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The Scale-Up Programme is evolving!

Build business value through innovation and R&D

Raise your profile as part of the award-winning SETsquared university-business network

Secure investment to grow your business


What’s new?

Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Connecting Capability Fund, our Scale-Up Programme has been running since 2018. In that time, it has supported a membership of over 400 deep tech, innovation-led companies to form academic collaborations across the six SETsquared universities and raise public funding and private equity for their research and development.

The Scale-Up Programme is now evolving from its current format into a package of support, which can be accessed via a dedicated online Innovation Platform.

The Scale-Up Impact Report is here!

Published on 19 September 2023, Warwick Economic and Development’s independent Scale-Up Impact Report has revealed that companies supported by the Scale-Up Programme will contribute £1.3bn GVA to the UK economy between 2018 and 2030.

The report also estimates that the Scale-Up Programme has helped:

  • raise £72m collaborative R&D funding for Scale-Up member companies.
  • raise £14.2m collaborative funding for the SETsquared partner universities.
  • secure 111 funded projects, giving a 35.5% success rate of winning grants, compared to an average success rate of 10%.
  • companies secure £713m investment.
Download the Impact Report

How can I engage with growth support going forward?

Join our Innovation platform

Join our fast-growing community of companies at the forefront of digital, scientific and technological innovation. Access exclusive investment, funding and collaboration opportunities, events and peer-to-peer networking, and commercial discounts on software and learning resources to help you raise investment and win grants. Sign up today!

Access new, dedicated sector-based programmes

From telecoms to health, hydrogen to sustainable transport – you can access a range of new sector-based innovation and growth programmes.

Investor Partnerships Future Economy Fund

Accelerate your growth and increase your company valuation by raising joint public and private co-investments. Learn more!

Support opportunities


Investor Partnerships Future Economy Fund

Accelerate your growth and increase your company valuation by raising joint public and private co-investment

Find out more and apply

Telecoms Support Programme

Innovation and investment support for high-tech companies looking to accelerate their growth in the telecoms sector.

Find out more and apply

The FWD Project

A support programme for health and wellbeing businesses in the West of England

Find out more and apply

Hydrogen & Sustainable Transport Economy Accelerator

A package of innovation, investment, and growth support for start-ups and SMEs in the sector, including access to our online community via the Innovation Platform, networking opportunities, one-to-one clinics with advisors and academics in the field, and access to collaborative research and development.

Find out more and apply

Creative Tech Programme

From AI and haptics to immersive tech and world-renowned animation, the region is a hotbed for creative tech talent.

Find out more and apply

Green Futures Programme

From sustainable packaging and clean fuel to AgriTech and re-commerse platforms that stimulate the circular economy, the region is a hotbed for green tech talent.

Find out more and apply

Access the Innovation Platform and support programmes

The Innovation Platform is for innovation-led/R&D intensive companies that are a spin-out, start-up or scaling business and are interested in working with universities. Whilst some sector-based programmes are available, the platform is open to companies across all sectors and technology areas from across the UK.

After clicking the button below, you will be asked to complete a short application form to request to join the Innovation Platform.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please contact us at [email protected]

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