We recently hosted a celebration in Sheffield marketing the culmination of the first phase of TEAM SY. It was great to see so many friends and collaborators from across the Sheffield ecosystem come together to celebrate an incredible startup support project.
As recently reported in Prolific North, there’s no doubt that more companies are starting and growing in South Yorkshire. TEAM SY has played a pivotal role in unifying a fragmented startup ecosystem and increasing the number of tech entrepreneurs starting businesses and accessing investment.
We recently spoke to a number of startup entrepreneurs who have been supported through TEAM SY. You can find the interviews here, here, here and here on our YouTube channel. One thing that really stands out from these conversations is the importance of community. Especially for first-time startup founders, it can be a lonely journey and TEAM SY played an important role, not only by connecting them to mentors and investors, but forging connections with other founders around them.
Moving forward, we are committed to supporting the growth of the South Yorkshire tech startup ecosystem and look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the region – and of course the entrepreneurs themselves.
For entrepreneurs seeking support, Laura Bennett, our incredible Super Connector for South Yorkshire, is a great source for advice and introductions into the local ecosystem. We would also love to see more SY founders joining the Funding Readiness programme we deliver with Barclays Eagle Labs where applications will shortly open for the autumn cohort.
For an overview of TEAM SY’s impact in South Yorkshire, read Prolific North’s report here.