Worcestershire’s BetaDen’s Linda Smith to step down

Linda Smith

More than 150 businesses, from investment and industry networks, joined BetaDen’s cohort 4.0 showcase to learn more about the innovative products and technologies being developed in the county.

This marks the completion of the nine-month acceleration journey for BetaDen’s 4th cohort of technology businesses. Since the inception of the programme, 40 businesses have received the dedicated mentoring and route to market support, with the next wave of early stage businesses soon to start Cohort 5.0, due to be announced soon.

Following this recent success and the overall achievements of BetaDen to date, the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has confirmed that CEO and Founder of BetaDen, Linda Smith, will be leaving the organisation in April.

Linda has been with the Worcestershire LEP for more than 5 years and with BetaDen since its inception, developing and delivering the commercial accelerator programme to help improve Worcestershire’s placement nationally for business innovation. Linda was also a driving force for the Midlands Cyber cluster programme, helping to strengthen cyber security connections across the region whilst also welcoming national and international delegations.

Linda Smith, CEO and Founder of BetaDen, said: “I am immensely proud of how Worcestershire has supported the creation and delivery of BetaDen. Since launch in 2018 the team and I have worked hard to position the credibility and reputation of Betaden in providing Real Help for Real Tech.

“I’ve met, worked and championed the BetaDen founders and we’re starting to see the rising stars from the programme such as Plinx, Droneprep, CoHo and Veritherm raising investment and creating high value jobs, which is immensely satisfying.

“For myself I’m looking ahead for new challenges and where I can add value utilising both my technology and international business development knowledge and experience.”

BetaDen’s fifth cohort of businesses are due to be announced later this month, for more information on BetaDen and its delivery, visit www.beta-den.co.uk   www.betaden-north.co.uk.

BetaDen North is enabled by Wyre Forest District Council and Worcestershire County Council. This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Launching this month, a series of four challenge workshops at Wyre Forest House will see industry leaders share their knowledge, insight and examples of best practice in developing innovative, low-carbon solutions with businesses of all sizes.

Applications will then open for the Cleantech Bootcamp, where eight participants will be selected to take part in a 60-day programme, receiving specialist support to commercialise their ideas. The programme culminates in a pitch and showcase event, demonstrating innovations born in Wyre Forest to potential customers, partners and investors.