Pitch for investment and create a fabulous business with FAB, Oxford’s new accelerator for ambitious entrepreneurs and startups.

About the programme

Let’s face it, starting a new business is tough; starting a new business without any support is really, really, really tough - we know, we’ve done it!

FAB is Oxford’s first accelerator programme for ambitious entrepreneurs and startups designed by people who’ve been there, done it and bought the t-shirt.

Open to individuals and teams from all backgrounds and sectors, FAB combines weekly evening classes covering key startup business topics, each delivered by expert speakers and special guests, with regular 1-to-1 sessions with expert business mentors.

The programme culminates in a ‘demo day’ and pitching session where all participants get to pitch to a panel of angel investors and assembled audience of business advisors, funding bodies and support organisations.

Programme

Wk Programme name
Wk1 Business basics: creative thinking, company structure and financial forecasting
Wk2 What’s the market opportunity?
Wk3 What’s your value proposition?
Wk4 How can you test it?
Wk5 What’s your business model?
Wk6 How will you attract customers?
Wk7 How will you win customers?
Wk8 How can you build an awesome team?
Wk9 What are your key metrics and drivers?
Wk10 What’s your investor proposition?
Wk11 How will you tell your story?
Wk12 Investor pitching session

Session

Time Session
6.00pm - 6.30pm Show and tell session
6.30pm - 7.30pm Expert speaker talk
7.30pm - 8.00pm Special guest practitioner
8.00pm - 9.00pm Practical exercise and homework

Key benefits

  • Pitch your idea to active angel investors at the end of the programme
  • Benefit from 12 three-hour sessions delivered by expert speakers and special guest entrepreneurs
  • Receive help from a dedicated business mentor for the duration of the programme
  • Peer group feedback – work with like-minded entrepreneurs and get multiple perspectives on your own business idea and challenges
  • Your very own programme study pack
  • Access to expert financial and legal mentors
  • Become a member of the FAB Accelerator alumni community

Key people

The FAB Three

Gary Frank

Gary Frank

Gary founded the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys and grew it to become the biggest independent brand in cake, employing 120 with sales of £17M.

Since “retiring” a few years ago, Gary has mentored and invested in numerous start-ups and SME’s: I’m delighted to be involved with the FAB Accelerator because I wish there had been one around when I started my business!”

Heather Garrick

Heather Garrick

Heather has over 15 years of experience running experientail education programs around the world -- from the U.S. to Australia, Canada, London and now Oxford.  With a background in education, consulting and environmental management, Heather works with universities and non-profit organisations to design Leadership, Technology and Innovation workshops centred around global sustainable development themes.

Most recently, Heather founded an Oxford tech start up, called Spyre Labs.  Spyre is creating a global movement to connect postgraduates and postdocs from top univierisities with Sceince, tech and sustainable development businesses. Spyre is a digital platform that matches smart people with smart businesses to complete flexible freelance/consulting projects, internships and permanent positions.  More than a matching site, Spyre also trains and mentors postgrads and postdocs to help them transition into the commercial world, quickly.

Ben Mumby-Croft

Ben Mumby-Croft

Ben is an experienced marketer and enterprise educator with a passion for helping young (and not so young) entrepreneurs turn great ideas into successful start-ups.

Currently with a day job at Oxford-based creative agency One Ltd, Ben has previously set-up business plan and startup competitions for the University of Oxford, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) and City University London, where he was Head of Entrepreneurship Education, and also co-founded the FFWD pre-accelerator programme: “It’s always amazed me that no one has started a FAB in Oxford before, the region is stuffed full of entrepreneurial talent and it’s about time it had more support from programme’s like this.”

Speakers

Charley Darbishire

Charley Darbishire

Charley Darbishire is the founder and MD of Educake, the award-winning science learning technology provider, used by hundreds of thousands of teachers and students for science homework and revision.

After studying Experimental Psychology at Oxford, Charley went on to write and design many of the UK's best-selling revision guides for CGP. He then worked closely with science teachers to create Educake, teaching himself programming on the way to develop it. 

Students have answered tens of millions of questions on Educake, improving their scientific knowledge and GCSE grades

Darshan Sanghrajka

Darshan Sanghrajka

Darshan is the founder and CEO of Super Being, a startup that uses entrepreneurial thinking and product design to tackle big hairy problems.

Super Being's clients include names like Oxfam, Breast Cancer Care, The Cabinet Office, Telefonica and even themselves - they won a place on the Wayra Startup Accelerator programme in 2015 to develop their own digital platform called State of Ambition to support young people and, following on from this, are now publishing a book to help bring about true equality in the world called Being ManKind

Outside of work, Darshan is on the advisory board for the Sporting Memories Foundation (a national dementia charity), the British Council's Entrepreneurial Africa Programme and has recently been appointed to the NSPCC Digital Taskforce to help tackle the multiple challenges around supporting young people.

 

Ekaterina Damer

Ekaterina Damer

Katia is trained in experimental psychology (BA, MPhil) and is currently completing her PhD, where she explores how meeting diverse people affects problem solving. In the first year of her PhD, she has co-founded Prolific, a crowdsourcing platform tailored for scientific research, and helped grow it to £750k in sales. After her PhD, she will pursue Prolific full-time, with the goal to make it the go-to crowdsourcing platform for academics and startups.

