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Welsh Government Announces New Tech Ideas Fund Accelerator

Ideas.fund is Wales' first tech accelerator initiative, comprising a two month intensive start-up/growth programme, open to individuals and teams already building or thinking of building a start-up business.
 
The accelerator is aimed at supporting the development of the tech sector in Wales, by stimulating new companies to be formed and new products to be developed. The fund is looking for original tech ideas that have the potential to be turned into commercial products.
 
The creation or safeguarding of long-term, sustainable jobs within the tech industry is a longer term desirable outcome of the programme.
 
Funding and office space is provided for a two month cohort, with sessions that focus on start-up principles, to help participants build a successful company. Successful applicants will receive a minimum grant of between £5,000 and £10,000, free desk space and two months of world class tech and business mentoring - leading up to a final demo day at the Google Campus in London.
 
Project expenditure must relate to the project named in the application and is not designed to support other areas of the business. The budget will be approved as part of the offer letter process and this will evidence areas of anticipated spend.
 
Eligible expenditure is as follows, but the list is not exhaustive and can be discussed during application stage:
 
  - Salaries
  - Hardware/software purchases
  - Marketing costs
  - Fees (eg consultants, freelancers, marketing, events)
 
The fund is open to companies or individuals (to form a company) with a tech start-up or tech start-up idea at any stage from idea, right through to growth, that are based in Wales or are prepared to base themselves in Wales.
 
This funding is only available to companies that are SMEs (up to 250 employees, less than €50 million turnover and less than €43 million balance sheet).
 
Applications are open until 18 March 2016.
 
Note: To qualify for the financial aspect of the programme, participants must have been accepted for the accelerator programme, for which there are spaces for a maximum of 10 businesses.
 
Further information including how to apply available here.
 
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