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Accelerator programme a great opportunity, says EMC MD

EMC Managing Director Ross Fraser has described the company’s partnership with Entrepreneurial Spark to create the UK’s largest tech accelerator programme as a “great opportunity.”

It was recently announced that the tech company had joined forces with Entrepreneurial Spark to provide mentoring and training for the accelerator’s entrepreneurs nationwide.


EMC will be working with Open Experience, RBS' new Technology Solutions Centre at Gogarburn near Edinburgh, for the initiative, which will provide support for tech start-ups.

Entrepreneurial Spark already has several incubator hubs located throughout the UK, and its partnership with EMC will provide technical expertise to entrepreneurs located at the company’s hubs in Ayrshire, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The company is planning to open 13 centres by mid-2017, providing help to over 1,000 start-ups and entrepreneurs every year.

Fraser stated that the scheme is “a great opportunity to combine the talent from established companies like EMC and new start-ups to help encourage business growth and innovation in the UK.”

EMC is aiming to share the advice that the company has learnt over the past 35 years to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Discussing Entrepreneurial Spark’s aims, the company’s founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Jim Duffy, stated that the focus is on “building the mindset and behaviours of an entrepreneur by focusing their mind” and placing them in an environment that “pushes their comfort zone.”

He added that the insights and resources provided by EMC will be “incredibly valuable” to the entrepreneur and start-up community in the months and years ahead. 

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