Having supported global training initiative the Startup Leadership Program (SLP) for the past three years from their office in London, Deloitte's Manchester branch plans to mirror this activity.
Startup Leadership Programme
SLP is a not-for-profit organisation and global network for entrepreneurs, founders and innovators which uses an intense process to select participating founders.
The programme began in Boston in 2006 with just seven participants and has since grown to 28 cities across 13 countries. Every year 15-25 Fellows join the program in every city, and can attend classes in any city within the network.
This year 500 Fellows will go through the program as a single class.
In the past decade participants have founded more than 1,300 successful startups including ixigo, Innoz, Momelan, Runkeeper, SideTour, Shareaholic, Ubersense, Savored, Voicetap, and many others, and have collectively raised more than $500M in funding.
As part of this new Manchester partnership Deloitte will be able to provide venue space for training sessions and events over a six-month period which will be a great support to the Startup Leadership Programme as they continue their work. There is also potential for representatives from Deloitte to play a role in shaping the SLP, using their experience and expertise to provide personalised support to participants.
Naomi Timperley, director at Tech North Advocates and program lead for SLP, said: “We are really excited to be launching our global program into Manchester where the start-up scene is so vibrant and alive with opportunity.
“Working with Deloitte will help us to support a new generation of entrepreneurs and we are looking forward to a year of education and growth in Manchester.”
Steven Hess, founding director and chief global advisor at SLP, added: “The scale of Deloitte as a company and its connections within the Northern business community will be an invaluable asset to our program and those taking part.
“Manchester has a world-renowned reputation for innovation and our partnership with Deloitte will help us discover and encourage talented individuals in the North of England.”
On a side note, the team at Startacus will be co-hosting a startup meetup in Manchester on 4th October where will explore how startups and big business can innovate together, alongside representatives from RBS, Ordnance Survey, Sage, Tech North, and NESTA. Book your free ticket here.