The programme offers intensive, bespoke guidance to small and medium sized businesses under 3 years old. Support available includes expert mentoring, events and workshops, grants and more.

The AD:VENTURE programme provides dedicated support to eligible young and new businesses with strong growth ambitions.


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

  • 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 targeted at developing skills that will help drive business growth - in topics such as HR, Strategy, Cash flow forecasting, Branding, Marketing, Innovation and Research and Development
  • Entrepreneur Knowledge Exchange (EKE) - expert University partners will support you to solve business problems using the shared experiences and insight of a small group
  • business incubation space and services
  • support to find out more about sources of finance including start up and growth grants,

Am I eligible?

  • Your business must have been trading for up to 3 years.
  • Your business must be within the local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
  • Your business must have strong growth ambitions.
  • Your business must trade in an eligible sector (this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, activities related to education or social care, and those sectors trading directly with consumers e.g. retail and hospitality).

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Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Support Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.