Local Innovation Being Supported by Technology Accelerator Showcase
14 Feb 2022
Published in: General
Over 150 businesses, from investment and industry networks, joined BetaDen’s cohort 4.0 Showcase.
Over 150 businesses, from investment and industry
networks, joined BetaDen’s cohort 4.0 Showcase to learn
more about the innovative products and technologies being developed in the
This marks the completion of the nine-month acceleration
journey for BetaDen’s 4th cohort of technology businesses. Since the
inception of the programme, 40 businesses have received the dedicated mentoring
and route to market support, with the next wave of early stage businesses soon
to start Cohort 5.0, due to be announced soon.
Following this recent success and the overall achievements of
BetaDen to date, the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has
confirmed that CEO and Founder of BetaDen, Linda Smith, will be leaving the
organisation in April.
Linda has been with the Worcestershire LEP for over 5 years
and with BetaDen since its inception, developing and delivering a truly unique
commercial accelerator programme to help improve Worcestershire’s placement nationally
for business innovation. Linda was also a driving force for the Midlands Cyber
cluster programme, helping to strengthen cyber security connections across the
region whilst also welcoming national and international delegations.
Linda Smith, CEO and Founder of BetaDen, said “I am
immensely proud of how Worcestershire has supported the creation and delivery
of BetaDen. Since launch in 2018 the team and I have worked hard to position
the credibility and reputation of Betaden in providing Real Help for Real
“I’ve met, worked and championed the BetaDen founders and
we’re starting to see the rising stars from the programme such as Plinx,
Droneprep, CoHo and Veritherm raising investment and creating high value jobs,
which is immensely satisfying.
“For myself I’m looking ahead for new challenges and where I
can add value utilising both my technology and international business
development knowledge and experience.”
The team would like to thank Linda for all of her hard work,
dedication and enthusiasm over the past few years and wish her all the best for
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