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

Specialist telecoms business support

Accelerator support to help scale your business

Raise investment for your R&D

Work with expert mentors & academics

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Incubator support for start-ups innovating with core, wireless and non-terrestrial networks or AI, compound semiconductors, blockchain, quantum, photonics, cyber security, and cloud solutions.

Whether you’re looking to sell your technology solution into the telecoms market or using telecoms assets within your products, this programme will help accelerate your growth and success.

Or perhaps you’ve never even considered telecoms as a market for your technology – we want you to think again!

More about the programme

UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) is the innovation network for the UK telecoms sector. It brings together industry, government, and academia to catalyse R&D investment, cooperation, and commercialisation.

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, testbeds, grants, investment, and so much more.

That’s why UKTIN is offering fully-funded partnership and investment support as a gateway to access the relationships and funds that you need. Designed to complement each other, both strands are offered through online blended learning as part of a company cohort.

Why 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.

Commercialisation through partnerships

Upcoming start dates:

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

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

Understand what future customers and other supply chain partners actually need, connect with potential supply chain partners, develop a strategy to scale, and understand corporate buying processes.

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Investment support – position your business for a successful raise

Upcoming start dates:

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

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

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.

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Meet the trainers & coaches

You will be supported by a team of highly experienced trainers and coaches plus additional support and technical expertise from our partners.

Chris Pett


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.

Who should apply to the telecom incubator?

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

  • University spin-outs
  • Start-ups that have recently moved to the UK
  • 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
  • Photonics

Grow your professional network on the UKTIN Innovation Platform

The support is accessed via the UKTIN Innovation Platform – a digital platform where you can connect with the telecoms supply chain and keep your finger on the pulse of industry and funding news. The UKTIN team is also on hand to help you navigate the sector and signpost you to further support from the wider network.

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“The knowledge and support provided by the trainers and mentors will be a key enabler for our next steps to bringing more secure and greener telecoms to scale.”

“Learning how to position our company to attract the right investors at the right time was great.  We now have a clear roadmap and some action points we can hit to get us where we need to go.”

“It’s a great way of making you analyse your business and receive feedback from others. It helps you focus on where you could improve technically and commercially and pushes you to approach more innovative business models.”


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 of both strands of support – Commercialisation through partnerships and Investment support.

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