The Ascend Programme
Ascend is designed to assist the most promising Derby businesses to prepare and implement growth plans, and where appropriate support them in securing investment.
The aim of the scheme is to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Derby to make it a great place to establish and grow a business.
To make Derby a great place to establish and grow a business, creating high-quality sustainable jobs, whilst diversifying and supporting the local economy.
- A dynamic partnership driven approach, which focuses on the needs of the business rather than the providers.
- A collaborative mix of funding, business support, mentoring, expert skills & workspace.
- Criteria based entry and selection.
A Derby City Council and University of Derby collaboration, collectively taking responsibility for the identification and orchestration of resources, assets and relationships, that in combination enable the business program to deliver its goals.
Targeting companies at different stages of the development lifecycle into business support streams. Participant companies access the support required to grow successfully, in turn significantly increasing their contribution to jobs and the economy.
Ascend has three programmes for businesses to apply for:
A loan scheme designed to assist in supporting the physical business growth in the form of capital investment in Derby with the ultimate aim to create sustainable new jobs. This fund enables businesses to invest in projects that would not otherwise happen.
Can I apply my business for the Ascend programme?
There is a set criteria for being able to enter the Ascend programme, this includes the following:
Small or medium-sized enterprise
Within Derby City boundaries or within 7.5 mile radius
Been trading for 1 to 2 years and can demonstrate significant growth over that time
Ambition and ability to deliver significant growth and job creation