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9 Mar 2017

Not just a chance to win £200,000 investment….

There’s just over one week to go until Pitch Day and we’re looking forward to meeting the startups who will be pitching for a place on the Drive with Belron accelerator. In addition to a chance to win investment of up to £200,000, there are lots of benefits and perks on offer.

This year’s programme is bigger and better than before. We’re offering:

  • Mentoring from Belron experts and entrepreneurs
  • Trial your product globally in one of our businesses
  • Sponsored visits to international operations
  • Dedicated desk space in our offices in Egham
  • £200,000 investment fund

In addition to this, startups can benefit from the following perks from our partners L Marks, including Microsoft BizSpark Plus.

Microsoft BizSpark Plus offer:

  • Visual Studio Enterprise subscription for each team member for 3 years.
  • $120K in Azure credits, for startups to use within 2 years.
  • 5 Office 365 accounts.
  • $250 in Bing Ads credits.
  • Technical consultancy:
    • 1:1 deep dive technical discussion with a Microsoft expert which can be used to get advice on the team’s solution’s architecture or get more information on Azure or some other Microsoft tech.
    • Follow up contacts with the same person or other team members if needed.
  • Business development support:
    • Introductions to Microsoft partners or clients.
    • Connections to business angels or other investors that Microsoft work with.
    • Referral to Microsoft Accelerator program.
    • There is also the possibility of being connected to Microsoft’s Product Development Group subject to availability.

Also available is a AWS offer which includes:

  • $10,000 AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years or $100,000 in AWS Promotional Credit for 1 year
  • 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000).
  • Access to the AWS Technical and Business Essentials web-based (or instructor-led) training ($600 value per course)
  • 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value)
  • Access to 1:1 Virtual Office Hours with AWS Solutions Architects
  • Special offers from other companies that help startups, including Chef, Bitnami, SOASTA, Podio by Citrix, CopperEgg, and more
  • AWS Activate Toolbox with offers for Amazon Payments and Amazon Marketplace.