Where Your Ideas
Come to Life

Calling all budding entrepreneurs

in the Stoke-on-Trent area

The Peter Coates Foundation has been born out of Peter Coates’ deep roots in the Stoke-on-Trent area and his philanthropic passion for giving back to his community.

In today’s economy, successful cities are those that are able to attract and retain talented and productive people. The clustering of these people generates new ideas and makes each of us more productive, which in turn makes the places we inhabit more productive, generating increased output and wealth.

The Peter Coates Foundation, through a mixture of educational philanthropy and venture philanthropy, will change the destiny of Stoke-on-Trent by creating a thriving and growing ecosystem of new high tech businesses to drive the economy forward.

Peter Coates

Fast Forward Programme

In 2022, the Peter Coates Foundation teamed up with Staffordshire University to launch the Peter Coates Fast Forward Programme. This unique programme offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for people who have the drive and determination to found their own businesses.

The programme consists of two parts.

Participants will firstly study for a year to achieve a unique MSc in Entrepreneurship at Staffordshire University Business School (with full bursaries available from the Peter Coates Foundation).

At the culmination of the course up to 30 teams of graduates each year can pitch for up to £200,000 of venture capital investment and ongoing mentoring and support (funded by Coates Ventures, through the Peter Coates Foundation) to launch their business ideas.