Apply now for our Autumn 2018 accelerator

Applications for our Autumn 2018 programme are now closed.

For our Autumn 2018 programme we are doing things a little differently, we are exclusively looking for teams that are using technology in one of the three following impact areas:

If your venture doesn’t fit with these themes, don’t worry. We’ll be running our tech for good programme with our general impact areas in Spring 2019. If you would like to be kept updated about investment and support from BGV, sign up to our newsletter.

About the programme

The Autumn programme runs for 12 weeks starting on 12th September 2018. The startups selected for this programme will get to work closely with our three partners in support of startups that are focused on:

What we offer

The BGV accelerator programme offers:

  • Investment: £20,000 in cash for 6% equity*
  • Support: An intensive 3-month programme of workshops and 1:1 mentoring and life-long support to accelerate your venture
  • Connections: Access to a network of over 300 mentors, founders, and investors
  • Office space: free office space in central London for 6 months
  • Partnerships: Additional support from our expert partners


What we’re looking for

At the accelerator stage we select teams based on:

The team

  • You have a strong and ambitious team (or are actively seeking to build one)
  • A strong understanding of the problem and the market they will be operating in
  • Technical experience within the team

The idea

  • An innovative idea with some evidence of its merits and how it would solve the problem in one of the three areas of impact:
    • Achieving the Global Goals – tech for international development
    • Supporting vulnerable young people
    • Future for fair work and employment
  • A clear hypothesis of how to produce, sell and distribute the solution

The potential for impact

  • A strong ambition to scale and positively impact millions of lives


Next steps for you

Before you go on to Gust, where you can submit your application and hit apply, we just want to make sure that:

You have an innovative idea that uses technology to address challenges in one of  this programme’s three impact areas – Achieving the Global Goals, fair work and employment and supporting vulnerable young people

You have a strong and ambitious team (or are actively building one) with the necessary skills to execute your idea

You are motivated to radically improve millions of lives for the better

You make your team available to the programme during the
three-month accelerator

You are looking to turn your idea into a successful for-profit business

You have the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, you cannot
take part in our programme on a tourist visa

Applies to Global Goals Teams only: you must be SEIS eligible

Did you tick all the boxes? Or can we help clarify some things? Then get in touch, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have.




Applications open: 4th June 2018

Applications close: 8th July 2018 at 23:59pm 

Interviews: 26th July to 3rd August 2018

Programme: 19th September to 5th December 2018


Selection process

After the close of applications, we shortlist teams for face-to-face interviews which take place at our office in London. They last around 30 minutes with members of the BGV team, our alumni and partners sitting on the panel.


BGV Q&A events & drop-in sessions

If you’re thinking about applying to the BGV autumn programme then we recommend you come along to one of our Q&A events in June. The Q&A will give you the chance to meet our team, talk to some of our partners and alumni and find out more about the investment and support available from BGV. If you’d like to talk about your venture in more detail with one our team members, then make sure to sign up to one of our Friday drop-in sessions. 

Please only sign up to the Q&A event/drop-in session if your startup fits into the corresponding impact theme area.

June 19th, 18:30 – Q&A: Achieving the Global Goals – Register your interest here

June 25th, 18:30 – Q&A: Supporting vulnerable young people – Register your interest here

Friday drop-in sessions – Register your interest here


*Global Goals teams will receive 20k investment in cash, which represents 40k investment less a 20k programme participation fee.