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Fuelling Growth for Scale-Stage Ventures

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readiness support for 
growth founders

Ascend will support scale-stage ventures to access fundraising support and thrive in a competitive business environment. Through a 3-month investment readiness accelerator, the businesses will receive funding and business development advice, mentorship, relationship brokerage and peer to peer support.


After the accelerator, businesses enjoy continued robust support, including access to investor networks, pitching opportunities, and co-working spaces.

What you need to know

Our three-stage application process ensures that applicants and their businesses are at the right stage of their journey to gain the maximum benefit from this amazing opportunity. To apply successfully, it's important to meet the application criteria and ensure your business aligns with the programme's requirements.

​Your Business
  • Uses digital technology to operate or deliver your value proposition

  • Revenue-generating and/or VC backed

  • Planning to raise funding within the next 12-18 months, with a targeted range of £250,000 to £750,000

  • Demonstrably growing customer base and/or market share

  • London-based business


We are a diverse consortium delivering this programme and welcome applications from individuals representing various communities including marginalised founders such as those with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ community and ethnic minorities.


During this phase, businesses will receive support and guidance to become investment-ready. This may involve refining their business plans, improving financial projections, and enhancing their overall value proposition.

What we

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There are only 35 spaces available on this unique 12-week programme, delivered through a combination of virtual and in-person events from October 2023 through to December 2023.

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This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
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