January 2012 call for proposals for accelerator investment
Do you need support and investment to realise the aspirations for your technology business? Are you prepared to ‘go for growth’ despite the prevailing economic gloom? We’re convinced that 2012 is the time for entrepreneurs to get into gear. Following completion of our first set of deals, we are seeking promising prospects to work with ambitious teams.
Qi3 Accelerator is led by investors Nathan Hill, Paul Anson and Tim de Vere Green with programme management from Alex Cubitt. We have so far met over 300 companies from the High Value Manufacturing sector, applying a rigorous process to evaluate opportunities. We have taken over 55 companies through our staged evaluation process, providing coaching and feedback along the way. We have now completed several investments, with more to be completed in early 2012.
Qi3 Accelerator is suitable for entrepreneurs who know that they need expert and enthusiastic input from our commercial and engineering teams in addition to financial capital. Support is offered to companies in a mixture of cash (money) and business development / technical expertise (sweat).
We are looking to work with two types of business:
Accelerate to Market
We work with new technology businesses where we can see the route through product development to first sales and strategic alliances. We are able to provide support for business development, project management and company strategy, acting in an executive or non-executive role. We have extensive contacts within organisations seeking novel technologies. Our focus is on building the value of the business as it reaches the critical stage of first revenue.
Accelerate to Growth
We support companies with established sales who see the opportunity for a step change in growth rate. This change is effected through strategic positioning, energising the business for growth, delivering additional management and sales / marketing resources and provision of expansion finance if required. Our focus is on helping the business to accelerate its growth in a manageable way to enhance shareholder value.Our market domains are primarily High Value Manufacturing, including sustainability (environmental and clean technologies), security, detection, instrumentation, healthcare and associated software. We will consider other areas where we can add value. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a clear vision, a strong team, and technology or product at a satisfactory level of readiness.
Qi3 Accelerator has also been selected as a Partner for the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator Funding Programme, which is delivered by Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing. This project is all about developing an improved investment climate for High Value Manufacturing businesses. We are supporting numerous entrepreneurs in understanding the gaps in their propositions and assisting them in becoming investment ready. Through this programme we are committed to developing better models for early stage investment, and to providing clear, honest feedback along the way.
If your business seeks acceleration to growth or market, please contact Nathan Hill or call 01223 422404 for a confidential discussion. A simple, non-confidential introduction to your proposition by email is the best way to get the ball rolling.