Entrepreneurs

Do you dream of starting your own high growth business, with the flexibility and freedom that comes with being your own boss?

Could you grow and scale a business to £1m turnover within three years?

If you have the capability, confidence and a strong concept, we’d like to hear from you.

High Potential Startups is designed to provide all the help you need to make your ambitious vision a reality.

If you’ve got the idea and experience, we’ll help you test market ideas, understand your customer base, fill skills and knowledge gaps, explore how to access finance and find co-founders.

This is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to start a high growth business with a comprehensive and holistic package of support.

Applicants enrolled onto High Potential Startups will benefit from:

  • A series of six structured, intensive and highly immersive workshops designed to inspire and move you through the business planning process and towards business formation. Workshops will be complemented with a range of high-quality learning materials, tools and techniques provided both online and face to face.
  • One-to-one coaching will help you to develop yourself and your ideas.
  • Volunteer mentors and specialists who can support the development of your business.
  • Investor relations and investment readiness support with managed introductions to potential investors.
  • The offer of a grant to help you get your business off the ground.
  • Celebration events and connecting you with the High Potential Startups community.

You can find out more by taking a look at our FAQ’s and eligibility criteria – then if you think it’s for you – let us know, by completing the short form at the bottom of the page.

Finally, the push your startup has been waiting for

If you have an idea for a new, high growth business, you’re in the right place.

The High Potential Startups programme will help you to bring your idea to life, bigger and better than you can alone. We’ll help you test your idea, understand customers, fill skills gaps, access finance and find co-founders.

Expressions of Interest for the fourth round of High Potential Startups are now open.

Make the leap now.

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