Eric Murphy

Eric Murphy

Eric is founder and chief enthusiast at Inbound Marketing specialists BabelQuest. Having spent years solving ‘mountains of other people's problems' for M&S, Fujitsu, GE and Avnet, he decided to go and learn from some of his own mistakes instead.
His first bit of advice? Don't spend money on marketing until you know what your buyers want. There is so much great information freely available to you, you just need to ask the right questions.
Winner of HubSpot's Grand Prize for Sales Enablement in 2016, BabelQuest help growing businesses get a massive impact in a short space of time.

Essa Saulat

Essa Saulat

Essa is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Esplorio, which helps people easily record and share their travels. Since launch, Esplorio has been featured on publications such as TechCrunch, Mashable, The Guardian, Huffington Post and Wired. Essa's goal in life is to travel and eat every type of cheese in the world.

Joe Faulkner-Edwards

Joe Faulkner-Edwards

Joe is the Founder of Whey Forward Health Industries Ltd and creator of Promixx, an innovative blending device for mixing nutritional products that has sold over 300,000 units to date. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, where he raised £50,000, Joe has spearheaded significant year on year growth, becoming profitable in year 1 and with projected 2016 revenues of over £2.5 million. 

Joe has recently moved to New York to exploit the larger market potential of the USA. He continues to manage a team of 8 people at the company headquarters in Cardiff, UK. 

Lijo Jose

Lijo Jose

Lijo is Co-Founder at ChewyMoon, a kids’ snack box specialist. An expectant father, he is on a mission to change the ways kids eat by making snacking healthy and fun. He cut his teeth in banking for over 10 years before venturing into the world of entrepreneurship. His first venture was in industrial Rubber, where he achieved a six-figure turnover in the launch year. He flunked twice at school and would have dropped out if it wasn't for fear of his ex-military dad.

Mariana Morris

Mariana Morris

Mariana Morris is an independent User Experience Design Consultant helping companies and startups bring their ideas to life and improve the user experience of their products. She also provides training and coaching to product teams and executives.
 
She co-founded the popular monthly event UX Oxford, is a regular visiting lecturer at several universities (including the University of Reading and the University of the Arts London – Chelsea) and is a regular conference speaker. Mariana has over 13 years of industry experience, holds a Masters in Interactive Media and a Bachelors in Industrial Design (Visual Communication).

Ollie Purdue

Ollie Purdue

Ollie is the CEO & founder of Loot, a new challenger bank for millennials.

Loot is a bank account which keeps track of your spends so you don’t have to; helping you spend, budget and save more effectively.

Ollie started the company straight out of University in 2014 and has grown it to a team of 20. To date Loot has raised over £1.5 million to build its banking products and is looking to launch its second generation banking product towards the end of 2016.

Pat Starke (dual purpose! Speaker and Mentor)

Pat Starke (dual purpose! Speaker and Mentor)

Pat is a creative with 30 years experience, working for national and international brands in London, Australia and now based in The West Country. Pat specialises in brand strategy, branded packaging, point of sale and digital but his heart still belongs to packaging!

Having worked on huge brands and in many different types of design agency Pat has picked up a wealth of experience in design and the business of launching, maintaining and extending brands. Over the last 10 years Pat has channeled this knowledge as best he could into helping start ups which he considers to be the most exciting part of any brand journey.

Pat is all about creativity - the big idea, creating exciting and challenging  brands from out of nowhere. This happens less and less in the world of big design agencies so to salve his frustration Pat set up his own agency 18 month ago and hasn’t looked back

Paul Essery

Paul Essery

Paul is currently the MD of a small digital technology business with a focus on ‘The Internet of Things’.  He is a serial entrepreneur who has learned from both successes and failures.  
He has previously held a number of non-executive roles and is an active investor with a small portfolio of equity stakes in AIM listed companies.  
Paul holds an MSc in Strategy and Resource Management and has a particular interest in the role that innovation plays in creating competitive advantage.        
In his spare time he is a keen cyclist, an active mountaineer and has been fortunate to have travelled widely.       

Renée Watson

Renée Watson

I was born about 100 years too late for my dream job as an explorer but then, at about 6, I discovered science and realised it was basically the same thing. It was probably this start in life that set me on my mission to make science real and relevant to as many people as possible. Whilst studying Biochemistry I set up a museum of body parts in my local mortuary for the public to visit. It was hugely popular and gave me my first insight into the power of science as a tool for inspiring people to be curious about life and the world. Since then I have helped set up a malaria and cancer research network, founded WATS.ON, a science engagement company, and most recently started, The Curiosity Box, the box that makes science fun for families.

Roy Azoulay

Roy Azoulay

Roy heads Oxford University’s startup incubator. Since establishing the incubator in late 2010, it has taken in close to 60 ventures, took roughly half of those through to incorporation, and has seen 15 alumni ventures raise over $40M to date. He also supports commercialisation of university research in a wide range of software related areas. Roy has previous experience running an R&D team for  Israeli software startup Sansa Security (acquired by ARM), and holds BSc degrees in Physics & Computer Science and an MBA from Oxford University.

