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Support for deep-tech start-ups to scale within the telecoms sector

Cohorts begin:

5 August (e-learning only)
2 September 2024
30 September 2024


Specialist telecoms business support

Support to scale your business

Raise investment for your R&D

Work with expert mentors & academics

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About the support

The telecoms industry is constantly evolving. There are opportunities for a wide range of technologies to shape its future; however, translating innovation into commercial offerings can be challenging, and you can’t do it alone. You need academic and corporate partners, proof of concept pilots, test beds, grants, investment, and so much more.

You will explore telecoms sector investment trends, position your start-up for the right investment stage, learn how to position your business for investment and look at opportunities for investor connections.

Each cohort runs for three weeks, with 1-2 hours of self-paced learning to complete each weekly module, followed by a one-hour online live session with our coaches and trainers each week. 

Blended learning

The Transforming Telecoms programme has been designed to be as accessible and efficient as possible, maximising your learning while limiting the time you need to spend away from your business.

The programme is delivered entirely online using a mix of self-paced learning on our e-learning platform which features interactive modules on different topics each week.

The e-learning modules are followed by live sessions with the trainers, coaches, and a group of peer companies, allowing you to discuss the weekly module content, share your opinions and seek expert advice.

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Who should apply?

It’s for any deep tech start-up with applications in telecoms, including but not limited to:

  • Security technologies
  • Wireless network technologies
  • Core network technologies
  • AI
  • Compound semiconductors
  • Quantum computing
  • Non-terrestrial networks
  • Optical communications and photonics
  • Network management, IT & Cloud
  • Silicon, chips & electronics

Meet the trainers & coaches

You will be supported by a team of highly experienced trainers and coaches as well as further support and technical expertise with coaches from our partners.

Chris Pett, UKTIN Specialist Advisor, SETsquared


Chris Pett is experienced in working with company founders and innovators to grow their business from startup to scale, focusing on go-to-market strategy, investor-readiness and innovation portfolio management. He works with accelerator and incubator programme leads to create world-class training for startup and scale-up company founders, as well as technology transfer/spinout support for university research commercialisation teams.

Stephen Mayers


Stephen is a technology leader with over 30 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications sector. He has held a variety of senior technical, sales and delivery positions for Telco operators and vendors, SMEs, and three scale-up companies (including Orange). Holding an MBA to complement his extensive industry experience, he specialises in scaling start-ups, pre-sales, leadership coaching and programme management.

Jenny Pater


Jenny Pater is a NED, Fractional COO, Certified Leadership Coach and Lawyer. With over 12 years’ experience in the innovation & start-up space, she’s held pivotal commercial and leadership roles within VC-backed startups from Seed to Series C. Jenny is well versed in the commercialisation of technology & research through her work with leading universities and the Catapult Network. She holds an MSc in Management & Entrepreneurship.


Applications for this support are currently open, apply using the form below. Once completed, a member of the team will contact you.

You can apply for the following upcoming cohorts:

  • 5 August 2024 (e-learning only)
    During the quieter month of August, we want to make sure that you can still take the time to learn and complete our modules, which is why we’ve created e-learning only cohorts. You will have access to the e-learning platform to complete the modules in your own time, but we won’t be hosting any weekly live coaching sessions. To ensure that you’re still able to discuss the content, and meet your peers and our expert trainers, we’re hosting one optional “Meet the Trainer” session in September which will focus on the general themes of the programme strand modules that you will have completed.
  • 5 September 2024 (blended learning cohort)
  • 30 September 2024 (blended learning cohort)
  • 28 October 2024 (blended learning cohort)

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