Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 5 March

First published in Worcester News 05.03.2021

As we enter the last month of the financial year, it was encouraging to see the Chancellor’s Budget briefing this week and digest what this means for the local economy.

The Worcestershire LEP team have put together an informative podcast which goes through all the details from Budget, outlining what this means for local businesses and residents. Businesses and those interested can listen to this local breakdown on our website.

For this week’s column, I would like to highlight some fantastic progress on one of the Worcestershire LEP’s key programmes, BetaDen.

BetaDen is the county’s commercial technology accelerator, they are working to help support businesses and start-ups with developing their technology ideas into market ready products. The package of support on offer with the programme is worth over £50,000, consisting of free office space, mentorship from our handpicked experts, access to the Worcestershire’s 5G testbed and a proof of concept grant.

The team at BetaDen have made fantastic progress over the last few years and recently they announced their cohort 4 line-up. Another 8 businesses will join the programme in April. I am looking forward to seeing these innovative companies develop their products and services over the course of the next 9 months.

Alongside the cohort 4 announcement, the team have also confirmed the virtual showcase for their third cohort of businesses. The showcase will be taking place on the 18 March and will be a chance for the cohort to demonstrate the progress they have made over the last 8 months and outline what their product or service is.

The virtual showcase is open to anyone to attend, I would encourage anyone interested in learning about some of the game-changing technology being developed and utilised in the county to register to attend the showcase.

You can find out more about cohort 4 and the virtual showcase on the BetaDen website.