Raising Businesses From Startups

Dotforge is an initiative created to attract and nurture top startups from around the world by providing them with pre-seed capital, mentorship and the environment they need to build and grow their business.

Shape

Our programme is split into 3 stages. During the first few weeks we introduce startups to a variety of mentors that will help them shape their product.

Build

Armed with the new knowledge, startups then continue to develop their product whilst receiving ongoing feedback from potential clients.

 

Sell

Towards the end of the programme we help startups acquire early adopters and prepare them for raising capital from our investors.

 

Mentors

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James Parton - Twilio

James is Twilio’s Director of European Marketing, and brings over 20 years experience of working at the intersection of telecommunications and the web; covering marketing, product development, product management and sales.
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Jon Bradford - Techstars

Jon is the Managing Director of Techstars and co-founder of f6s.com He loves to help startups and their founders achieve their true potential. Over the last 2 years, Jon has helped to start 12 multi-company accelerators from Montreal to Moscow. Since launching Europe’s first accelerator in 2009 – The Difference Engine – he helped to launch Springboard which was acquired by Techstars
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John Webb - Rackspace

John Webb is Marketing Director for Startups & Developers at Rackspace – The Open Cloud Company, having previously led Marketing at Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead Redemption), Yahoo! and Heinz, amongst others.

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Delivery Team

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Emma Cheshire

Emma founded Germinate Consultancy in 2011 to offer strategic and business development for creative and digital agencies, arts organisations and charities. Clients include the BFI, Creative England and Places £3 million cultural change programme. In 2013 she established and ran the the Dotforge accelerator. As Programme Director, Emma overseas the programme.
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River Tamoor Baig

River co-founded Hive, a distraction free collaboration tool designed for startups. He previously worked with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs advising educational institutions on how to create startup communities on their campus. As Programme Manager, River structures the dotforge curriculum whilst keeping it responsive to the needs of the cohort.

Lee Strafford - EIR

Lee is the visionary and entrepreneurial leader who architected the success of PlusNet as its co-founder and CEO from 1997 to 2007, leading it from startup, through IPO and finally to exit by sale for £67m to BT in 2007. As Entrepreneur-in-Residence Lee will be working with the Dotforge startups on a weekly basis advising them on business strategy, product development and customer acquisition.
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Sina Sh - CTO In Residence

Sina is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and Dotforge's CTO-in-Residence. He began running his own web solutions company at the age of 10, has consulted large multinationals, developed and lead projects ranging from intranet based solutions to large social networks, won every single hackathon he's attended and now will be advising the Dotforge startups on their technology strategies.

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Paul Smith - Ignite100

Paul is the co-founder and director at Ignite, an early-stage digital accelerator programme based in the UK. In the past two years he's managed over 70 startup founders and delivered three 13 week mentor-intensive programmes, working alongside VC and angel investors. He also co-founded both a tech startup and a design agency, and was responsible for product management, UX, wireframing and user testing.

Previous Startups

Delver
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Delver

The platform for natural language interfaces.

Flowify
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Flowify

The restaurant software range.

Gigowl
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Gigowl

Announcement coming soon...

Twile
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Twile

A secure place to record, share your family memories and know exactly who can see them.

Motoneer
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Motoneer

Gearing the automotive industry up for the 21st century.

Scholarly
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Our Partners

CE Main
Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media.

Contact

Questions? Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you!

Address

Electric Works

Sheffield Digital Campus

Sheffield

S1 2BJ

Contact

hello@dotforgeaccelerator.com