Roy Carlisle

Roy Carlisle

Our specialist in sales:

  • A Senior, Experienced & Successful Commercial Leader with 30 years+ UK & International, General Management / Director experience within Big and Small Pharma, Biotech, Generic Companies, Advertising Agencies & Business Start Ups plus Consultancy including with Growth Accelerator

  • Skills include General Management, Strategic / Operational Marketing plus Marketing at Global & Local Affiliate levels, Senior Sales Leadership, expertise in Leadership / Functional Competencies, managing Internal company /External customer workshops & Advisory Boards, Organisational Leadership & Management Development facilitation & Market Research into customer attitudes. Specifically, has conducted over 95 Training / Customer Workshops in the last 3 years

  • As a leading Industry Consultant, has been involved in managing many Global & Affiliate Marketing & Market Access Stakeholder Engagement Projects plus importantly, in producing recommendations to enable the best possible strategic business decision-making, actionable plans & commercial success

  •  Also in demand as a Marketing Speaker at Industry Conferences & Seminars, including the Market Research BHBIA Conference & PharmaTimes Meetings plus as a Judge at Marketer, Business Manager of the Year & the Sales Awards

  • Has an MBA & BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, the CIM Diploma in Marketing, a Post Grad Diploma in Marketing with Commendation from the University of Ulster, plus is a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Ethical Medicines Industry Group & the Pharmaceutical Marketing Society

Timon Colegrove

Timon Colegrove

Timon Colegrove

Business Innovator and CEO

Hmmm….where to start? School flunk, an Inbetweener, music shop man, wannabe musician, Electronic Dream Plant employee, paper-clip seller, baked bean salesman, Selfridges food porter, trainee printer followed by 34 years taking a business from £100k pa to £6m pa. Massive disasters along the journey and many cringe-worthy mistakes whilst stewarding a classic printing company through the computer, Internet, digital and mobile revolution: Three decades of technological mayhem which decimated the traditional industry of print. The pendulum swings back and we are now in “The Renaissance of Print” seeing exponential growth as the medium of print is used to cut through the chaotic noise of the Internet – who’d have thought it? Now a multi-award winning SME dealing with national and international clients and brands, Hunts is in the business of creating stand-out and differentiation for itself and it’s clients.
After “playing a role” for the best part of 25 years working at Hunts, Timon continues the journey into the world of grown-ups having chaired the Institute of Directors, Oxfordshire, for the past three years, sharing his thoughts on leadership at Brooks University, The Said Business School, Oxford and a plethora of conferences and business groups. Intrigued by the attitude of customer-centricity, servant leadership, emotional intelligent leadership and colleague empowerment, his passion for the transformation of “old hierarchical business culture” leaders with all their knowledge and experience into todays modern-day leader is extreme – it is the opportunity of this transformation that makes our business future so wild.

Tom Britton

Tom Britton

Born in Los Angeles, Tom moved to the UK to play football and after three fairly successful years realised it was time to focus on his non-sporting career.  Before joining SyndicateRoom as a co-founder Tom worked in product development on a number of software-based projects including managing the development of the mobile applications for TheTrainline. 

Tom completed his MBA at Cambridge where he focused on developing start-ups and has taken a keen interest in ventures focused on helping other start-ups.  Tom leads SyndicateRoom's website development team though his skills and experience ensure that he does a lot more than just that.  In his spare time Tom volunteers for Camp Footprints, rock climbs, and still plays the odd five aside game.

Mentors

Adam Laird

Adam Laird

Adam started his entrepreneurial career by co-founding, growing and selling an online publishing company, Magicalia. He is now a partner at Devonshire Media, which has created and runs businesses in software, online media and digital services."

Chris Stuart

Chris Stuart

Chris worked in banking and investment management for over 30 years, the bulk of which was spent running Sales businesses for US and European investment banks.

The final 8 years of his City career were spent in the alternative investments sector – specifically, working for a well-known systematic Hedge Fund as Director of its European Distribution.

Since early 2016, Chris has been helping (and conspiring to lose lots of money in) a start-up fashion brand. Through this he has gained a lot of valuable – if very expensive – small business lessons… 

Chris is an Oxford graduate and linguist. 

Darryl Mattocks

Darryl Mattocks

Darryl is one of the pioneers of the internet and a serial entrepreneur in the sector. He founded the Internet Bookshop in 1992, the first commercial internet site in the UK and one of the first 5 commercial web sites in the world. He grew it to become the largest online bookseller in Europe before selling it to WH Smith for £10m in 1998. He went on to found Travelstore, an online travel business travel management company, which he grew to a staff base of 270 and a turnover of £27m per annum. Since then he founded Bye Bye Standby, a businesses concentrating on delivering energy saving solutions into the home which sold over 1 million units and Enistic which develops systems that help organisations reduce their energy demand and comply with energy related legislation.

 Darryl is active in the investment world, has often spoken on the international conference circuit and has helped many internet companies get through the early stages of their existence. He has lead the fundraising of over £47 m in external fundraising for various companies and has considerable first hand experience of the private equity and venture capital environments including the processes involved with mergers, acquisitions and taking companies public. 

