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Meet the businesses taking part in our second incubator programme

We are absolutely thrilled to introduce the businesses taking part in our second incubator programme! After the success of our first round, we simply can’t wait to see how these companies develop over the next 6 months.


First up… Heartwood Skills.

Heartwood provide mentoring, training and skills to those not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET, who are often from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Currently working in one school, Dave, who heads up Heartwood, works with children and young people on an individual or group basis, depending on the needs of the school. He occasionally utilises volunteers to support his work.


Next, we have WOTJOB, ran by Mike and Jayne. 

These guys are developing a mobile video platform which will enable students to connect with employers to find industry placements, apprenticeships and entry level roles. 

We’re thrilled to work with WOTJOB, as they’re currently working with one of our partners, New College Durham, on the upcoming pilot of T-Levels! 


Jonathan, from Upshift, also joins us on this programme. 

Upshift is an online retail store which specialises in the sale of simulation (Sim) virtual racing products. This is quite a niche market, but it’s growing fast, representing 79% of the global gaming simulator market, which is expected to reach circa 8 billion USD by 2021.

Upshift is “run by sim racers, for sim racers”, and offers customers unparalleled advice, guidance and support from their sim racing experts. Furthermore, instead of UK customers buying directly from different international manufacturers and suffering from associated expensive delivery fees, long delivery times, language barriers, and the inconvenience of import delays and duties, Upshift is a convenient, one-stop shop that offers all products a sim racer would want.


Also joining us is Unbox

Unbox is ran by James and was born out of a need to change the way short-term holiday letting is viewed, both from a customer and community perspective. 

With a heavy focus on environmental and ecological sustainability, alongside partnerships with the local community to bring mutual economic benefit, Unbox sets out to offer low footprint and unique accommodation using shipping containers and other sustainable materials to build low-cost, high-end accommodation.


Dina, who owns Mobius Training, will also be part of our latest cohort. Dina previously worked for IOSH and will provide a range of Health and Safety courses both off and online, depending on the needs of the business. 

Dina will also provide a consultancy service to help Boards and Senior Management teams implement cultures, values and strategies into their business with a focus on Vision 0 (set by the World Health Organisation).


Also joining us are Coffee Coal, a supplier of artisan fair trade coffee from local coffee roasters, helping sustain fair trade across the world, specifically in poverty-stricken countries. 

Justin, who runs Coffee Coal, is developing a process for using coffee waste for fuel and is working with coffee shops and restaurants to collect the waste – fantastic! 


Last, but not least, we’re excited to finish off our roundup with TaxiGoat, described by owner Ross as “think Uber meets JustEat”! 

TaxiGoat are an app-based business that helps to simplify a customer’s taxi booking experience and enhance both the taxi operator and drivers’ business opportunities and performance. By giving a customer the ability to source a taxi from all local providers in one place using the same pricing calculation, TaxiGoat removes an ongoing difficulty and annoyance the customer faces whenever booking a taxi.


As you can see, we have an exciting and inspiring range of businesses and people joining us again this time. Watch this space to see what they’re up to on our incubator! 

If you’re interested in applying for our next round, you still have a few months before applications open again, but we are happy to chat with you in the meantime. We look forward to hearing from you!


The next application deadline is Friday 6th May 2022

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