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

Cohorts begin: 3 June and 15 July

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 two hours of self-learning and a one-hour live session required each week.

Blended learning

The training 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.

It is delivered online using a mix of self-paced learning where you decide when and where to engage with the digital course content and live sessions with the trainers, mentors, and a group of peer companies.

Throughout your training, you will be supported by a team of highly experienced mentors with digital innovation and telecommunications backgrounds.

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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 & mentors

You will be supported by a team of highly experienced mentors with digital innovation and telecommunications backgrounds.

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.

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