Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 2 April

First published in Worcester News 02.04.2021

For this week’s column I would like to reflect on the great work that has been taking place from the BetaDen programme.

I mentioned earlier this month that BetaDen were preparing for their virtual showcase event for their third cohort of businesses. The showcase event is a chance for the businesses part of the programme to openly discuss what their product or service is to draw in potential investors and interested parties to find out more.

The showcase this year was once again in a virtual format and was live streamed on YouTube to over 200 viewers. The virtual showcase has now been made available on demand and can be watched on their YouTube channel.

Off the back of this news, the team haven’t stopped and are close to welcoming in their fourth cohort of businesses into the accelerator programme. Eight businesses will join the nine-month BetaDen programme in April to help bring their products and services to market.

The cohort will be developing their products and services utilising new technologies with examples such as driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence, electric vehicles and cyber security.

I look forward to hearing more about their progress and developments throughout the rest of the year.

Also, I am really pleased to see the BetaDen programme going from strength to strength and I would like to highlight how previous cohort members have celebrated landmark contracts and investments from the likes of HS2, the NHS, Amazon and Royal Mail.

These successes demonstrate how the commercial angle of BetaDen on developing technologies that solve real-world problems, combined with access to industry expertise and networks, is helping to attract early-stage businesses with exciting growth potential to Worcestershire.

For more information on BetaDen, visit their website.