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Founding the Future

The success of the first cohort of Founders was recently celebrated at a special showcase event. The innovative Founderships business start-up package offers graduate entrepreneurs advice and support tailored to individual needs.

Founderships launched its first full programme in 2015 following a successful pilot scheme, and the first cohort of entrepreneurs recently completed the six-month programme.

Held in the recently launched Start up Space, in the Careers Service, 11 company founders presented their seven businesses to a full house of entrepreneurs, funders, students and professional partners at the Glitretind Founderships Showcase. 

This inaugural cohort of Founders ideas cover a range of sectors, including Virtual Reality for the cultural and heritage sector, authentic Sichuan cuisine, brain health and performance supplements, a disruptive approach to providing supply teaching, financial rewards for using energy smartly, technology solutions for the healthcare sector and a superfood brand.

Find out more about the Glitretind Founderships Showcase and the Founders on the Rise Up blog.

Fast-track your business

Applications for the September 2016 cohort are now open.  Founderships provides the resources you need to launch your business and achieve great success.

As well as master classes, events, coaching and mentoring, Founderships also offers:

•             a stipend in the region of £7,500 for living expenses
•             an extra 50% stipend for applications involving additional co-Founders
•             up to £10,000 funding for the development of your idea
•             the opportunity to meet, work alongside and collaborate with other Founders
•             dedicated co-working space for six months
•             access to investors and customers through the Rise Up network

Katie Wray, Founderships Programme Manager, said: "Founderships welcomes Newcastle University graduates who have the potential to achieve scale, in any sector. The programme offers budding entrepreneurs six months of funding and support. In doing so, we help fast-track their business and remove some of the hurdles they face in the early stages of start-up."

Applications for the September 2016 cohort are now open. Visit the Founderships website for more information or e-mail


published on: 2 May 2016