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Teesside Universities new Business Mentor
Teesside Universities new Business Mentor

By mgcadmin 6 Aug 2019 10:01am

We are delighted to announce that as of September 2019, Chris will be part of the Teesside University Fuel Programme – Launchpad.
The Universities Mission Is to build a startup community on campus, one that engages entrepreneurs in a range of engaging and meaningful activities, creating an entrepreneurial space that flies the flag of enterprise and innovation, a creative space designed to support.
Chris will be a significant part of the student’s journey, helping advise on the business aspects of starting up a new business. From fund and Investor pitching to profit and loss calculations, digital marketing planning and customer relations.

Launchpad FUEL is a development programme open to Teesside University students and graduates in the early stages of developing a business idea.



A total of 20 businesses undergo intensive development for over eight weeks. The founders then pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win further funding. 

Steve Dougan, Head of Graduate Enterprise at Teesside University, said: ‘Launchpad FUEL offers a unique opportunity for startups to access grant funding to give their businesses a real chance of becoming successful. 

Even the startups which do not receive the funding benefit enormously from the eight weeks of development they have undertaken. 



‘It is also highly gratifying to see so many social enterprises awarded funding.

‘This was not a deliberate decision on our part, but demonstrates that social enterprise is becoming increasingly popular as a business model among young entrepreneurs.’ Teesside Launchpad is based in a converted Victorian school at the University’s Middlesbrough campus and offers a co-working space where students, graduates, alumni-entrepreneurs, SMEs and corporate partners can come together in a unique startup ecosystem.

Taking up a mentor role, Chris will be working with exciting new startups in the region, giving his expertise that makes him and MGC Agency one of the top digital advisories in Teesside and the North East.


Find out more about the Funding opportunity for graduate entrepreneurs