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BetaDen Extends the applications deadline for Cohort 4

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  • Published by Elizabeth Laidler on 21 Dec 2020
  • Last modified 14 Jan 2021
BetaDen – Worcestershire’s commercial technology accelerator based at Malvern Hills Science Park - has extended the deadline for applications for its fourth cohort of businesses.

£50,000 programme of support for businesses

Update: 21 December

Deadline extended for technology innovators

Applications were set to close on 18 December but this has been extended until 8 January 2021, following feedback from interested parties struggling to meet the pre-Christmas deadline.

Linda Smith, founder and CEO of BetaDen, said: “We’ve already received some really interesting applications to join the next BetaDen cohort, which begins in March 2021, but since we announced the application schedule in November, we’ve received feedback from a variety of businesses that they are struggling to meet the initial deadline in light of this year’s unprecedented twin challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit preparations. 

“At BetaDen, our mission is to provide real support to real businesses, helping them accelerate their route to market so, with the reality of their situation in mind, we have decided to extend the application deadline, allowing interested tech entrepreneurs and established businesses developing new technology to make the most of the quieter Christmas period to work on their applications. The remainder of the recruitment timeline will remain unchanged, with interviews taking place in late January for a March onboarding process.”

Cohort 4 tech focus: 5G, Industry 4.0, Security by Design, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

BetaDen announced a refreshed programme of support worth around £50,000 for Cohort 4 earlier this year, including access to Worcestershire’s 5G testbed, a £10,000 proof of concept grant, mentoring from BetaDen’s handpicked team of commercial and technology experts and office space in Malvern Hills Science Park. Those joining the programme in March 2021 will also benefit from its industry expertise partnership with Steatite, part of Solid State PLC. BetaDen is unique in the technology sector, both in terms of the value of support it provides and the fact that cohort businesses don’t need to surrender equity in their business to access the accelerator. As well as early-stage businesses, it also creates opportunities for established businesses to develop technology within the accelerator, effectively supporting in-house R&D activity.

Linda continued: “For Cohort 4, we are focusing our attention on companies developing new and emerging technologies in six key areas: 5G, Industry 4.0, Security by Design, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. These can be for emerging applications across a range of industrial and supply chain market places. With a strong track record of helping businesses commercialise their ideas, secure investment and create new jobs, I’d encourage anyone who thinks their business could benefit from the programme to get their application in and make sure 2021 is the year they bring those innovations to life.”

BetaDen recently celebrated its second birthday and, to date, has supported 22 early stage technology businesses, helping them develop successful routes to market, secure hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment and create news jobs in that time.

Companies interested in applying for Cohort 4 can click here for further information and must submit their application by the new deadline of Friday 8 January 2021.


Early-stage technology businesses joining the nine-month accelerator in March 2021 will have access to a refreshed programme of support worth around £50,000, including 30 hours access to Worcestershire’s 5G test bed and guidance from industry partner Steatite, part of Solid State Plc.

Cohort 4 members will also benefit from a £10,000 proof of concept grant, mentoring from BetaDen’s handpicked team of commercial and technology experts and office space in Malvern Hills Science Park site.

Linda Smith, founder and CEO of BetaDen, said: “BetaDen recently celebrated its second birthday and, to date, has supported 22 early stage technology businesses, helping them develop successful routes to market, secure hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment and create news jobs in that time.

“Building on that experience, we have honed the programme for Cohort 4, focusing even more on our unique access to Worcestershire’s 5G test bed and making ever greater use of our industry networks to create real commercial opportunities for our businesses.

“In Steatite, we’re delighted to welcome an industry partner who can offer cohort members the benefit of their unrivalled experience and connections in the field of high-value add manufacturing, in particular computing, secure communication systems and antennas. Its expertise will be invaluable to Cohort members looking to develop their technologies in these areas.”

BetaDen is unique in the technology sector, both in terms of the value of the support package it provides and the fact that cohort businesses do not need to surrender equity in their businesses to access this accelerator. As well as providing support to early-stage businesses, it also creates opportunities for established businesses to develop technology-based ideas within the accelerator, effectively supporting in-house R&D activity.

Linda continued: “As we open applications for cohort 4, we are focusing our attention on companies developing new and emerging technologies in six key areas: 5G, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Robotics for emerging applications across a wide range of industrial supply chain market places.

Companies interested in applying can visit www.beta-den.com for further information and must submit their application by Friday 18 December. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview with our advisory board in early 2021, with successful applicants joining Cohort 4 in March 2021.

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