Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Programme

The Innovate UK Scaleup Programme helps the highest potential businesses realise their ambitions.

The Programme Vision

Delivering growth at scale is at the heart of Innovate UK’s emerging strategy for business innovation in the UK. Innovate UK EDGE is a key enabler of this strategic priority and through the Scaleup Programme, helps the highest potential businesses realise their ambitions.

Scaleups have a disproportionately large economic impact: They bring solutions to market, create highly skilled jobs, drive up productivity and maintain UK competitiveness. It is incumbent on us as the UK’s innovation agency to develop businesses that grow through innovation and can go on to do so at a meaningful scale.

Funded by Innovate UK EDGE
The programme is fully funded by Innovate UK EDGE as part of their initiative to scaleup innovative UK businesses.

https://www.innovateukedge.ukri.org/
Delivered by the EEN
The programme is delivered by the Enterprise Europe Network who exist to help UK companies scale into Europe.

https://een.ec.europa.eu/
Supported by Inventya
The programme is supported by Inventya. Our expert team will guide you through, and help you get the most value from, the Scaleup programme.

How will the Scaleup Programme support your growth journey?

Expertise, Knowledge & Connections
You’ll have full access to the breadth of our Scaleup Board, where expertise, knowledge and connections are shared and utilised to help your business grow.
Intensive, Customised Support
Based on need, with appropriate time allocation - the Scaleup programme supports you every step of the way and your support time is not limited or restricted to a set number of days.
Bespoke Action
Plan
Working with a dedicated Scaleup director, the key barriers to scaling will be identified and discussed, leading to a bespoke action plan being agreed and actioned.
Industry Expertise
Together, the Scaleup director board have expertise across a wide variety of markets, products and geographies.
Funded Support
Our support is fully funded by Innovate UK. Access all the support you need to scale for free.
Strategy & Growth
We can help you build a strategy, devlop a plan and deliver your growth goals.
Industry Connections
Find partners across the world, from distribution to manufacturing, research to marketing.
Explore new Markets
From market validation to product exploration we have the expertise to help you scale.
Training & Workshops
Our experienced directors can help your team develop key skills that scale with your business.

Our Board of Scaleup Experts

The Scaleup Board is made up of over 20 Scaleup Directors and 8 Advisors. Below is the list of the Scaleup Board members who work for Inventya, this is not exhaustive, and when you enrol in the programme you’ll have access to every single valuable member of our impressive and experienced Scaleup Team.
Adrian Allen
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Aldo De Leonibus
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Angela Hodgson
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Brian More
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Charles Ward
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Chris Ellis
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Chris Price-Jones
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Chris Speakman
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Craig Huntingdon
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Emma Douglas-Beet
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Heather Abrahams
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
James Doherty
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Jim Tunstall
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Programme Lead
Joanne Phoenix
Innovate UK Scaleup Director
Kathryn Green
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Malcolm Cohen
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Neil Donald
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Paul Jenkinson
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Steve Smith
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Tony Brooks
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director
Viney Chauhan
Innovate UK EDGE Scaleup Director

How do I join the Scaleup Programme?

1. Invitation to submit an Expression of Interest

Following an initial call with a Scaleup Director to discuss your strategic growth plans and the Programme’s specific value added support, you will be invited and supported to submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI).

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2. Evaluation by Scaleup Board

Our expert Delivery Board evaluates all EOIs for eligibility. Those EOIs scoring above set thresholds are collectively considered by the Board for progression to the third selection stage: A site visit by two Scaleup Directors.

3. 'Deep Dive' site visit

During the site visit we will get to know more about your business and start mapping out your scaleup aspirations and challenges in order to compile a detailed report, which will comprise the basis of your final stage selection.

4. Scaleup Board final evaluation

After the visit your Scaleup Directors will present your company, via the detailed report to the rest of the board, who in turn collectively decide if you are to be  accepted onto the programme.

5. Implementation

If your application is successful, you will be assigned a Scaleup Director to develop and deliver your bespoke support action plan, addressing the challenges and enablers agreed with you at the site visit.

The programme in numbers

"The Scaleup Programme has been fundamental in getting our heads around what we need to grow our business."

Martin Leeming, CEO
TrakRap

"Aside from capital, our other need is management. This is another aspect where we benefit from being on the Scaleup Programme."

"The Scaleup Programme has given Fast2Fibre a realistic chance to deliver real value to shareholders and to achieve trading objectives."

Paul Hughes, Chairman
Fast2Fibre

"The EEN helped open the doors that we would have found difficult as a small company– and we’ve not had to pay anything for that."

"We are looking to develop global strategic partnerships, and EEN has been able to do that for us."

"Being part of the Scaleup Programme is a great badge of honour."

Tom Dawes, CEO
Valuechain
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Sectors
The Scaleup Programme is one of a number of programmes delivered by Inventya through Innovate UK. See more of our Funded & Growth support or have a conversation with one of our Scaleup Directors.
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