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Congratulations to the latest Catalyst cohort

The 2023/24 Catalyst business accelerator programme has drawn to a close, following final pitch presentations from the outgoing cohort, and a pint or two at the Chilworth Arms! 

Catalyst is Southampton Science Park’s primary business support programme for start-ups and early stage companies with innovative concepts. 

Online Applications are now welcomed to join the next cohort of the Catalyst business accelerator, commencing in September 2024. If you’re a founder of an early-stage innovation-led business - digital, technology or science-based ventures - apply now for your chance to benefit from this fully funded opportunity. Slots to pitch for a place on the Catalyst Programme are expected to fill up fast, so get an application in early.

In September last year, companies from a wide range of sectors began their Catalyst journeys under guidance from expert mentors. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences. 

  • “Our mentor’s help was 100% spot on regarding the business model - which we nailed. I came with a gap in my knowledge and left with a complete business model with tested and validated assumptions. I met an amazing group of entrepreneurs and mentors and really enjoyed being part of something as my business took off rapidly in 2024.” Tracey, Eco-Shaper 
  • “Great business strategy support and experiences shared by the mentors. Our fundraising strategy and potential exit point is now clearer for us.” Nick, BirthGlide
  • “I don’t think my business would be where it is today without the support from the mentors. My business went through a major pivot during the program and, with the advice I received, I was able to create a business that meant we were presented opportunities we haven’t had before. Having a mentor to explore various paths and options helps us refine the business and the problem we are trying to solve. The weekly coaching and the workshops covering a wide spectrum of start-up challenges were perfect. The business panel review was incredible.” Joash, Livia 
  • “I managed to take a lot from the Catalyst experience and I put this down to the relationships made on the journey and the flexibility of my mentor. I have built some lasting business relationships and having a mentor to meet regularly was an excellent way to discuss issues and decisions that I would have previously handled alone. My mentor was flexible enough that I felt like I could get something unique to my issues from every session. The business review panel is an excellent crescendo to the course and the feedback from experts was invaluable. The Science Park is an inspirational and aspirational location.” Simon, VapeGuardian
  • “It’s been useful to be held accountable on a weekly basis and have the chance for non-rushed discussions with my mentor.” Janice, KIKI
  • “Catalyst has been an eye opening journey. If you feel lonely, as most start-up founders do, Catalyst is a great opportunity to be challenged, learn from like-minded individuals, see different perspectives and benefit from support and tools to build your business.” Lee, AddTime


We are grateful to receive funding for Catalyst from the UK Government via Test Valley Borough Council through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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