Programme Details

Cultivate Start

Due to an increased interest in the Cultivate Programme from start up businesses, we are extremely pleased to be offering Cultivate Start. In Autumn 2022 we delivered our first Start programme. The next Cultivate Start will run Autumn 2023.

The Cultivate Programme is fully funded and will run virtually over a six week period. With half day sessions as well as tailored mentoring support, it provides a structured and fast paced programme for businesses wishing bring their Agri-Food or Agri-Tech start up products, processes and services to the next stage in launching a successful, sustainable business. It is open to businesses from across the UK and is delivered by Harper Adams University, the UK’s leading agricultural university, supported by Barclays Eagle Labs. This programme focuses on supporting agri-tech and agri-food companies who are ready to take the next step in their start up business journey, by helping them focus on where to begin, where they are heading and where they want to be. Some of the core sessions include finance, business model canvas, vision & purpose ,sustainability and value proposition.

Cultivate Thrive

Cultivate Thrive (pre-accelerator) will run in spring 2023 for a total of 10 weeks on a Wednesday. Commitment is 10h-16h every week.

This course gives a framework and the space in which companies can revisit and affirm their Vision for the business, and then thoroughly examine and adapt key aspects of the business in preparation for the next stage of growth and development. We aim to cultivate businesses fit to thrive in the 21st Century.  

We build this course around the principles of three models: Triple Chasm, Business Model Canvas, Doughnut Economics. Cultivate is a 10-week programme. Weekly workshops are complemented with subject specific mentoring from week five.

What happens next

You can apply for both programmes via the application page. Please state Start or Thrive, although we may review your application and find it is more suited to one or the other.

We will confirm receipt of your application and then contact you in due course to arrange either a telephone or video conversation. The purpose of a follow on conversation is to learn more about you and your business and to tell you more about the Cultivate Programme.

Throughout the programme all beneficiary companies will have access to mentors to support them in their progress and development.

If you have any questions relating to the programme details please send us a message:

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