A new free
initiative is aiming to help start-ups across Swindon and Wiltshire to access
short-term support from top tech talent.
The Intrapreneurship Project will allow businesses to borrow
resources, such as software developers and designers, one day a week for a 12-week period at
The programme will also give individuals
in tech and product roles at established companies the opportunity to develop
entrepreneurial skills first-hand as part of a living, breathing start-up.
The Swindon-based organisation is led by former tech founders Shane Moore and Hamlyn Deas, who first developed the concept while building their own Techies award-winning start-up in their spare time.
Hamlyn Deas said, “Enterprise
businesses are having to work very hard to keep up with the pace of newer, more
agile companies, but they face this paradox where it’s really difficult to
innovate without an entrepreneurial mindset. This is where our idea for the
Intrapreneurship Programmes came from.
“An Intrapreneur is someone who thinks
and acts like an entrepreneur, but within a larger organisation. Instead of
venturing off to build something new, they are questioning the way things work
around them and looking for ways to repurpose and rebuild to solve problems.
“We built our start-up outside of
full-time jobs, and we were quick to realise just how much we were accelerating
our own learning. Every week it felt like we had new skills and insight that we
could bring back into our day-to-day, which made us more valuable to the
companies we worked for and more employable when it came to finding new
“We’re looking for founders that can
provide our candidates with a learning environment that emulates this
experience and can lead by example when it comes to championing those entrepreneurial
values. We’re building our network more and more every day, working closely
with those start-ups to understand their skill shortages so that we can find
the best match for them from our list of available candidates.
“We’re hoping to run our first
programme later this year with our first major client. Our number one priority
is to demonstrate that running a programme like this can lead to a measurable
increase in entrepreneurial thinking in candidates. If we can prove that, then
we can offer more opportunities for founders that need support and resources
and help shape the next generation of intrapreneurs in the process.”
Startups interested in taking part can
register here to be considered for upcoming
Intrapreneurship Programmes in 2021 and beyond.