will be invited to pitch their proposition to the judging panel. Following the pitch process, up to seven individuals will be invited to take up places in the Catalyst Centre in early September. On conclusion of the six month period, there will be a graduation event, where each business will present to the judging panel and invited guests. Following successful completion of the Catalyst Centre process, the best businesses will be considered for entry into the Setsquared Business Acceleration programme.

Here’s what one of the Catalyst Centre’s current tenants, Joe Price has to say about the experience: “The Catalyst Centre’s business support system has been second to none. The seminars set up by the University of Southampton Science Park, and specialist business coach Phil Sharpe have been an excellent sounding board for my business ideas, giving me the insight needed to move forward.”

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