What is Fusion Go? Fusion Go is a not for profit company Founded by David Jones in 2014 to create a revolution in entrepreneurship, start-ups and business growth in Cumbria.
Who owns Fusion Go? We all have a stake in Fusion Go’s success. It’s been established to create an entrepreneurial culture and spirit in Cumbria. To make the most of the areas rich heritage and potential for a prosperous future.
The company was Founded by David Jones after he realised that here was nothing like the sort of provision Fusion Go on offer to Cumbrian businesses and he believed it was needed. So, he left his job and set up Fusion Go in 2014. With 20 years experience in shaping places and business he can see that Cumbria has a massive opportunity to be one of the most innovative, creative and best places to do business in the UK.
Why Business Accelerators? Business accelerator programmes quicken up the process of creating, establishing and growing a new business or one that needs assistance to reach its potential. They are typically run over 3 to 6 months by providing a range of support services that assist the participant businesses, including:
mentoring and coaching
a peer-to-peer network
access to finance and investment
legal and professional service advice
intellectual property advice
other specific business advice to help a company grow.
The end result is a cohort of companies who collaborate and challenge each other to succeed, becoming investible businesses.
What support will I get? Each Climber will get a dedicated Fusion Go Guide (member of staff) to help them navigate their ascent to success and growth of their business. We realise that no two journeys to establish and grow a business are the same but there are some characteristics that we are looking for and our Guides know very well.
Your Guide is there to challenge your ideas and be there with you every step of the way. However, at the end of the day it’s your journey and your business, so you will have to take ultimate responsibility.
How do I apply to get on one the Accelerator of Impact Fusion Go programmes? We invite you apply to join the Fusion Go programme at any time. To apply now go to the Apply Here page of our website. Once you have applied, we will invite you in for an interview to see if you are right for our programmes and vice-versa.
What type of business do I need to be? Each Climber business is unique and we will not discriminate against the sector your business is in or who you are. In fact, we would like a good cross section of businesses from different sectors. The most important thing is you have the right attitude – an attitude to succeed and an open mindset to take on new ideas and opinions. Its that simple. You may be a new start, been operating a company for a while but not quite made it or just have a great idea you want to turn into a business. In fact, we will consider any business to join our accelerator programme.
Do I need to have already established my business? No. You might just have a great idea you want to turn into a business, or a 'lightbulb moment'. We can help you whatever stage of the business cycle you are at.
Who is in the Fusion Go Pro Team? We are establishing a network of mentors, advisors, coaches, investors and professional service companies that want to work with Fusion Go and its Climber businesses. They each have something to offer. They might be great at developing people, have a nose for a business opportunity, have great technical knowledge about a particular topic or whatever. It is our Guides role to match your business need to the right advice to enable you to take your business forward.
Can you help me get investment in my business? By working with Fusion Go, you will understand what will make your business more investible, and make you more investible as an individual. That might be investment through equity, loan or grant. Fusion Go believe investment is key to the growth of any business and we will try and make you as investment ready as possible during your time on the accelerator programme.
What about my firm’s intellectual property? We recognise that your IP is yours. We will consider entering into a Non Disclosure Agreement with each Climber business if that is necessary, as we do need to understand your business to help you make your ascent. At the end of the day though it’s down to you. But rest assured to make an ascent you won’t be able to do it alone. You will need to talk to people and get their input.
Does Fusion Go charge for its services? We value the service we offer as do the Climber businesses we have supported - see our Climber businesses page. Our service is more bespoke to the needs of the entrepreneurs and businesses we support than any other business support service we are aware of locally. We get to know your business inside out. In return we require your commitment and some 'skin in the game'. You need to be serious about your business. Consequently we do charge for our services but at a very competitive rate. Details of our pricing can be sought from Fusion Go via firstname.lastname@example.org.