In 2015 Wales joined 7 other global regions to participate in a 2-year program delivered through MIT’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s) Sloan Management School, known as the Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme – or REAP.  

Through REAP, Wales had an opportunity to collaborate with MIT and other participating regions in developing a tailored strategy to put innovation-driven entrepreneurship at the heart of job and wealth creation.

The REAP model is based on true engagement and alignment between five core stakeholder groups; government, corporate, academia, risk capital, and the entrepreneurial community. This is a consistent foundation of all successful world economies. 

This is where BeTheSpark comes in...

BeTheSpark is a movement to stimulate and engage everyone in the Welsh ecosystem to drive innovation driven entrepreneurship across the whole country. 

In achieving these aims we want to ensure that innovation and commercial opportunities are VISIBLE; that the key influencers, decision makers and financiers CONNECT with each other: and make the entrepreneurial landscape in Wales as SIMPLE as possible to understand and navigate for everyone.

Creating a visible, simple and connected entrepreneurial ecosystem within Wales.


Meet the Advisory Board Behind the movement

Nine of Wales’ most prominent figures from business and academia have joined forces to spark this movement – offering inspirational leadership to combine innovation and entrepreneurship and transform Wales into a world-class destination for companies of all sizes.

Get involved

If you’re an entrepreneur, an expert in your field, or you want to bring an idea to life, this is your chance to connect with like-minded people, share your ideas and activities and seek support for your challenges.

Looking for business support now?

Whether you have a business idea that you want to bring to life, an early stage business or looking to grow and scale, BeTheSpark can offer you the support you need to help take your business to the next level. BeTheSpark is the hub and touchpoint of everything entrepreneurship throughout Wales.