FUEL 2022

STARTUP - Support, workshops, mentors, space and funding.

With our Intensive 7-Week Graduate Start-Up Program, founders can experience the very best expert led workshops, mentoring and support. Getting you ready to pitch for up to £8000 grant funding.

Launchpad FUEL is a seven-week intensive business start-up programme for Teesside University students, graduates & staff who are in the initial stages of starting a business.  


This brilliant industry-led programme brings together the very best Tees Valley-based business mentors and coaches to deliver each topic of the syllabus that takes founders through all the stages of starting a business.  


At the end of the programme, each business founder will have the opportunity to pitch to the trustees for grant funding. 


At the end of the FUEL programme each company will get: 


  • Dedicated office space for six months at Teesside Launchpad 

  • Expert mentoring and coaching 

  • Business workshops and networking opportunities 


The topics covered during the 7 weeks include:  


  • Lean Methodology - Business Model Canvas, Validation board & Value Proposition Canvas 

  • Market research 

  • Test trading 

  • Presentation skills 

  • Business planning 

  • Marketing 

  • Finance 

  • Sales 

  • Business pitching. 


To apply: create a 2-minute pitch video and a 250-word synopsis telling us what your business idea is and why you think the FUEL programme and funding will help you.  


Upload your video to YouTube and send your link along with your word document to L.Dixon@tees.ac.uk  


In your pitch video you will need to cover: 

  •  Outline of your business idea 

  •  What problem you are solving and for whom  

  • How the FUEL funding would help your business  

  • What you would spend the grant funding on  

  • What your plans are for future growth  

Applications open 30th May and close 15th July 2022

Programme starts on the 1st August 2022

Unsure? Got some questions? No worries just ask. 

Lizzie Dixon l.dixon@tees.ac.uk