Start your NEW BUSINESS journey now… Think BIG…Think AD:VENTURE

The ERDF AD:VENTURE programme provides dedicated funded support to eligible pre-start, young and new businesses in the Leeds City Region.

The programme offers intensive, bespoke guidance to small and medium sized businesses under 3 years old. Support available includes; expert mentoring, events and workshops, finance brokerage, grants, business incubator space, one to one consultancy projects and peer to peer learning.


In 2017 Leeds City Council and a consortium of regional partners launch AD:VENTURE

Delivering across the Leeds City Region, the programme offers a comprehensive and innovative mix of tailored business support to boost growth and develop businesses in their early years.

How can AD:VENTURE help you?

Access a full business start-up programme, with assistance in those early set up stages and business planning.

One to One Support – You can access a dedicated business advisor to guide your growth     journey and to help you develop your business plan.

Workshops – Focussed workshops targeted to develop skills that will drive true business growth – Example topics are: HR, Strategy, Cash flow Forecasting, Branding, Marketing, Innovation and R&D.

Entrepreneur Knowledge Exchange (EKE) our expert University partners will support you to solve business problems using the shared experiences and insight of a small group.

Access business incubation space and services. 

Find out more about sources of finance including start up and growth grants.

Who needs Dragons? Start your business with us and make it your AD:VENTURE

AD:VENTURE is receiving £6,161,084 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

AD:VENTUREdelivery partners are from across the Leeds City Region and are: Lead Partner, Leeds City Council, with the Business Enterprise Fund, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Craven District Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds City Council, Leeds Trinity University, Make it York, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Prince's Trust, Selby District Council, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (on behalf of the LEP), University of Bradford and the University of Huddersfield. The ERDF funder is the Department for Communities and Local Government.

By registering your interest, you confirm you are happy for your data to be used and shared by the funding and delivery partners outlined above.

For more information and support please contact Invest in Bradford.

T: 01274 437727


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