Milton Keynes City Council is funding a new scheme through The Milton Keynes Investors Group to provide five start-ups with up to £7,000 each to develop their business.
The MK Tech Fund is for tech businesses based in Milton Keynes who have fewer than ten employees and who have been trading for less than three years. By ‘tech’ the city council means the business is either developing new technology or using existing technology in an innovative way.
Milton Keynes has one of the highest levels of start-ups in the UK and the city council wants to ensure that tech talent stays within the city, creating new jobs and opportunities as businesses grow.
Founders are encouraged to apply for a grant – which doesn’t need to be repaid - if they need a modest cash injection to get them to the next level or to get a specific project off the ground, perhaps to investigate a patent, or cover legal or marketing costs.
One of the five firms will then be offered an additional £5,000 next year following a ‘dragon’s den’ style pitch.
The funding comes from the city council’s £3.5m Economic Recovery Plan, which it has used to support hundreds of businesses and local employees and entrepreneurs following the pandemic.
The scheme, which opens for applications today, is managed by The Milton Keynes Investors Group (MKIG), which is the largest not-for-profit angel network in the UK. MKIG provide a free pitching platform for founders, with no success fees, and are frequently approached by MK-based micro businesses for this kind of funding.