London Business Accelerator - Empowering women in business

About This Event

Delivered by Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), the London Business Accelerator programme invites London's brightest female leaders to supercharge their business and accelerate growth.

Supported by the Mayor of London, this free and intensive two-month programme of virtual and in-person events offers 30 high-growth potential, female-led businesses the opportunity to unleash their leadership potential, boost productivity and take their business to the next level.

Bayes Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of 'triple crown' accreditation from AACSBAMBA and EQUIS, and ranked one of the best business schools and programmes in the UK and Europe (Financial Times European Business School ranking 2020). Programme participants will get access to industry's experts and practical insight into running a successful business.


 Why should you join the London Business Accelerator programme? 

Growing and scaling a business has its own set challenges and demands. This tailored programme is designed to provide female leaders with step-by-step support, the knowledge and skills needed to help their business thrive.

Women are underrepresented in business, particularly in decision-making positions. The pandemic has also put the spotlight on further inequalities. Wired reports that the economic fallout of COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women with 47% more likely to have lost or quit their job in comparison to men.

London Business Hub has designed this fifth cohort of the London Business Accelerator to provide the necessary support for female-led businesses in their recovery. The programme specifically targets SMEs, helping to build resilience and accelerate business growth within the post-pandemic landscape. Please note your business needs to have a minimum turnover of £250,000 to apply for the programme.

** Applications close on Friday 29 October 2021 at 5.00pm**


 What will the London Business Accelerator modules cover? 

Points listed are only summaries indicative of the extensive content to be covered within each module.


 Access expert support 

Participants will have access to expert support and tools in between sessions to help implement their learnings and maintain momentum. Using an online learning platform, businesses can also share their experiences, successes, challenges and insights with their cohort of like-minded London female business leaders.


 Meet our expert trainers 


 What are the programme dates? 

The London Business Accelerator programme will be delivered over two months, consisting of six modules held virtually and in-person.

Each masterclass day will include 4 hours of content, with time for introductions and questions at the beginning and end, and a 90-minute break. 

Please ensure you are available for the following dates before applying:

  • Welcome to the Programme & Attendee Introductions (In-Person)
    Thursday 11 November 2021, 09:00 - 10:00
  • Module 1: Review of Business Practices (In-Person)
    Thursday 11 November 2021, 10:00 - 17:00 (with break)
  • Module 2: Digital Adaptation (Virtual)
    Tuesday 16 November 2021, 10:00 - 15:30 (with break)
  • Module 3: Investment Finance (Virtual)
    Wednesday 24 November  2021, 10:00 - 15:30 (with break)
  • Module 4: Leadership & Management (Virtual)
    Tuesday 30 November 2021, 09:00 - 17:00 (with break)
  • Module 5: Innovation (Virtual)
    Friday 10 December 2021, 10:00 - 15:30 (with break)
  • Module 6: Tailored Growth Plan (In-Person)
    Tuesday 14 December 2021, 09:00 - 17:00 (with break)

Please note: There are multiple rounds of the London Business Accelerator programme - applicants who are suitable but do not make it to this round may be shortlisted for round six.


 Accelerator location 

The modules will be held both virtually and in-person in Vauxhall, London - the exact location will be disclosed to successful applicants one week before the event.


 Is this right for your business? 

This programme is designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in London with an ambition to grow.

The following pre-requisites qualify you for the programme:

  • You are female and in a decision-making position within the business
  • Your business turnover is at least £250k per annum
  • You have high growth or turnaround ambitions for your business
  • You are available to attend all six virtual and in-person module dates


The London Business Accelerator Programme is partly-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, as a result a range of data points must be collected to assess your company's eligibility for the programme.

Your business must:

  • Be based in London
  • Be registered in the UK
  • Meet the SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) criteria according to the European SME definition
  • Not be "Undertaking in Difficulty" as of 31 December 2019. Please see the definition here
  • Has not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last three fiscal years


 How do I join the programme? 

Please fill in the online application by Friday 29 October 2021 by 5.00pm. 

To apply, simply click the 'Apply Now' button on this page - the application will take about 15 minutes to complete. Be open and honest about where your business is, what you are trying to achieve and your challenges.

Only 30 places are available for this round of the London Business Accelerator programme, however your application might be shortlisted for the next round.

Please note: If your application is successful, you will be required to electronically sign a registration form to confirm your place.


 Key dates and application stages 

  • Stage 1: Friday 29 October 2021 by 5.00pm - applications close 
  • Stage 2: Application eligibility checks
  • Stage 3: Panel assessment and selection
  • Stage 4: Thursday 04 November 2021 - successful candidates will be notified 
  • Stage 5: Thursday 11 November 2021 - London Business Accelerator programme round 5 start date

If you have growth potential, we’d love to hear from you! Simply click the 'Apply Now' button on this page and apply by Friday 29 October 2021 at 5.00pm

 Contact us 

Have a question about the programme? Email our team at


  I would 100% recommend the London Business Accelerator programme - it was hugely valuable in terms of content but also the other businesses I met. My tip to other businesses would be to make sure they carve out time to actually do the pre-work, actual session and post-work. I did this as much as I could and that's where I got the most value."

- Jodie Faitakis
 London Business Accelerator Participant


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