STBAH April 2-day growth workshop round-up

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Earlier this month the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub ran a 2-day growth workshop - the programme was designed specifically for early stage companies in a growth phase.

The 2-day course was held at the Engine Shed in Bristol and was run by SETsquared - the global no 1 business incubator. Entrepreneurs and SME’s innovating in sustainable technologies or the low carbon sector joined expert coaches and sector specialists for a packed 2-days.

Delegates learning about the power of ‘why’ as day 1 or the 2-day workshop kicks off

Delegates learning about the power of ‘why’ as day 1 or the 2-day workshop kicks off


Day one focused on how to turn ideas into a business. The morning sessions looked at the power of ‘why’ and how this question is the driving force behind a business idea. This was followed by discussions and ideas around building a solution.

Over lunch delegates heard from entrepreneur, Ben Cosh who talked about his experiences as an entrepreneur and this gave an opportunity for any questions the delegates had - this session was very motivating for everyone to hear the highs and lows of Ben’s entrepreneurial journey.

Entrepreneur, Ben Cosh, discusses his experiences during the lunchtime talk

Entrepreneur, Ben Cosh, discusses his experiences during the lunchtime talk

The afternoon session was all about identifying and selecting the target market, how to get market share and positioning of the company.

This was then followed by the Peer Review where each delegate had the chance to explain their canvass and to then receive feedback from the other delegates.

Peer review sessions gave the delegates a chance to canvass their ideas and receive valuable feedback

Peer review sessions gave the delegates a chance to canvass their ideas and receive valuable feedback

After a busy day, a restful evening was required and delegates returned fresh and ready for the second day which focused on the all important question - how to turn a business into money.

The morning sessions looked at how to develop a financial model and understanding revenue, pricing and costs. This was followed by expert advise on how to move your business forward using the learn methodology and the business canvass model.

The final session before lunch covered hints and tips to help successfully pitch and understanding the brief.

Delegates picking up hints and tips on how to successfully pitch and understand the brief

Delegates picking up hints and tips on how to successfully pitch and understand the brief


Following lunch the delegates worked on finalising their pitches and business plans. Some great pitches and ideas were then presented to the room by each delegate.

The remaining time was spent speeding mentoring where each delegate received expert advice and feedback following their pitching sessions.

Delegates receive valuable feedback and advise during the speed mentoring session.

Delegates receive valuable feedback and advise during the speed mentoring session.


All that remained was to announce the winning pitch and thank delegates for their participation and enthusiasm during the interactive 2-day growth workshop.

The winning pitch went to Jack Price from Omnio Energy Storage

The winning pitch went to Jack Price from Omnio Energy Storage

I’ve had a great couple of days - thank you so much to the whole team. The coaches are fantastic at what they do and very engaging. Initially, I was alarmed about the speed of content to be covered but yes, it is possible. Very encouraging and inspiring. A great help for me and my start up.
— Lucy Simon, Brachitect
An inspiring and motivating few days with a nice number of delegates which meant we got to know and interact with everyone on the course.
— Jack Price, Omnio Energy
The course went beyond my expectations - excellent couple of days and very valuable for any startup.
— Philip Hall, Optishoot
Thanks to all delegates, coaches and speakers for a successful 2-day growth workshop

Thanks to all delegates, coaches and speakers for a successful 2-day growth workshop


The next Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub will take place in Bristol on 17th & 18th October 2019. For further information and to register your place please, visit the webpage, here.