BetaDen has welcomed the first intake of startup technology and digital businesses to its new incubator programme in Worcester.

Delivered in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, BetaDen Incubate will deliver support for up to 60 startup businesses over four intakes from its co-working space at The Kiln.

Participants will benefit from face-to-face workshops on key topics, 1:1 tailored business support from experienced coaches, access to dedicated office space at The Kiln, a programme of specific networking events, support and access to PR opportunities, plus exposure to BetaDen’s partner and alumni network. 

The first 10 businesses winning a place on the incubator are:

Access Support – online platform meeting the increasing need to work remotely, operating in the Disabled Student Allowance sector

B13 AI – AI-powered software to de-risk software development projects

Bid Essentials – Bid Management intranet system for private sector businesses bidding for public sector tenders

Connor Hay – mobile apps and website development service

Doopee Doo – a gamified discovery app to provide new experiences and interactions in the tourism sector

GraftAR – Augmented reality app allowing customers to visualise products in their homes and linking tradespeople to customers 

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LostLamb – technology-led system to reunite parents with children if they wander too far/get lost

Make Life Better – AI tool helping citizens realise benefit and grant entitlements 

Ocius Consulting – software to help organisations manage business change effectively through improved planning, workflow and communication 

Silvflame – a system designed to contain and protect against wildfires caused by natural phenomena and human-induced events

Donston Powell, external affairs director at BetaDen, said: “We’re excited to welcome our first ten businesses to Incubate. 

“The ‘BetaDen Accelerate’ programme has repeatedly proven there is a wealth of entrepreneurial technology talent in our county, and we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of emerging early-stage tech startups in the last year, so we’re excited that we can now bring the benefits of our award-winning programme to young businesses right at the beginning of their commercial journey.”

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