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Excelerate Labs

We are inspiring and enabling business growth in Greater Manchester

The Women’s Organisation is proud to lead the way in innovative business start up and growth support through our new programme 'Excelerate Labs'.  The programme open to those in Greater Manchester who are looking to start, innovate, diversify and grow businesses creating new jobs and boosting the Greater Manchester Economy.


Those living in Greater Manchester who have a business idea they would like to explore will be able to join our 7 day 'Kickstarter Manchester' programme which will help yo explore the fundementals of launching a new enterprise such as:

  • What goes into your business plan
  • Understanding business structures
  • How to conduct effective market research
  • Understanding your customers and competitors
  • How to build a robust marketing plan
  • Getting to grips with social media such as facebook, twitter and instagram
  • Understanding the basics of SEO.

Bookings for this programme are live here. 

For existing Greater Manchester businesses, Excelerate Labs will help entrepreneurs and management teams to consistently drive significant business growth and employment gains by helping them to:

  • Develop and promote an ambitious business growth culture through increased business growth media coverage, role models and case studies
  • Generate more revenue and profit through access to new markets whilst attracting and retaining more customers
  • Gain access to, and benefit from, targeted business networking which drives sales, improves supply chains and develops businesses social capital  
  • Become more effective business leaders
  • Create new revenue streams, reinvigorate/reinvent the company – plan and manage the process of creating new revenue streams
  • Create powerful marketing processes that can rapidly accelerate sales including market development
  • Raise employees productivity, attract, retain, inspire and leverage a talented team of individuals who will work aggressively toward an agreed growth plan
  • Carry out effective financial engineering by facilitating access to and utilisation of both traditional and non-traditional sources of capital
  • Develop more effective technology based performance management and human capital systems and processes
  • Embedding a research, development and technology deployment cycle within new and growing female businesses

For more information about the project please contact exceleratelabs@thewo.org.uk



Excelerate Labs is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding


More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker


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