 He has sat on over 30 company boards ranging from “one man bands” through to fully listed companies and has a good understanding of company and board level operations and dynamics.

Guy Windsor-Lewis

Guy Windsor-Lewis

Guy started Locale in 2005 from his kitchen table and has grown the business over the last 10 years to be the largest and most innovative entity in the world of property communications and management systems, working with the largest developers and agencies and some of the UKs most iconic developments including The Shard. He now employs around 18 people and spends his time between the office in Oxford, meeting up with clients in London and juggling life around business and his four teenage children.

Jim Moodie

Jim Moodie

Jim has an extensive background in software startups. He was involved in uSwitch during its sale to Scripps for £210M in 2006.  The same year, he founded BPM logic, a London-based software company that counted lastminute.com and MOO among its clients.
 
Now he helps people with building effective software teams, technology strategy, product management, project management and applying Lean and Agile methods to software projects and organisations. He is especially interested in startups and companies involved in innovation and high growth.
 
Most in Oxford will know him as the main organiser of Oxford Startups meetup, a community for the startup scene in Oxford. Its mildly anarchic events help people across Oxford’s cluster connect via various initiatives, including their popular demo events that showcase local startups.
 
“Oxford has a unique combination of talent, quality of life, access to London capital, world class research and science that can lead to world changing collaborations and startups.”
 

Julia Iball

Julia Iball

Julia had a 25 year career in the law, eventually becoming the managing partner of her firm, and developing her business skills alongside her professional work.  Having seen the firm almost double in turnover, she then decided to use her business experience working as a coach with owner managed businesses.  

While working as a coach, she was also involved with Young Enterprise in Oxfordshire, supporting students as they set up and run their own businesses.  Julia is also the current Chair of the Institute of Directors in Oxfordshire.  Her drive to help people continues, as she is now working with the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, looking at philanthropy and partnership.

Julian Jantke

Julian Jantke

Julian has a BA in Economics and Mathematics and an MSc in IHRM and worked in an international business environment before he started his own start ups. Over the last 5 years he successfully co-founded software and hardware tech start ups and his expertise is in IP, business strategy, fund-raising, operations and early customer acquisition
 

James Murray

James Murray

James has successfully exited two ventures in the Retail and B2B sectors. He was the founding Curator at the Oxford Launchpad, the coworking and development space for new ventures emerging from the University of Oxford.

He has extensive experience in business startup and entrepreneurship skills development from working with hundreds of startups during his time at 3 leading UK university entrepreneurship centres. James is currently a freelance business development consultant and works with BioCarbon Engineering, a drone company planting a billion trees a year.

Michael Joerin

Michael Joerin

Michael has 30 years of international sales & sales management experience predominately within the IT sector. The past 7 years have been within the online world of e-commerce where Michael held positions such as Vice President Sales, EMEA at Digital River & General Manager EMEA for an Israeli VC funded start-up, Namogoo. Michael also served at various senior management roles at Brandpath reporting to Peter Jones CBE, Fujitsu & Intergraph. In 1995 Michael founded his own IT services business which he grew to several million before successfully exiting in 2002. Michael acts as a consultant for a number of IT businesses and this year launched a Property Consultancy with his wife serving the Oxfordshire & Berkshire areas. 

Michal Wozny

Michal Wozny

"Michal has worked in the start-up environment going on 9 years, filling the roles of Chief Engineer, VP of Engineering and recently moving to a CFO position.  With his background in mechanical engineer and his MBA, he has developed new products, taken them to market and supported products post point of sale.  He is very familiar with managing and executing the various stages of product life cycle, as well as building and managing the appropriate supply chain."

Mike Jennings

Mike Jennings

Mike qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982 and soon realised that he was not cut out to be a professional. He worked for a couple of local Oxford businesses for a few years before being invited to run the family commercial property business, in Chalgrove, which specialises in providing premises for small businesses. 
Mike also became a volunteer advisor for the local Enterprise Agency in Oxford, the Thames Business Advice Centre, where he helped many hundreds of small business owners.
Mike runs his own business with a clear understanding of the Purpose of the business, and with a clear set of behavioural values which put relationships at the heart of the business. 
Mike also runs Jennings Business Mentors which is based in Oxfordshire.

 

Omair Babar

Omair Babar

"I’m a Director for Yell Design, a digital agency focused on 2 and 3 dimensional design. In this role I lead the company’s marketing efforts, overseeing a team of design and sales professionals and managing the annual spend. I’m truly passionate about design and always eager to connect with people from the industry and beyond. While I enjoy all aspects of my work, I think my favourite stage of a project is working with the client or business unit leader to understand his or her business objectives. As we go through that collaborative process, the ideas start to flow and that’s always the fun part.
Over the last few years I have cofounded a couple of successful startups and most importantly worked with a number of exciting ones helping them develop their design language and their brand. I look forward to working with the teams in Fab accelerator and taking them to the next level and beyond."

Phil Shadbolt, OBE

Phil Shadbolt, OBE

Phil Shadbolt, co-founder of Zeta, has managed the company since its inception in January 1989. Phil is a highly competent entrepreneur and innovator with the ability to identify customer requirements and match this to a commercially viable solution. Phil has grown the team to enable Zeta's planned growth and is determined to drive the business to meet the high development aspirations.

