Innovative Leeds-based accelerator programme helping start-ups to succeed

Press release

Elmwood LaunchPod, an accelerator programme run by Elmwood, the world’s most effective brand design consultancy, has signed up four successful participants to take part in its 12-week programme which starts in September. Engagify, Dietary Assessment Ltd and will join recently announced maiden entrepreneurs accepted on the first programme, DigiBete.

The accelerator is aimed at promoting the development of start-ups, offering support to entrepreneurs looking to scale-up their operations, while also investing in the economic prospects of the region. The programme will shape the direction of businesses and foster community collaboration with creativity and technology at the core. Elmwood’s inaugural programme is focused on start-ups who are innovating how people connect with their health and with the healthcare system.

Each week, participants will receive specialist insight from a world-class community of marketers and creative designers and free workspace at Elmwood’s creative and dynamic studio in Leeds (United Kingdom). The programme will cover areas that include a series of group-based workshops, 1:1 coaching and support from experts and mentoring in a real setting in collaboration with Elmwood and its partners.

Sarah Dear, managing partner at Elmwood and managing director of Elmwood LaunchPod, commented: “We are excited to welcome an amazing group of talented entrepreneurs who share Elmwood’s passion for innovative thinking and design. These organisations are using creativity and technology to address real health problems and shape the future of healthcare and consumer health experiences. Working collaboratively, we can support the drive and commitment these entrepreneurs possess and help them scale up and reach their next level of growth.”

About Elmwood LaunchPod

The future starts with an idea. And some of the most innovative ideas are found among start-up businesses. But to make them viable, they need to be nurtured, tested and refined. Elmwood LaunchPod is an accelerator program that invites start-ups into a creative community for 12 weeks, where access to expert mentoring, growth networks and in some cases, funding are provided.

Based in Leeds and managed by global brand experience agency, Elmwood, Elmwood LaunchPod offers start-up companies access to Elmwood’s roster of industry-leading global clients and world-class community of marketers and creative designers. These start-ups will be amongst science, technology, engineering and creative industries.

This is a unique project bringing together businesses with breakthrough ideas propelled by the power of design. This is where the future starts and business takes off.

About Elmwood 

Elmwood is the world’s most effective brand design and brand experience consultancy. A bold statement, but true. We’ve won more DBA Design Effectiveness Awards than anyone else in the history of the scheme, recognition of our work’s commercial success. Elmwood began in 1977, and has studios in Leeds, London, New York, Singapore, and Melbourne. Today, Elmwood is still very much independent, offering industry leading services in brand strategy and insight, brand identity; creative, design and activation; branded content and experience; and consulting. We can tick off a long list of sectors including retail, government, sport, media, FMCG, B2B and more. Our joint ventures also mean we can offer specialist services in sustainability consulting, industrial design and environmental design. We’ve been accredited a ‘Silver’ standard by Investors in People and made the Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Companies to Work For’ in 2008 and 2011.

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