ScaleUp programmes

These high-impact and effective programmes are open for scale-up businesses to use and enable their growth. We believe that they also provide valuable lessons and insights about the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems from which many others can learn.

Cambridge Cluster Map

A free online service that draws upon a large number of data sources to showcase the scale-ups around Cambridge, who contribute £13bn to the UK economy each year and employ 57,600 people.

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Future Fifty (Tech City UK)

Selected from an open competition by an independent panel of experts, 50 of the most promising growth-stage digital firms based in the UK are provided with up 24 months of comprehensive, bespoke support designed to foster their continued growth.

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National Cluster Alliance Programme

A national platform that accelerates ecosystem development across 13 of the UK’s leading tech clusters, to share expertise, knowledge, insights and drive opportunities. It provides a national platform for the regions and clusters to gain access to talent, markets, partnerships, capital and to showcase their respective tech communities whilst adding their voice to Government.

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Venturefest Network

A network that brings together innovation ecosystems and their Venturefest events across the UK to strengthen links between innovators, investors and entrepreneurs across a range of sectors, strengthen connections to funding, ideas and support, and share best practice about innovation and driving growth from start-up to scale-up.

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SVC2UK

Brings together early stage investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, students and alumni with leading iconic entrepreneurs from around the world. It acts as a hub for CEOs who are scaling up by curating and aggregate available online and offline content, guidance, and capital sources, tailoring individual solutions to CEOs and focusing on relationship building.

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Manziales-Mas, Colombia

A four year initiative to dramatically increase the concentration of high growth entrepreneurship in the city in Colombia, in partnership with the Babson Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project.

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Scale Up Milwaukee

An action project focused on developing the entrepreneurial capacity in Milwaukee by impacting and aligning policies, structures, programs and climate towards growth entrepreneurship

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Endeavor Programme

Endeavor’s mission is to lead the global movement to catalyse long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world

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Founders4Schools

A programme that helps avert the talent shortage crisis by putting founders of businesses into classroom to speak about why they chose to be an entrepreneur as their top career choice. Business founders speak about what they studied when they were in school, what motivated them to set up their business and why they recommend entrepreneurship as a leading career choice for any person keen to have a positive impact on the world.

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NACUE

A network of organisations of more than 210 entrepreneurial societies helping thousands of students by supporting, connecting and advocating.

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Think Big

Aims to build a more entrepreneurial and digital future for Europe. It gives young people the training, support and money they need to get creative: the space to turn their ideas into actions, learn new skills and create projects – and even to fail. Think Big splits into Think Big Schools and Think Big Youth Programmes.

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Digital Business Academy

A national programme of online learning that gives people the commercial know-how to start, run or join a digital business. Course content is provided by leading universities and grassroots digital skills schools.

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General Assembly

A global community of individuals that delivers best-in-class, practical education in technology, business, and design

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Start-up Institute

A two-month, full-time, training programme to train people in the technical skills and mindset they need to work in fast-growing companies

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ELITE programme

A platform to facilitate long-term structured engagement between private high growth businesses, industry experts and the corporate advisory and investor communities, helping these businesses prepare and structure for further growth and for external investment

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Regional programme to accelerate the growth of high potential small businesses to create jobs and grow economies. There are 250 competitively selected new participants per year, forming cohorts of 25-30 entrepreneurs.

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Santander Breakthrough Programme

A financing and support programme for selected fast-growth companies: between £500k-£25m turnover, growing at 20 per cent per year for past three years in either profit, turnover or employee numbers.

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The Supper Club

Delivers this through a series of carefully designed peer-to-peer learning events, including around 15-20 chaired roundtables per month, to supports high growth amongst CEO/founders of businesses above £1m turnover

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Manchester Growth Hub

A private/public partnership service stimulating business growth and employment creation. It targets services using data that identifies growth businesses and acts as a focal point for businesses seeking growth support.

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Mentorsme

A UK-wide portal for enterprise mentoring to enable businesses to connect with mentoring organisations local to them and take forward a mentoring relationship suitably matched to their needs. Mentorsme now has more than 120 mentoring organisations that house around 27,000 enterprise mentors.

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Mass Challenge

A UK-wide programme based in London and designed to accelerate the early-stage growth of more than 100 high potential and high impact businesses per year, from any industry and business model.

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Business Growth Fund

The UK’s largest provider of growth capital to small and medium sized businesses. Also provides active support at board level with access to a growing network of senior business leaders.

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Entrepreneurial Spark

National free business acceleration programme, built on initial success in Scotland. Offers free workplace, hands on mentoring, a start-up ‘bootcamp’ and a free programme of up to 18 months of advice, support and funding clinics

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Google Campus London

Aims to create an environment that encourages innovation through collaboration, mentorship, and networking. Provides wifi, café, frequent networking, educational and speaking events (on average 100 a month), and co-working space.

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BCS computing curriculum

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, supports the professional development of 70,00+ technology professionals through best practice sharing, technical accreditation and professional recognition. BCS specifically addresses the skills alignment needs between corporates, education providers and future entrepreneurs

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