What is the AD:VENTURE?

AD:VENTURE Growth Programme provides ambitious start-ups with a tailored programme of support to help them grow their business and create jobs. The programme will provide access to a dedicated business advisor who can guide you through your start up and growth journey offering practical advice, connections and help in accessing finance, including Growth Grants of up to £25,000.


What else can Ad:Venture help with?

  • Expert coaching for businesses that need guidance to move to the next level – from experts in the field.
  • One-to-one mentoring Support and guidance from a team of enterprise advisors.
  • Networking – Opportunities to network and build contacts at events and workshops. Keep checking for the latest workshops and events.
  • Finance and funding – Grants from £2,500 to £25,000 are available for start-ups and businesses under three years old.

The programme offers a comprehensive and innovative mix of tailored business support to boost growth and develop businesses in their early years. Support includes:

  • a full business start-up programme, with assistance in those early set up stages and business planning
  • one-to-one support – you can access a dedicated business advisor to guide your growth journey and to help you develop your business plan
  • workshops targeted at developing skills that will help drive business growth – in topics such as HR, Strategy, Cash flow forecasting, Branding, Marketing, Innovation and Research and Development
  • Entrepreneur Knowledge Exchange (EKE) – expert University partners will support you to solve business problems using the shared experiences and insight of a small group
  • business incubation space and services
  • support to find out more about sources of finance including start up and growth grants

To be eligible for The AD:VENTURE Growth Programme, you MUST be:

Trading primarily business to business
Trading for 3 years or less
Be based in the Leeds City Region area (Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York
Looking to grow & create jobs.