Phil is committed to pushing the boundaries of R&D by continually developing new innovative solutions within the lighting industry. He is part of several local enterprises including Bicester Vision and the LEP, and is also a Governor at Oxford Brookes University.

Phillip Greenfield

Phillip Greenfield

Phillip is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA from Cranfield, he has had a varied career in Finance, Marketing, Sales, Operations and General Management which led to a CEO role in a quoted business. 

Several times Phillip had the itch to strike out on his own but in wasn't until 2000 that he actually took the plunge and wondered why he hadn't done so earlier.

Since that time he has founded or invested in several businesses and working with various Private Equity partners he has created huge shareholder value as they have developed.

He is currently CEO of the business he founded in 2007 which has grown quickly from a pure start-up to an enterprise value of £200m, employing 600+ people and is on the road to an IPO in the next few years.

Placi Espejo

Placi Espejo

From being involved in running the family business since an early age to, getting start-ups ready for investment, Placi certainly loves the buzz of making a difference by supporting entrepreneurship.

She is a bit of a presentation guru, an experienced mentor with Oxford Entrepreneurs and the Deputy Chairman for Oxfordshire Business First and definitely enjoys networking….some could say too much

Professor Roger Mumby-Croft

Professor Roger Mumby-Croft

Roger is a recognised authority in Entrepreneurship, having held Professorships in Enterprise Development at Warwick University Business School and in International Management Practice for the Lord Ashcroft Business School, Anglia Ruskin University.

Currently the founder and Managing Director of Oxford Business Education, Roger works with startups, established companies and universities to help them adapt and stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Board member of the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) Enterprise Network, and non-executive Director of a number of companies. 

Rob Nicoll

Rob Nicoll

I started off life as an Ecologist and specialised in water quality. After several years working for large international businesses I decided that a more 'agile' future was in order and I started my first business as a consultant in March 1998. So I am technically the founder of Zeta Compliance Group plc which brings together industry experts & cloud technology, to ensure the intelligent management of workplaces.
Currently I am the Chief Commercial Officer of Zeta Services (a subsidiary of ZCG plc), a specialist consultancy working in the areas of air and water hygiene and fire management. Whilst also on the main board of ZCG plc.
I am also the Chairman of ZetaSafe Ltd the first cloud based asset management and compliance software in the world. Protecting people and assets since 2003. Operating across the globe with offices in the UK and USA.
Over the last 18 years I have raised over a £1m in investment in the businesses that I operate, floated and delisted Zeta Group on one of London's stock exchanges. Additionally I have worked in the USA and established a UK beachhead in this important world market.
On a personal level I am the Chair of the Somerville Foundation, supporting young people and adults born with a heart condition across the UK.
The Somerville Foundation works with patients born with a heart condition (congenital), providing practical and emotional support, and enabling them to take control of their lives and manage their own heart condition. Thanks to advancements in medical treatment, today more and more people born with heart conditions are living long, full and happy lives.
If you want to learn more about my business / charitable work or seek advice about starting your own business then my virtual door is always open. Find me on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Building successful organisations is one of the most rewarding things anyone can do and I am sure you can do it as well as the next man or woman. You just need to know where to start...

Rupert Wilkinson

Rupert Wilkinson

Rupert Wilkinson is the founder of Oxford Product Design, taking all types of product from the idea stage through to being available to buy in the market. 

Working with clients ranging from global household names through to startup entrepreneurs developing Kickstarter campaigns, no one day is ever the same for Rupert. His personal sweet spot is handheld electronics devices, but he’s experienced in everything from everyday consumer products to highly technical robotic medical devices. 

Being a bit of a geek when It comes to new technologies, Rupert has recently invested in state of the art 3D Printer, and launched Oxford Rapid Prototyping, a new arm of his existing business. 

Sandy Arbuthnot

Sandy Arbuthnot

Sandy is an engineer by training. He has run several manufacturing and logistics businesses, and has considerable experience in high growth companies and acquisitions. Oxfordshire based, he is also an active angel investor

Simon Lacey

Simon Lacey

Simon is the founder of Idea To Shelf Ltd, a consultancy specialising in helping small to medium food & drinks businesses with great idea grow.

From strategic planning to building powerful trade presentations, negotiating with suppliers to market implementation – whatever it takes. 

Simon has over 20 years experience in FMCG, working in various Sales & Marketing positions from large FMCG Blue Chips (such as Colgate & UB) to fast growing premium businesses such as Kettle Chips (Controller & NPD and at Plum Baby (Sales Director) for three years, where he helped manage to a £10m exit. More recently Simon spent 3.5 years as Commercial Director for Lily’s Kitchen – a step-change brand in the Pet food Category now ca £15m TO in Year 5.

He currently combines working as a Specialist Consultant with his role as a Co-founder of Grocery Accelerator, which helps to coach, connect, raise investment for and launch the UK’s best new FMCG talent.  
Stephen Barnett

Stephen Barnett

Stephen is an ex-teacher, ex-banker and current entrepreneur! Having spent a number of years working 70 hour weeks in London and New York Stephen realised that his passion lay outside of large corporates, so he quit (the best thing he ever did!) to start his own thing.

