Enterprise support

  • Catalyst

    Tech Start-up Accelerator for ambitious entrepreneurs

    Catalyst is an intensive 10-week programme delivered in partnership with The Institute for Ethical AI running in Summer 2021 for tech businesses. The entrepreneurs selected to join the programme will receive weekly training and mentoring to strengthen the foundation of their business and get investment ready. To be eligible to apply, the business must be registered with Companies House and should be led by a Brookes student, graduate or staff member or an entrepreneur based in and operating from Oxfordshire. 

    • Direct access to our extensive network of investors and partners

    • 1:1 coaching with industry experts

    • Access to funded interns from Oxford Brookes

    • A bespoke training programme exclusive to Catalyst participants

    • Access to grant funding opportunities

    • Fundraising advice

    • Investment readiness training

    • Support to build leadership and management skills, resilience and an entrepreneurial mindset 

    • Free annual membership to Enterprise Nation – The UK’s largest network for small businesses

    • Access to co-working space at BEHive (Headington campus) and ICE Qube (Wheatley campus) for 12 months

    • Applicants must be Oxford Brookes University students, recent graduates or staff members, or be a tech entrepreneur based and operating in Oxfordshire

    • You must apply as a team (minimum two team members per start-up)

    • At least one of the team members must be available to attend the programme each week

    • You must have an MVP with a clear value proposition. We welcome teams that have had success with customers.

    • The company must be registered with Companies House by the time applications close (April 2021)

    • You must be able to welcome an intern into your team for the duration of the programme

    • The company must be ready to trade or ideally having started trading

    • The four £10,000 prizes must be paid in a business bank account

    The detailed schedule will be published soon. 

    The 10-week programme will start on Monday 17th May 2021 and end on Monday 19th July 2021. The weekly webinars and mentoring support will take place on a Monday each week. The pitching event to win one of four £10,000 prizes and impress our investor network will take place at the end of the ten weeks. 

    The teams selected to join Catalyst will have the opportunity to pitch their business proposal to the Catalyst team for a chance to win one of four £10,000 prizes sponsored by The Institute for Ethical AI. 
    You will join a network of entrepreneurs who have completed Catalyst and have access to the co-working spaces at the Headington and Wheatley campuses for 12 months. Both in person and virtually you will continue to receive support and guidance from mentors and have access to our extensive network of enterprise support. 
  • Catalyst 2021 speakers

  • Last year's cohort

    Here is the list of start-ups which took part in the most recent edition of Catalyst and a short description of the product/service they offer:

    VueCue logo


    ViewCue Consulting helps evidence, simplify and add certainty to property value, investment and planning judgements. Its data provides a platform that helps minimise conflict in the planning system, saving time and money. Above all, ViewCue gives new insight to value and income, helping to manipulate the visual appearance of proposals, using objective data, to give the best outcomes.

    Apurba logo


    Apurba focuses on providing innovative solutions to some of the most pressing data analytics problems in healthcare, medicine and biopharma today. They are a diverse group bringing together multi-disciplinary expertise from around the globe in computer science, biopharma, medicine and finance.

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    Good Boost

    Good Boost transforms swimming pools into therapeutic spaces using their specialist clinical technology. Their artificial intelligence-powered software delivered on waterproof tablets enables swimming pools to deliver therapeutic rehabilitation for a wide range of health conditions.

    Shifte logo


    SHIFTE Ltd is a marketplace app that allows security companies and venues to hire temporary security guards instantly. SHIFTE also provides workforce management software for existing businesses to manage their internal workforce.

    DigiVue logo


    DigiVue is an app that can be used for online registration, attendance and engagement that can be used in schools and universities. These tools aim to engage with students in their lectures, but these also have potential as a stand-alone offering.

    Finderr logo


    Finderr is an innovative way for the visually impaired to recognise individuals and find objects easily in their home, simply through their phones. Finderr is an automated object localisation, facial recognition and tracking system. An all in one system that empowers the visually impaired who strive for independence.

    Skyscape logo

    Skyscape Technologies

    Skyscape Technologies Ltd markets intelligence for rooftops. They shift the value of rooftop space in cities from liability to higher-value assets. Their market is in urban cities to enable a wealth of opportunities for the property owners, lease holders, and the next generation of solution providers.

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    Tectonic IP

    Tectonic IP researches and develops cutting-edge AI and Machine Learning technologies in order to measure, analyse and evaluate behaviour and decision making processes. It also provides comprehensive insights in order to accelerate Situational Awareness and enhance Decision Making.

    BikeTrace logo


    BikeTrace Ltd is a service provider turning normal bicycles into smart bikes. The aim is to create an ecosystem of interconnected bicycles integrated onto smart grid. The analysis of cycling behaviour, through AI can provide useful insights into future planning of road infrastructure.

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