Things have been busy here at Grocery Accelerator. Thank you to the 120 businesses that applied for our first funding and mentoring programme. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and the quality and quantity of the applications.
Well after much debate, we are delighted to confirm the shortlist of 15 candidates to take forward to the final stage.
Each of these 15 have been informed in the last 24 hours. Categories range from teabags to softdrinks, confectionary to baking products. There is an exciting selection and each of the candidate businesses are very different. We are not revealing the names of the finalists at this stage.
The next part of the process is the submission of the business plan and due diligence. It’s then about pitching at the trade fair/Finalist day scheduled for Friday 27th March.
For those of you that were not successful on this occasion, can we take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your interest. The competition for the first Grocery Accelerator was very tough. Subject to confirmation, we are hoping to be in a position to run a second cohort later in the year. Stay in touch. We will also be running separate courses, business mentoring and opportunities for business coaching going forward.
To our finalists. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on getting to the final stage. Things will move fast. We hope to be able to announce the winners on Monday 30th March.
Thanks again for your interest.
Simon, Paddy & Rob