Stephen is the founder of Catalyst Founders, who look to find the next generation of entrepreneurs, providing them with access to capital, a startup ‘toolkit’ and a ready made network.  Stephen is also a partner at Openwell and is in the process of setting up a Social Impact fund. Finally, Stephen recently opened Oxford’s newest (and best) shared workspace; Openworks Oxford. 
 

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SGConnex

SGConnex

SGConnex is an accountancy service that enables clients to tailor their own packages of services to suit their business requirements. The prices are simple, fixed and affordable, and in using Xero software, clients can access and manage their accounts online, at a time that suits them. 

SGConnex is part of the wider Shaw Gibbs group of leading accountants based in Oxford and London. Shaw Gibbs’ team of talented professionals are capable of meeting all accountancy, tax and financial requirements for their long standing clients, which range from successful individuals to large corporates.

Shaw Gibbs

Shaw Gibbs

SGConnex is part of the wider Shaw Gibbs group of leading accountants based in Oxford and London. Shaw Gibbs’ team of talented professionals are capable of meeting all accountancy, tax and financial requirements for their long standing clients, which range from successful individuals to large corporates.

Knights Professional Services

Knights Professional Services

Knights Professional Services, the leading regional professional services business.
 
Changing the way in which legal and professional services are delivered in the UK is our passion.
 
Knights is one of the UK’s top-70 law firms and employs more than 375 professionals across six locations. Knights was founded in 1759 in Staffordshire. Its head office is in Newcastle-under-Lyme with further offices in Oxford, Cheltenham, Derby, Chester and Hale. Knights is the first professional services firm in the UK to have attracted private equity investment giving our business sufficient capital, and a management structure, to make commercial decisions quickly in the interests of our clients and the business as a whole.

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Catalyst Founders

Catalyst Founders

Catalyst Founders supports and invests in the best young entrepreneurial talent from across the country. We look for innate entrepreneurial acumen and believe that school and university leavers have the potential to become successful business leaders. We are passionate about the talent that exists across the country, across all sectors (not necessarily technology!). We invest in and support (through mentoring, network opportunities and relevant product provision) young founders that have innate entrepreneurial passion and are focusing on a solving a real problem, faced by peers and wider audiences alike. Catalyst Founders is based in Oxford and is run by Stephen Barnett, a twenty something founder with a passion for supporting great young talent. 

Enterprising Oxford

Enterprising Oxford

With a strong emphasis on building connections, Enterprising Oxford pulls together and clearly signposts to university and community stakeholders and resources in Oxfordshire, with the aim of showing users that entrepreneurship can be for anyone. EO is being developed at the University of Oxford as a way of promoting and supporting entrepreneurial thinking and skills, and to help users explore entrepreneurship opportunities both in the university and community.

HubSpot

HubSpot

FAB Accelerator/HubSpot Partnership

 
FAB Accelerator is thrilled to announce the launch of its partnership with HubSpot for Start-ups. In our continued effort to provide founders with the essential tools for their success, we are now able to offer HubSpot’s Marketing and Sales software at a 90% scholarship for the first year -- an average savings of £13,300!  HubSpot is the leader in inbound marketing and sales, and its world-renowned CRM, Sales, and Marketing toolset can now be leveraged by our current start-ups and alumni to grow.  Of course you have to be a FABicorn to take advantage of this offer.


90% Scholarship on HubSpot's Growth Stack Software (CRM, Sales, and Marketing)

HubSpot is a software platform to help you generate leads, close deals, and manage your pipeline. HubSpot offers a growth stack of products for customer relationship management, marketing, and sales: powerful alone, and even better when used together. HubSpot’s free CRM aligns sales and marketing with ease, HubSpot Marketing helps you grow your traffic and convert more visitors into customers, and HubSpot Sales helps you skyrocket your productivity and close more leads with less work.

Listed below are the packages for HubSpot for Startups eligible companies:

Growth Package (starting at $80/mo):

The Growth Package is for startups that are ready to scale their business. This package will help you increase traffic, generate and track leads, automate marketing, and prove ROI. Features include SEO, landing pages, dynamic forms, email marketing automation, robust analytics, lead scoring,  deep lead intelligence, and more. Together, these features help you to acquire customers, faster. The Growth Package includes a 90% scholarship in the first 12 months, and a 50% scholarship in the next 12 months (on the marketing product).

The Growth Package includes:

Average savings: $17,000

Click this link to apply for the growth package

Starter Package (starting at $5/mo):

The Starter Package is for startups not yet ready for HubSpot’s Professional or Enterprise plans, but are looking to generate and track leads and monitor their activity in one place. Sync your existing website forms and set up new lead capture forms on your website in minutes and see what pages your leads are visiting to help sell and market better, faster. The Starter Package includes a 90% scholarship for the first 12 months.

