The Cooper Project

— Applications open —

The Cooper Project is a 6-month incubator residency based in the Cooper Lounge at Sheffield Technology Parks. Our free programme is open to pre-start, pre-revenue, pre-investment, and early-stage start-ups operating in tech and digital sectors.

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What is The Cooper Project?

Our programme is designed to help South Yorkshire-based Tech and Tech-enabled startups test an idea and develop it into a viable business.

We provide ambitious early-stage tech and digital start-ups with the Space, Support, and Networks to help them validate their business idea and accelerate their business growth. We have been a specialist Tech and Digital incubator for 30 years.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, tailoring support to our founder’s needs.


Who should apply?

✔️ Pre-start, pre-revenue, pre-investment, and early-stage start-ups operatingin the Tech and Digital sector

✔️ Registered address or trading address in South Yorkshire

✔️ Ambition to grow and scale up. 

✔️ Able to commit to the full programme – a minimum of 12 hours.

✔️ Can commit to being present in our coworking space at least 2 days per week

What will you get?

months free space in the Cooper Lounge
expert advice and mentoring
access to events and workshops
hands-on planning and growth support
friendly community and wide network

The Cooper Project helps founders across several early stages in their venture:  

Idea stage – help start-ups turn their idea into an MVP and a real viable business; MVP stage – help start-ups validate their idea, pivot quickly to gain Product-Market Fit; Early company stage – help early-stage businesses to get their first clients, expand your network for growth, connect you with funders/ investors.

What will we cover?

The purpose of the Cooper Project is to offer anyone the opportunity to develop a business idea that uses digital technology solutions in a safe environment free of risk. As a not-for-profit economic development company, Sheffield Technology Parks delivers the programme and is able to provide subsequent follow-on accommodation and support as part of its broader client base with office, labs or workshops at the Cooper Buildings.

In addition, we offer up to 4 interactive Business Workshops covering range of topics, including: 

✔️ Idea Exploration – Customer Development and Product-Market Fit

✔️ Validation – How to Validate your business idea

✔️ Raising Finance – Different Types of Investments and How to raise investment 

✔️ Marketing and Sales – How to Design and Test Your channel

Delivery & Format

Weekly face-to-face and online peer group sessions.

Regular 1-1 checks-in with the Incubation Manager. 

One-to-one coaching with Tech and Growth Advisors

One-to-one mentoring with Entrepreneurs-in-residence.

The Cooper Project sits within the wider business support landscape within South Yorkshire and we actively signpost Cooper Project alumni to further suitable provision delivered externally that will help develop the business.

Who you’ll be working with

Tom  Wolfenden

Tom Wolfenden

CEO @ Sheffield Technology Parks

Rose Tran

Rose Tran

Incubation Manager

Ready to grow your business?

Join this programme and become part of the TEAM SY community. Take your startup to the next level with our support.