Innovating for Growth Scale-ups

Applications are now open for Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups and will close at midday on Friday 13 September. The programme will run from Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 19 December, complete your application form here.

What is Innovating for Growth?

Innovating for Growth is a European Regional Development Fund programme designed to help small businesses scale-up and grow. We select 18 high-growth businesses each three months to give £10,000 worth of specialist support and tailored one-to-one advice on seven modules, including:

  • Developing a growth strategy
  • Refining your business model
  • Product and service innovation
  • Creating a market strategy and building your brand
  • Maximising your Intellectual Property
  • Business and market intelligence
  • Financial Planning for Growth

    When can you apply?

    Please complete our form below to register your interest for our next intake.

    Click here to complete our eligibility questionnaire.

    Want to find out more? Watch our video to see how we've helped our previous businesses to scale-up and grow.

    What can you expect?

    You might be looking to grow into a new market, launch a new product or implement a new process. Not sure how? Through one-to-one sessions and workshops we'll work together to help you fulfil your growth potential. You will also get automatic membership to our Growth Club where you will have the opportunity to network with over 500 other high-growth, scale-up business owners and keep in touch with your Relationship Manager. Other benefits of the Growth Club include: 

    • Quarterly events
    • Press and PR opportunities
    • Becoming a mentor for the Start-ups Mentoring programme
    • Opportunities to speak at our series of Start-up Star events
    • Meet the Buyer events
    • Complimentary tickets for our series of Inspiring Entrepreneur events

    Find out more about previous Innovating for Growth businesses here.

    What are the requirements?

    • Your business has a turnover of £100,000 or more
    • Your business is based in London
    • You can commit to a minimum of 12 hours over three months
    • You have big ambitions to scale and grow your business.

    Applications have now opened, click here to complete our eligibility form!

    Start-up support programme

    If you're not quite ready for our scale-up programme but want to know the essentials for running your small business read about our start-up programme here.

    ERDF

    This programme is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the British Library.

    Click the below image to see our latest video.

    The consultants we had access to were a group of 'doing people' who took an objective view of our business, made clear and concise recommendations and showed genuine interest in helping us succeed. This has led to tangible business benefits we are now feeling six months later. Starting and growing a business is never easy. I truly believe that having access to this team of skilled consultants with real experience and genuine enthusiasm for our business has been a marked factor in our success… We are now more adaptable, command a stronger brand and think progressively about our short and mid-term growth. In an ever competitive SME landscape this is the sort of advantage that differs successful companies from failure

    James Dean, Sensat Ltd

    The programme gave me the tools and information I needed to get serious about growing my business

    David Showell , Zooey

    After leaving the [Innovating for Growth] course, I also recently finished a four month process of personal coaching... the combination of both courses has revealed a new direction for the business and a very deeply embedded ambition in me as a leader of it all! It's such a relief to now have the clarity to be able to move forward and be able to make more meaningful decisions in the day to day… At the time I was quite frustrated on occasion that I wasn't able to answer a lot of the future-looking questions... now looking back, all the questions were part of the journey to this point!

    Alice Mayor, We Built This City

    I found it very motivational, instructive and extremely useful to attend – it was very specific for my business

    Terry Morgan, Debaere

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