The Starter Package includes:

Average savings: $1,800

Click this link to apply for the Starter Package

Eligibility Requirements

  • is currently in or has been part of an approved partner incubator, accelerator, or VC startup program
  • less than $1 million in funding
  • less than $1 million in lifetime revenue
  • Not a HubSpot customer
  • Not a marketing agency

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Hunts Lithoprint Ltd

Hunts Lithoprint Ltd

Taking best-in-class print into the digital world. Inspiring, creative design of unrivalled quality. All prepared with great care and commitment to our relationship with you

InEn

InEn

We're delighted to be partenring with InEn.

InEn is an Online Investment Platform.  InEn creates an on-line experience for investors and entrepreneurs more in tune with what happens in real life with a focus on building trust and relationships. The InEn Club is for experienced, ethical and passionate investors, dedicated entrepreneurs and expert advisers.  We are a virtual incubator / online accelerator. Bottom line, we help investors group together to find investment opportunities and we help entrepreneurs get funded with a little extra help along the way.
https://www.inen.global/

Oxford Entrepreneurs

Oxford Entrepreneurs

Oxford Entrepreneurs is the largest student run entrepreneurship society in Europe and works to inspire, educate and support all things entrepreneurship in Oxford. This is achieved through a number of events including international conferences, trips to Silicon Valley, Australia and East Asia, international hackathons, workshops, and speaker events. However, Oxford Entrepreneurs is more than a society. Oxford Entrepreneurs represents a community of like-minded people passionate about innovating and making a difference. Check us out and get your free membership at www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk

Oxford Innovation

Oxford Innovation

Oxford Innovation is the leading provider of support to high growth and innovative companies in the South.
 
We manage a network of 24 Innovation Centres, provide practical coaching and advice to businesses to scale-up, and connect innovative companies with equity and debt finance. Our team of 50 high growth experts are passionate about enabling ambitious businesses achieve their full potential.

Oxfordshire Business First

Oxfordshire Business First


Oxfordshire Business First is a not for profit company bringing together the best business people in Oxfordshire. We primarily focus on the following issues: promoting entrepreneurship, facilitating business innovation, campaigning for 21st century infrastructure (broadband/mobile/convergent technologies) and sharing of best practice.
We work best by connecting people and sharing information. Our network is diverse and extensive with members drawn from Oxfordshire businesses that have been involved in events or are interested in learning from their peers. They benefit from attending events and working on joint projects. Its networking, but not as you know it! 

Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS)

Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS)

(OBS) Oxfordshire Business Support is the Growth Hub for Oxfordshire. Our aim is to simplify the business support landscape and help individuals and businesses to easily connect to the plethora of business support that is often available - but not easily located. If you are looking to start, run or grow your business we can help by signposting you to sources of training, funding, and opportunities to network with other Oxfordshire based businesses. 

Oxfordshire Soup

Oxfordshire Soup

The elegance of Oxfordshire SOUP is in its simplicity.
With a reduction in government funding and grants available for small businesses, Oxfordshire Soup aims to fill a gap in this area in the county. Through Live crowdfunding meets Dragons Den SOUP enables communities to disrupt the status quo and raise small scale investment for new businesses or ideas they collectively vote for. 
As well as delivering a unique support pathway for business enabling them to develop sustainable growth, Oxfordshire SOUP serves as a networking event with a purpose.
 
The next event will be be on 19th October at Bicester School. 

Tech City UK

Tech City UK

Tech City UK

We believe the UK is the best place to start and grow a digital business. Through dedicated programmes, we support the digital technology sector’s need for skills, infrastructure, and investment. 

We gather and share vital information, which informs policymakers. We give digital entrepreneurs a national and local voice. Our work accelerates the growth of digital businesses, in London and across the UK, at all stages of their development. 


You can see our work in action with Future Fifty, Digital Business Academy, Tech Nation, Tech North, Upscale, Tech Nation Alliance, Tech Nation Visa Scheme and HQ-UK

We aim to make life better for the digital entrepreneur.

Venturefest

Venturefest

Venturefest provides the premier platform in Oxfordshire for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect with those who have money to invest, skills to mentor and services to support their growth and success

Workspace Oxford

Workspace Oxford

URBANOID WORKSPACE provides high quality, innovative and affordable co-working serviced office space in central Oxford.
They offer dedicated workstations and hot desking, and more for an all-inclusive monthly fee with uniquely flexible terms for a diversity of new and established small businesses and organisations.

FABicorns

9-2-3 Jobs

9-2-3 Jobs

9-2-3 enhances workforces by finding flexible, professional candidates from hard-to-reach sources. Many of our candidates are mothers looking to return to the workplace following a career break, while others are simply seeking flexible work closer to home. We always love speaking to new candidates, as well as businesses looking to employ talented professionals.
www.923jobs.com / Helen@923jobs.com 

AirBliss+

AirBliss+

On the 24th Jan 17 in London, men, women, and children smoked the equivalent of 9 cigarettes. In Beijing, on “Airpocalypse” days, it is even equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes! At AirBliss+®, we believe that there is an opportunity to provide a breakthrough anti-pollution mask to protect and alert populations against the dramatic effects of air pollution.
AirBliss+® develops the most comfortable, elegant, and smart anti-pollution respiratory protection on the market. This revolutionary device reduces the discomfort due to the difficulty of breathing in through the filter. Micro-sensors measure the efficiency of the filter, LED lights and ear-free headphones provide safety. Wearing the AirBliss+® is not an admission of defeat but rather an active protest against the increasing air pollution in large cities. The connected device is part of a large portable air monitoring network. Thus, the crowdsourced air pollution measures are the foundation of real-time and accurate air pollution maps and forecasts. Every wearer becomes a voice against the air pollution that could not be ignored by the decisions makers – make your breathing count by proactively alerting your community!
£100k of SEIS & EIS of investment preferably from an investor who operates in technology or sport. Experienced mentors and board members to join our expert team.

