Bridging the Gap is a business innovation programme providing London-based emerging start-ups and SME's with a support ecosystem that opens up the Brunel University London’s knowledge, expertise and networks to help them develop, scale and operate companies. We provide ‘front-end’ support to guide entrepreneurs, helping to progress and develop their ventures rapidly
What we offer...
BtG Online Platform
Our online space for interactive learning and development for entrepreneurs. It hosts expert innovation and entrepreneurship related content that will help develop and drive business ideas forward and offers a collaborative space for entrepreneurs on the programme to connect and collaborate.
We have a programme of key workshops taking place in Central London, under the heading of the “5cs” covering topics such as Digital marketing, IP Essentials, Finance Investment Readiness, Branding and more. The workshops are free to attend and will provide invaluable learning and networking opportunities.
Pitching and Communication
There will be a series of pitching opportunities throughout the programme where our beneficiaries will be encouraged to present their developed proposition for potential investment and to raise their personal and business profile. We also provide an opportunity to explore some of London’s most successful accelerator programmes including Wayra, Techstars and the Central Research Laboratory.
Our programme includes a diverse group of expert professionals, successful entrepreneurs and investor’s acting as programme mentors from a wide range of sectors. This enables sus to support entrepreneurs with mentoring which will add value to their business, identify solutions to business challenge’s and make new and relevant connections to progress their business.
Our collaborative projects offer businesses the chance to work with a final-year undergraduate or post-graduate student on a project brief focused on an SME’s own innovation challenge. The student will work in depth on your project, taking your project from an idea through to a prototype design in a six month timeframe. An academic may personally work on the project if the challenge is of particular interest.
Criteria for Joining
A new business that has been registered at Companies House or HMRC for less than 12 months.
A business locating to London for the first time to start trading.
Final year students at Brunel University London from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.