Introducing PARSE: A new peer to peer network for startups in Leeds

Paceline Strategy and PR is excited to announce the launch of PARSE – Peer Advisory Roundtables for Startup Entrepreneurs – a brand new initiative in the growing Leeds tech scene that seeks to harness the power of collaboration among the city’s most exciting new businesses.

Find out what the programme entails, who it’s for, and how you can apply below:


PARSE is an exciting new peer advisory programme, designed and delivered by Paceline PR & Strategy and supported by Leeds City Council and Bruntwood SciTech


The brainchild of city advocate and recent winner of the City Region Leader Award for Leeds at Northern Leadership Awards, Stuart Clarke, PARSE is a free initiative that brings together small cohorts of tech startup founders to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and tackle challenges in a series of formal two-hour sessions, over a six month period.

The programme aims to build on the existing support available within the Leeds startup ecosystem, and help the city’s innovators and entrepreneurs to harness the power of collaboration.

“Research shows that peer to peer networks enable stronger relationships and encourages faster learning. In peer groups, everyone has something to learn and something to contribute, and we’re really excited to bring Parse to Leeds and help to grow the startup sector within the city ”

Stuart Clarke, Founder and Director, Paceline

By bringing together founders, PARSE aims to help build the resilience of its entrepreneurs, widen the founders’ organic trusted support network, and leverage the power of the community for the good of the founders, their businesses and the wider tech sector. 


In addition to facilitating roundtables between the startup entrepreneurs, enrolment in the PARSE scheme affords members access to a wide pool of industry expertise, an alumni network and also allows for rapid testing and discussion of ideas within a secure peer-to-peer environment. PARSE will also help to welcome founders from more diverse backgrounds into the Leeds tech scene, offering the tools, expertise and guidance necessary to support their growth. 


The programme has been made possible thanks to a successful bid for funding as part of the Leeds City Council Innovation@Leeds scheme. The scheme, which is set to open the door to a bright business future for a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, has allocated funding to nine successful applicants who’ll each receive grants to deliver training, mentoring and other forms of support for those looking to develop their own innovation-led business. 


Among the successful Innovation@Leeds applicants are Open Innovations, FinTech North, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Whitecap Consulting, AI Tech North, The Grad Soc, No Code Lab and Nexus in collaboration with NorthInvest. The grants will be used to fund conferences, workshops and peer support groups for a diverse set of innovators from across the city, giving them access to the latest information on technology trends as well as opportunities to build valuable business connections.

“We already have a fast-growing digital sector and plenty of fantastic, forward-thinking companies. Innovation@Leeds should now help shape a new generation of entrepreneurs who will write the next chapter in the city’s burgeoning tech success story.”

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Executive member for Economy, Culture and Education at Leeds City Council

The PARSE scheme will also be supported by Bruntwood SciTech, whose dedication to driving growth in the science and technology sectors will see them offer up space at their Leeds hub Platform, to host the monthly PARSE roundtable sessions. 


The scheme has already been met with enthusiastic approval from the Leeds tech sector, with Saile Villegas, Co-Founder of SeeAI citing PARSE as “a great example of the supportive culture that the Leeds community has to offer and a demonstration on how each part of the Leeds ecosystem is working well together to help the city thrive.”


Will Smith, Co-Founder of Fintech startup Tred, said “Although all businesses are unique, the problems we face aren’t. PARSE helps share experience from people who are going through it. It’s there to boost the Leeds tech scene”


Applications are now open for our first two cohorts, so if this sounds like it could be the next step on your startup journey, click here to get started.



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