Welcome to the home of Bristol's internet incubator
In 2014 we ran two programmes of 10 fresh new startups with exciting ideas for new apps and web services and give them a home, some money and 10 weeks of intensive mentoring from a diverse team of Bristol based experts. At the end of each programme we co-hosted a demo day where each startup pitched their world changing idea to a room full of potential investors, the first real step in a journey that could lead to becoming the next big thing....
Having completed two busy programmes in 2014 and incubated 20 great startups we invested in a further five new startups in 2015 and are now closed to any new companies whilst we focus on helping the existing portfolio.
Webstart Bristol is the brainchild of Bristol based entrepreneur Mike Jackson. Since selling his previous company and moving to Bristol from London in 2005 Mike has looked at many different investment opportunities. With a strong tech background having built and run web sites for Microsoft since 1994, Mike saw that investing in a single app or web service can be very high risk.
Reading an article about the original Silicon Valley Internet Incubator, Y-Combinator, in 2011 convinced him that this was the safest route for investing. He then found that existing UK based incubators were mainly in London and required investment through a funding vehicle, not directly into the startups themselves, making it difficult for investors to benefit from the all important SEIS tax relief.
With the establishment of the Engine Shed, Mike saw that Bristol now had the perfect venue for an internet incubator and after assembling a team of top Bristol based mentors and business advisors, Webstart Bristol was born.