Founder: Adel Arigue, Chief Entrepreneur Officer & co-founder
Contact:    07375 200 291
Website: airblissplus.com

Diverse Minds

Diverse Minds

Enabling organisations to create positively productive workplaces by focussing on wellbeing and cultural capability. Diverse Minds delivers personalised coaching, training and consultancy bringing together themes of leadership, culture, and wellbeing, to realise tangible changes in staff engagement. Diverse Minds is founded by Leyla Okhai, a coach, mediator, inclusion, and wellbeing practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in shifting organisations and individuals to new ways of thinking. Clients include: Imperial College, University of the Arts London, EY, University of London, Student Unions, North East London Foundation Trust.
Mobile: 07716 084 010 

Email: leyla@diverseminds.co.uk
Web: www.facebook.com/DiverseMindsuk
 
Giorgio’s Cucina

Giorgio’s Cucina

Owning or managing any business space today is challenging and keeping down expenses whilst continuing to improve the customer offering is often a thankless task.  At Giorgio’s Cucina, we seek to help establishments by providing fresh, high quality Italian food; our focus is on boil-in-the-bag pasta sauces, which are simple and convenient to heat, require minimal skill from the operator and are easy to store – they can even be frozen. Our products are authentic and delicious; our focus is on excellent quality and seasonal produce. Where possible, we always source our ingredients locally save, of course, for those essential Italian, like pancetta, which we buy direct from our supplier in Italy. Our food contains no added sugar or preservation agents. 

Spyre Labs

Spyre Labs

Spyre introduces a new way to hire the world’s smartest PhD and Masters graduates.  
250,000 students complete postgraduate degrees per year in the UK. Our custom matching platform unlocks the expertise and technical skills of today’s graduates for the business world. 
Oxford businesses: Gain access to the best and brightest talent of the next generation, create an agile work force to deliver bespoke projects or expand their team by recruiting from a pipeline of talented postgraduates with confidence and ease. 
PhD & Masters students (and recent graduates): Are connected with exciting businesses and equipped with the skills and mentorship needed to succeed in the business world.
Spyre is preparing to launch this September 2017! 
                                                                                            
Team: Heather Garrick, Founder & CEO 
Contact: heather@spyrelabs.com  
07592 923165
Website: www.spyrelabs.com 
Twitter/Facebook: @spyreapp
 

Stroom Energy

Stroom Energy

Stroom wants to increase the uptake of small scale hydropower by removing hurdles such as lack of awareness, costly site assessments and a time-consuming supply chain. We will automate site selection for large land areas and match these landowners with the right hydropower technologies. 

We create tailored maps for two types of customers. We provide landowners opportunities to exploit their land in a sustainable way to pay for its upkeep. And we provide hydropower technology suppliers with high volumes of sales leads to scale up their production and drive costs down. 

We are three colleagues at the Satellite Applications Catapult passionate about sustainability! Our expertise is in business modelling, geospatial analysis and user centred design.

Looking for: Contacts with large land owners, experienced mentors and non executive directors with experience in the renewable energy sector

Contact: christophe@stroomenergy.com , anoop@stroomenergy.com , tom@stroomenergy.com 
Website: www.stroomenergy.com 

The Wonky Food Company

The Wonky Food Company

At The Wonky Food Company, we believe in equal rights for all fruit and veg! No matter what size, shape or colour, it’s the taste that counts! From ugly onions to leftover limes, we pack as much imperfect and surplus fruit and veg into our products as we can. 
Our launch range of relishes will be on sale from next month in selected Co-op stores across Oxfordshire, and we have just formed a partnership with a large family farm business that will enable us to expand our product range to include soups, salsas, sauces and smoothies. 

Founders: Ashley Cavers, John Cavers, Laura Snook
Contact: info@wonkyfoodco.com    07596 488518
Website: www.wonkyfoodco.com

Apply

FAB is open to any individual or team with a high growth, entrepreneurial business idea - from tech to retail and anything in-between. High impact social ventures and enterprises are also welcome to apply.

Applications  for FAB4, which starts on 18th September 2017, are now open!!

As we only have limited capacity, the programme team will score and select the best 15 applications (individuals or teams), with a reserve list in case any of the selected teams are unable to participate.

The cost for the full 12-week course is £750 for individual founders with an extra £375 for each additional co-founder. We will take a 6% fee of any funding raised

FAB doesn’t take equity in your business and provides all the support, coaching and business introductions you need for a highly competitive course fee.

Should I apply now?  YES of course!  Any questions - read on!

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If you have any questions or just want to chat about your BIG IDEA then feel free to drop us an email or give us a call!