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The Hub helps ambitious business people to realise their growth potential by offering access to a range of practical services, from assessing growth options to unlocking finance or accessing experienced business mentors.

Accountable to the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, the Business Growth Hub’s challenge is to ensure that companies across Greater Manchester reach their full potential and are able to access the right support and services to meet their needs.

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The official accommodation provider

"At LateRooms.com we specialise in hotels. We offer a dizzying array of properties and millions of deals across the UK and worldwide - from B&Bs to castles to hotels to apartments to chalets... all at unutterably low prices."

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A software company and community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change. Our product division, ThoughtWorks Studios, makes pioneering tools for software teams who aspire to be great; such as Mingle® , Go™ and Twist®, which help organizations better collaborate and deliver quality software. Our clients are people and organizations with ambitious missions; we deliver disruptive thinking and technology to empower them to succeed. In our 20th year, over 2300 ThoughtWorks employees - 'ThoughtWorkers' - are currently serving clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the U.K., and the U.S.

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dotforge is a lean accelerator programme for ambitious tech startups. We help founder teams with product validation, customer development, and raising finance and profile. Our aim is to help entrepreneurs build commercially robust product-based businesses that can scale to reach global markets.

The intensive 3-month mentorship and execution programme is open to startups from across the world. We are based in Sheffield, UK, and are particularly interested in startups building cloud-based platforms with strong B2B or big data focus. Applications for the next round open in autumn 2013, and the programme will run in spring 2014. Follow @dotforge to find out first when applications open.

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The Open Innovation Project aims to create jobs and new businesses by stimulating the application of collaborative open innovation models to co-create and develop new products and services. To do this a partnership of local governments, universities, business support services, and other public bodies deliver a diverse and dynamic programme of activities across the UK, France, Germany, Ireland and Belgium.

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The project is funded by the European Union Interreg IVB NWE Programme. This programme provides partial funding for transnational projects in the North West European Co-operation Zone.

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GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. More than three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.

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Makers Academy is a highly-selective, 12 week full-time program that teaches web development. We accept only the top applicants onto the course for a rigorous program that culminates with graduation (AKA hiring) day where we introduce them to London's top technology companies looking to hire entry-level developers.

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Startup Club is a community of web and tech entrepreneurs who want to build their product startups. We gather a couple of times a month to share practical experiences about the business of startups, from product development to funding, from the marketing to the technology, from business models to customers, from strategy to exit. We're open to anyone who is passionate about their startup, at whatever stage. Keep up-to-date with @startupclubshf and join the conversation with #startupclub on Twitter.

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Lean Startup Manchester (LeanManc) is a community driven group dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in Manchester & North West England understand Lean startup principles.

The group, run by Ben Aldred and Manuel da Costa, meets every month to network and learn aspects of the Lean startup methodology. LeanManc is supported by Tech Hub & Thoughtworks North.

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TechHub is a unique environment where technology startups can start up faster. We nurture an international network of like-minded and focused tech entrepreneurs, providing places where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun. By getting the right people together in a physical space, good things happen.

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