A record number of Welsh women entrepreneurs make up the latest cohort of NatWest’s entrepreneur accelerator in Wales.
Sixty-six percent of the cohort, who took-up their places on the programmes last month are women business founders aiming to scale-up their businesses.
They include Caerphilly-based motivational speaker and life coach Zoila Garman who is the founder and director of Zyger Fit.
Zoila, who was previously a software developer and is based in Caerphilly, joined the Accelerator programme to help her work towards her goal of scaling her business further.
“I believe in my business, I’m passionate about helping people and I’m seeing the benefit of getting to know like-minded people who will help me to boost my business to the next level and give me ideas about what the next steps need to be.
“I can already see the difference the Accelerator is making to my business. I can always come to the co-working hub and find somebody who knows something about a topic I’m interested in.”
NatWest’s Wales accelerator is also leading the way when it comes to supporting increasing numbers of black and minority ethnic entrepreneurs. The bank has set a target for at least 20% of places on its UK-wide accelerator programmes to be taken-up by black or minority ethnic entrepreneurs. In this year’s Wales cohort that figure has been surpassed reaching nearly 24%.
Nicholas Powell, Wales Enterprise Acceleration Manager, said:
“Our latest cohort underlines the breadth of entrepreneurial talent that exists in Wales. These businesses are helping fuel the Welsh economy and inspiring new opportunities within our ecosystems.
“Our purpose as a bank is to help entrepreneurs thrive and achieve their potential. It’s therefore hugely encouraging to see so many women entrepreneurs leading the way in Wales as part of our programme. NatWest is working to empower more women and black and minority ethnic entrepreneurs and so it is exciting to be supporting so many pioneering businesses.”
The NatWest Accelerator supports and empowers entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level.
The free programme specialises in wrap around support and provides:
- one-to-one coaching with expert Acceleration Managers
- a programme of thought leadership and events
- access to a network of like-minded peers, supported by NatWest’s Ecosystem Managers
- focused support with access to experts from across each business’ specialism
- and use of modern co-working spaces in one of NatWest’s nationwide hubs including in Cardiff.
For those unable to access one of these hubs a digital accelerator programme is available with all the same support provided.
Participants do not need to give up any equity in their businesses or bank with NatWest to take part in the accelerator.