Graduate Start-Up Accelerator

Start, scale or grow your business with us

Developing a new business and want the best possible start?

The Graduate Start-Up Accelerator is our business incubation programme for student and graduate entrepreneurs. We’ve been helping award-winning companies and social enterprises launch since 2011.

We are always interested in hearing from early-stage companies and individuals who are working on new products or services with lots of potential.

We help Loughborough graduates by providing a fully-funded programme of support for at least 6 months, including:

  • Coaching

    One-to-one business performance coaching, entrepreneurs in residence, business experts and experienced entrepreneur/investor mentors
  • Training

    An intensive training week designed to accelerate your business, plus a programme of weekly and monthly events delivered by entrepreneurs and industry experts
  • Office space

    Fully-serviced workspace with super-fast broadband at Loughborough University’s business incubator, LUinc. for at least 12 months
  • Networking

    Profile raising opportunities through the University’s promotional and enterprise networks, including angel investors and regional innovation leaders
  • Funding

    Access to funding through Start-up Fund (grants up to £5,000 for recent Loughborough University graduates - within 2 years of graduation) plus the opportunity for further £2,500 Scale-Up grants exclusive to LUinc. members)
  • Exclusive offers

    We work with partners including Amazon Web Services, Solidworks and more

The Graduate Start-Up Accelerator is part of LUinc. - Loughborough University’s business incubator. It is based in the Holywell Building on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) campus in north Leicestershire. We recruit from the Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) so that student entrepreneurs can continue growing their businesses after graduation. However, you don’t need to have engaged with LEN to be part of The Accelerator.

About The Graduate Start-Up Accelerator

Our mission is to nurture emerging businesses from the Loughborough University community. We bring together ambitious Loughborough graduates and researchers working on exciting new business ventures.

Introducing our members


"I wanted somewhere to work with other founders around me. The biggest value has been being part of a cohort going through the same journey - it’s been helpful gaining advice from those further down the line. I now have two patents pending."

Kate Allen (MEng Product Design Engineering, 2019)DirectorExpHand ProstheticsMed-tech startup

"Choosing LUinc. was the obvious next step in pursuing my idea for a graduate startup. Being surrounded by like-minded and highly driven individuals has been beneficial. The programme has supported me through two successful funding rounds."

Tom Jelliffe (BSc Geography and Management, 2017)Founder and MDTzukaConsumer electronics startup

"I chose LUinc. to grow my understanding and confidence in developing my business after winning the International James Dyson Award. I’ve gained connections, experience and benefited from advice which has accelerated what I am doing and maintained the momentum."

Joseph Bentley (BSc Product Design and Technology, 2021)Founding directorACT MedicalMed-tech startup

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to apply for the Graduate Start-Up Accelerator if you are a Loughborough University graduate. Applications are open to those applying for either in person or virtual support.

The application process

Step 1: Start the conversation

The first step is simple. Complete the form below to be considered for the next round of admissions. We will contact you soon after. Applications close in March for the Spring intake and July for the autumn intake.

Step 2: Make your pitch

We’ll invite you to submit a short Pitch Deck outlining your business in a little more detail. There are tips on what it needs to include here. We’ll also arrange for you to speak with a member of the LUinc. team to run through your early business plan in more detail.

Step 3: Review / Offer

At this stage we may ask for further, more detailed information about your business plans. The LUinc. team will then review your application and confirm whether you have been accepted onto the next cohort.

Apply for The Graduate Start-Up Accelerator

Thank you for your interest in The Graduate Start-Up Accelerator. The details you provide will only be used for the purposes of administration. They will be stored securely and not shared with third parties.

The Graduate Start-Up Accelerator programme runs twice-yearly. New intakes are in April and September. We receive expressions of interest all year round. Please complete the form and one of our LUinc. team members will be in contact.