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Empowering SMEs in defence: how accelerators forge pathways to success amid lingering challenges

25th July 2023 - 09:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Accelerators like Plexal run programmes with government departments to help SMEs get access to defence and other markets. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

SMEs have touted the benefits of accelerators to Shephard in helping them gain access to markets like defence and meet new potential clients.

Speaking to Shephard, DIEM Analytics director Sarah Vincent-Major and Countercraft co-founder Dan Brett both touted the benefits of accelerators for SMEs while detailing the lingering challenges for companies of this size operating in the government space.

Both businesses have worked with Plexal, an innovation hub geared towards solving challenges through collaboration with government, startups, and industry on accelerators it has run.

According to Plexal director of defence James Gayner, the business aims to help close the gaps between ‘public and private, big and small’ to work towards common goals leveraging science and technology.

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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