Flourishing Exeter Start-ups Look Back To Their Beginnings
Two years ago, the first cohort of Exeter start-ups joined Exeter City Futures start-up support programme, Exeter Velocities. Two of the Exeter start-ups, who now have customers all across the city, are celebrating the growth of their businesses, with full rebrands and a big thank you to Exeter Velocities for giving them such great support when they needed it.
Philippa Roberts, CEO of Binit, said:
“The support and funding we accessed through being part of the Exeter Velocities programmes was invaluable to Binit as a start-up. It enabled us to turn our ideas into a viable business plan for delivering our vision of customer-centric recycling and rubbish services to local businesses. Two years on and we have customers right across the city and have just launched the first phase of an app, to make it even easier for customers to access our services”
The Exeter Velocities programme also sparked collaboration between Binit and fellow start-up, Escargo, currently in the process of rebranding to CoDelivery as they merge with Exeter’s shared electric car and bike companies, CoCars and CoBikes. CoDelivery’s electric cargo cycle now collects bags of waste electricals from Binit customers, meaning zero emission pick-ups and less congestion on Exeter roads.
Jenny Ryding, MD of CoDelivery, said:
“Like Binit, we were lucky enough to benefit from being part of the first ever Nurture programme cohort. Our vision; to use pedal power to keep fuel miles in Exeter down and at the same time helping local businesses avoid getting caught up in congestion has really come to life. Along with Binit’s WEEE bags, we are now working with many other Exeter businesses to move stuff around the city. All without the need for vans and fossil fuels!”
Gosbert Chagula, Ecosystem Manager at Exeter Velocities, explained:
“Exeter Velocities is Exeter City Futures innovation programme that offers support and grant funding for start-ups and early stage ventures with ideas for sustainable cities. By offering start-ups like Binit and Escargo the opportunity to access mentors, funding, training and a network to shape their concepts into a realistic business proposition we are able to help them thrive. Watching them grow and now making impact on the City of Exeter is incredibly rewarding”.
If you are an Exeter based start-up looking for a bit of help to get you on your way, visit the Exeter Velocities website.
Closing date for the next ECF Nurture programme is June 2019. For further information contact Vicky Garner on 07464 434465