Direct access to experts in all the areas you need to launch and grow a sustainable business
Accelerate your business growth with this 12-week fully funded programme
Do you want to:
- Accelerate your business?
- Develop skills in business modelling, finance, communications and marketing?
- Explore new revenue streams, cost structures and routes to market?
- Join a wider entrepreneurial and innovative community?
If the answer is yes, then HOST 50 is for you!
HOST 50 provides a unique opportunity to develop skills alongside like-minded entrepreneurs and become part of a supportive and inclusive community.
- 3-months’ HOST Premium Club Membership, valued at £450!
- Access to HOST’s co-working space and meeting rooms
- Community events, including workshops
- Mentorship & access to expert guidance
- A community of like-minded entrepreneurs to learn from and lean on
Applications for the first cohort are now closed, but you can register your interested for future cohorts using the button below.
Join a unique environment that accelerates business growth
HOST 50 is a safe space to test ideas, create powerful enterprises and influence and shape the world through collaboration, community and innovation.
HOST 50 provides an inclusive community of ambitious entrepreneurs with weekly workshops on topics relevant to entrepreneurs and start-ups, community events, mentorship and access to experts in order to accelerator growth.
Do you need further information? Why not browse our FAQs (below) or contact us?
Length of the programme - 12 weeks
Cost - Fully funded with 3-months HOST Premium Membership valued at £150 +VAT per month, which include:
- 6 days per month access to the HOST Co-Creation Space.
- Registered business address and mailing address at HOST.
- 20% discount on venue hire and premium meeting room bookings; IN4.0 Talent services; and additional day passes.
- Innovator entrepreneur membership from TiE UK North.
Fully Funded Support
HOST 50 is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester local authorities.
IN4.0 Group, operators of HOST, is working with GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company to provide fully funded financial support.
The Hub assists businesses at all stages of their growth journey with a broad range of services, including one-to-one and peer-to-peer support, events, specialist programmes and funding
HOST 50 offers you:
An inclusive, welcoming and supportive community that allows you to network, share opportunities and learnings.
A dedicated mentor from our team will work with you to identify the support you need, ensuring you make connections across the HOST community.
Access to best-in-class internet throughout all indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing a seamless experience across MediaCity, the first ‘connected neighbourhood’ in Europe.
The opportunity to work with public sector partners from the Northern Care Alliance, Salford City Council and academic institutions such as the University of Salford, and other businesses from MediaCity.
HOST 50 is a 12-week business accelerator for innovators and entrepreneurs launching and growing sustainable businesses, looking to enhance their digital and technical offerings.
This programme is fully funded and has been developed to create a safe space to test ideas, create powerful enterprises and to influence and shape the world through collaboration, community and innovation. HOST 50 provides weekly workshops on topics relevant to entrepreneurs and start-ups, community events, mentorship and access to experts in order to accelerator growth.
? If you are a business based in the UK, have less than 250 FTE employees, have a turnover of less than £43m or a Balance Sheet less than £37m, and have a registered business address in Greater Manchester (noting this programme comes with the ability to register your business at HOST) you are encouraged to apply. We are specifically interested in those businesses who have the ambition and capacity to innovate and grow and who:
- Are ready to test and build their early-stage business ideas
- Have a desire to develop skills in business modelling, finance, communications and marketing
- Want to explore new revenue streams, cost structures and routes to market
- Are keen to become part of a wider entrepreneurial and innovative community
Applicants must possess a UTR number, or business registration number. We do not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, gender or sexual orientation.
HOST50 is fully funded, and therefore provided at no cost to programme participants. In order to support your business, HOST is working with the Business Growth Hub, where the Business Growth Hub works with local, national and European partners, so that wherever possible, they’re able to offer support that is fully-funded and can be provided at no direct cost to your business. Their funding is provided through a range of organisations and programmes, including the European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF). You will, however, be expected to invest your own time and effort if you’re to benefit from the help available. Our support is publicly-funded and State Aid rules apply, where we operate under the De Minimis scheme and should you receive support, your advisor will explain the State Aid considerations.
To be able to quality for funding your business must be based in the UK, have less than 250 FTE employees, have a turnover of less than £43m or a Balance Sheet less than £37m, and have a registered business address in Greater Manchester (to note: this programme comes with the ability to register your business at HOST).
HOST 50 is run by HOST, IN4.0 Group and its team of Bella Copland (Director of Programmes), Naomi Timperley (HOST Ambassador and entrepreneur herself), Shiraz Anwar (Innovation Programme Manager) and Dale Sidebottom (Partnerships Manager) and more. The mentors and ambassadors are from HOST’s innovation and entrepreneurship community.
No. Whilst HOST 50 is great for new entrepreneurs, we also accept early-stage founders who might be already working on something but are pre-product-market fit or in need of a pivot. Furthermore, this programme will benefit those with a MVP though seeking business growth support, and a wider innovation community / network.
Yes! Some of the most successful businesses originally started as side projects. Some founders worked on their products for years before they became successful enough to go all in. So, you don’t need to quit your job to go through HOST 50, you do, however, need to be available to attend workshops, and focus on metrics and hitting goals during the 12 weeks. You also need to possess a UTR number.
No. We do not sign NDAs in order to receive or review applications. This is a common misconception for founders new to the startup world that their idea is the most valuable part and must not be shared. The reality is most ideas have been thought of before and execution is everything. You will limit yourself greatly if you require NDAs prior to discussing your ideas as most investors, fellow founders, educational providers, and the like will not sign them.
HOST 50 will run between August 16th and November 6th (these dates are subject to minor changes)
HOST 50 will be delivered through both remote/online sessions and in person sessions at HOST. Participants should expect to be in-person at HOST once a week over the course of the programme.
Those accepted onto HOST 50 will benefit from not only the programme, but three months worth of fully-funded Premium Club Membership to HOST.
This membership includes 6 day passes per month to HOST for up to two members of your team, complimentary fair-use of the 6th floor meeting rooms, 7th floor business lounge membership, access to HOST’s Innovation & Business Growth events, and a 20% discount on Innovation Lab services and facilities, Chamber Space venue hire, Skills City Talent Services and additional day passes.
This membership also allows you to use HOST as your registered business address and mailing address.
We want to make sure that you are the right fit for HOST 50, and that the programme will be able to meet your needs. As a result you will not automatically be accepted onto the programme.
When you submit your application our team will be in contact to discuss your eligibility and fit, and discuss your options.
Applications are due by midnight on Wednesday 9th July.
We've joined HOST and with its core focus on education and skills, it just felt like the right place for us to be and we really want to be at the centre of this vibrant ecosystem.