NatWest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator Programme

B-Enterprising has an opportunity for you to access the NatWest Pre-Accelerator Programme this summer, based at the NatWest bank headquarters in Birmingham City Centre.

NatWest run accelerator programmes all over the UK and help small businesses go further. The programmes are fully funded enabling you to grow without taking any equity from your business.

A half day 'Ignition event' on Thursay 30 July 2020 kicks off this 8 week programme where the majority of learning will be online which you can complete in your own time.


Whatever your plans this summer, this flexible programme allows you to complete this around your summer schedule. Even if you already have plans this summer, you are still able to apply and gain the benefits that this programme has to offer.

How the NatWest Pre-Accelerator Programme works

Early stage start-ups Pre-Accelerator offers entrepreneurs:

  • An introductory ‘Ignition’ half day event
  • An online learning portal where the majority of your learning will be done
  • Relevant Business start-up webinars and digital workshops provided by NatWest
  • A celebratory wrap-up event - make connections with the Birmingham start-up community

How to apply to the NatWest Pre-Accelerator Programme

To apply for the Natwest Pre-Accelerator please click on the button below. Find below the next Ignition start dates:

  • 8 October 09:30 – 14:00
  • 4 December 9:30 – 14:00

Once you have completed your application, we would be grateful if you could email the team so we can follow this up with Natwest and offer you additional support (we have funding and Business 1-2-1s available). Please email us at

Eligibility for the NatWest Pre-Accelerator Programme

This is open to all University of Birmingham students and recent graduates (up to three years). Whatever stage you are at with your idea, this programme is designed to help you take it to the next stage. 


“The NatWest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator is aimed at entrepreneurs taking their early stage business to the next level. You may have a few sales, but not enough to give up the day job. Your turnover is usually £1000 or less each month and you have not yet gained enough traction to secure funding or investment for your business. Now you’re looking to check you have solid foundations before moving forward. The programme is an series of 8 week learning journeys, supported by engaging networking events and interactive digital modules to power you to the next stage.”

Contact the B-Enterprising team

If you have any questions, either about the NatWest Pre-Entrepreneur Accelerator or Accelerator programme, please feel free to email the team at


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