Leeds Innovation Centre
103 Clarendon Road
T: 0113 384 5640
F: 0113 384 5846
Connect Yorkshire was founded in 2001 as a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of helping Yorkshire companies gain the equity and debt funding they required. Over the subsequent 12 years it trained Yorkshire companies to become investment ready and attractive to funders with the result that it helped the companies raise almost £50m in equity-an outstanding success.
During these 12 years it was supported each year both financially and with free advice by Yorkshire’s top professionals including the big 4 accountants, the leading lawyers such as DLA Piper (the founder of Connect Yorkshire), Walker Morris and Ward Hadaway and by financiers such as Rothschilds, Apax and LDC. It also won 3 successive contracts from Yorkshire Forward, the then regional development agency.
In 2011 Connect Yorkshire launched the Connect Gazelles to continue to help Yorkshire companies grow; the Connect Gazelles is a membership group supported by over 40 of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs who give their time free. The Connect Gazelles is now the only activity carried on by Connect Yorkshire. One of the many fantastic benefits available to members of the Connect Gazelles is to receive pitch mentoring and to present at an Investment Forum which is the prime activity carried out by Connect Yorkshire over the last 12 years.
If you would like any further information please contact
0113 384 5642
0113 384 5643