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Ascend Cohort Grid

Fuelling Growth for Scale-Stage Ventures

Investment
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.

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Ascend Xtension
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Ascend Xtension, is an extension of the Ascend programme supporting scale-stage ventures led by women, non-binary individuals, and entrepreneurs who identify as disabled to raise finance. Ventures will receive funding and business development advice, mentorship, relationship brokerage and peer-to-peer support.

 

The programme opens up resources and support from the Ascend programme to a broader community of ventures. By taking part in the programme, Ascend Xtension participants will access the same robust support, including access to investor networks, pitching opportunities, and co-working spaces as the Ascend cohort.

  • Uses digital technology to operate or deliver your value proposition

  • Demonstrably growing customer base and/or market share

  • Revenue-generating, VC backed and or planning to raise funding within the next 12-18 months, with a targeted range of £250,000 to £750,000

  • London-HQd 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.

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Investment
Readiness

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

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What we offer

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Timeline

There are only 13 spaces available on this unique programme, delivered through a combination of virtual and in-person events from January through to March 2024.

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

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