Accelerator announced as finalist for three HOFFA business awards

Accelerator, London’s longest running tech incubator in Tech City, has been named as a finalist in three categories of the Hubble Office of the Future Awards.

Date: 12 February 2019

Accelerator, London Metropolitan University’s specialist business incubator, has been named as a finalist in three categories of the Hubble Office of the Future Awards (HOFFAS):

  • Hubble's Office of the Future 2019
  • Innovative Business Model Award
  • Promoting Diversity Award

The HOFFAS are a new industry awards established by Hubble, an incubator who work on sourcing creative spaces for start-up businesses. The awards are the first and only awards which recognise the most innovative and dynamic workspaces in London.

London Met is the most diverse UK university with 65% of students coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. “At Accelerator, part of our mission is widening participation in the start-up world to these under-represented communities,” said Toby Kress, Head of Accelerator.

“Our unique model means that student programmes for the University are run as part of Accelerator and the diverse group of young entrepreneurs we support are mentored and inspired by the more established start-ups based here.”

Accelerator, which is based in Hoxton, Shoreditch, is home to 30 early stage tech companies who use and operate from the space. The incubator underwent a refurbishment project in September 2018 and the team have a wide range of skills and expertise to suit the client’s needs.

They also offer a range of programmes, competitions and initiatives to work with London Met’s students and staff to help turn their business ideas into a reality. The team work with around 1500 students each year and help develop 150 ideas, many of whom go in to launch their start-up with University support.

A key selling point of Accelerator is its prime location and in depth support at an affordable rate. The incubator was awarded Exemplar status by the Small Business Charter in recognition of this work.

The HOFFAS are judged by a panel who have a range of experience working in start-ups. The panel will include Tushar Agarwal, CEO and co-founder of Hubble; Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus at British Land; and Dara Huang, Founder of Design Haus Liberty as well as many more. All applications are submitted to the People’s Champion Award which is judged by the public. Votes are now live.