The Dotforge Accelerator Programme has been developed and is being delivered by Jag Goraya and Emma Cheshire, in partnership with Jon Bradford.
Dotforge programme manager Jag Goraya has more than 15 years’ experience as a digital strategist, business analyst, programme manager and mentor, working with start-ups, SMEs and FTSE 100 companies. He is a founder of Startup Club, a growing organisation that brings together and supports creative and digital entrepreneurs.
He was the catalyst for Open Data Sheffield, which wants to see data held by public sector organisations made more accessible and a founder of the GIST Foundation, which aims to encourage people to share their passion for technology.
Emma Cheshire was involved in the pioneering early stage technology and content investment programme MELT which later became Channel 4’s digital investment unit, 4iP.
She managed a digital content investment fund for Screen Yorkshire and, prior to that, was part of a team, involving the Arts Council and accountants and business advisers PwC, which aimed to turn around failing creative and cultural businesses.
Jon Bradford launched Europe’s first technology accelerator, The Difference Engine, and went on to start more than a dozen business accelerators from Montreal to Moscow.
He is now managing director of TechStars, the London-based organisation that provides seed funding from more than 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors for technology oriented companies that are web-based or other software companies.