Great British Scaleup Programme


Are you up for a “Series A Growth Challenge?”

logoSince the launch of our Great British Scaleup programme, 40 high-potential UK tech SMEs have been selected to have their business plans scrutinised by TechMarketView research directors and successful entrepreneurs from our partners, ScaleUp Group, to help them improve the chances of getting growth funding.

We’ve achieved our best success with Series A funding prospects, so we are dedicating our sixth Great British Scaleup event to those UK tech SMEs that envisage needing Series A funding within the next 3-18 months.

Here’s how it works

You need to apply to attend a Pre-Qualification Session. This is a 90-minute, in-depth confidential review with TechMarketView and ScaleUp Group. We’ll ask you to take us through your business plan to understand why you believe you can rise to the “Series A Growth Challenge”. The most promising candidates will be invited by ScaleUp Group for further discussion with a view to mapping out a path to funding.

We will be holding Pre-Qualification Sessions at the offices of industry association techUK in London on 22nd May 2019.  

What's in it for me?

You’ll get the benefit of an independent, constructive critique of your business plan by some of the UK’s most respected market analysts and successful entrepreneurs absolutely free. Time and again we are told by Great British Scaleup candidates that this is insight ‘money can’t buy’. Indeed, our advice has often become an integral part of the company’s strategy. You can see plaudits from previous Great British Scaleup candidates further down the page.

In addition, every company selected to attend a Pre-Qualification Session will get coverage by TechMarketView in UKHotViews, arguably the most influential daily commentary on the UK tech scene, and also through our social media channels. UKHotViews reaches thousands of executives, professionals, investors and entrepreneurs in the tech sector every working day, as well as Government, commercial enterprises and the media. Time and again we are told that coverage by TechMarketView ‘starts the phones ringing’.

Who is eligible?

You must be a fast-growing, privately-held UK-headquartered tech SME with recurring revenues of circa £1m p.a., growing by more than 30% p.a. The company Founder/CEO/MD and at least one other member of the executive team must be available to attend the Pre-Qualification Session if selected. Companies not meeting the criteria are welcome to apply for consideration in future programmes.

Companies not meeting the criteria are welcome to apply for consideration in future programmes.

How do I apply?

You need to complete our online application form here. Entries close on Wednesday 24th April. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 8th May. There is no fee required.

Apply now for the Great British Scaleup Series A Growth Challenge and turn your business plan into a growth opportunity!

About ScaleUp Group

logoScaleUp Group was formed by experienced entrepreneurs to “Grow Global Champions” by offering unrivalled knowledge, insights and connections to technology companies who have the ambition to scale up. Founded by experienced entrepreneur John O’Connell, ScaleUp Group members include award-winning Fintech entrepreneur Lisa Powis, software entrepreneur Martin Fincham, prolific tech investor Nick Kingsbury, and serial fintech entrepreneur Duane Jackson, among many others. ScaleUp Group members have been involved in successful exits totalling over £4bn and can call upon a network of over 100 UK and international investors to find the ‘right fit’ for a scaleup business. Contact: Paul Excell,

About techUK

logotechUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses. techUK is a proud supporter of the TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme.

What do scaleups say about the Great British Scaleup programme?

logo“The Great British Scaleup event was beneficial in many ways. As you scale a business it is easy to concentrate on the tactical and neglect the strategic. The Scaleup event bought the bigger picture back into focus for our team and it was so valuable to have the ScaleUp team agree with some of our strategies, but also to push us to look at other areas in different and more challenging ways. There was over a 100 years of very successful scaling up experience looking at and discussing our plans for the future, it's hard to put a value on that! I couldn't recommend the Great British Scaleup event strongly enough.”

Simon Fowler, Chief Executive, XCD

logo“Yesterday's event was fascinating and rewarding. We presented our business strategy, which is quite complex and ambitious, but it was amazing how easily the vastly experienced panel were able to drill down to the essence of our business and question some of the key assumptions and decisions we had made. This session has already changed some of our thinking and some of the planned follow ups are going to help us to test out some important adjustments that we're planning to make."

Terry Pudwell, CEO Assuria

logo“To a great extent I think the value in participating comes from the opportunity for reflection during the preparation and candour during the process, to look inward as well as outward, something that SMEs perhaps do less than they should owing to operational/tactical pressures.  This is less about the strategic intent of a business than holding up a mirror and working out what to do (and which of those is achievable) in response to what you see.”

James Cutler, CEO, emapsite

logo‘What was particularly useful about the day was the opportunity to engage objectively with independent and experienced individuals with a deep knowledge of the software sector and it provided a unique opportunity to challenge our articulation of our strategy as well as the strategy itself.  We look forward to receiving the observations and recommendations as part of the session feedback.”

Andy Nightingale, Managing Director, Worksmart

logo"The GBS program was an excellent opportunity for in independent review of our business and growth strategy from a team focused on providing unbiased feedback and input, rather than with a specific investment agenda. It was a valuable and useful session, and the feedback received was helpful input as we continue our hyper-growth strategy. Some of the areas of discussion have already been adopted and baked into our plans for the current and next FY."

Terry Walby, CEO, Thoughtonomy

shield"It was wonderful for Shield Safety Group to be recognised by TechMarketView as a Great British Scale up.  The assessment process was very rigorous and highlighted strengths and areas of business that require more work, this information was very useful in prioritising our current action plan."

Mark Flanagan, CEO, Shield Safety Group

logo"Working with the Scaleup team has been enjoyable, straight forward and beneficial.  ScaleUp helped us set our own expectations and structure our proposition. With their experience and markets contacts we are on track to partner with a new investor."

David Cocks, CEO, CloudTrade

logo"The interview process was also valuable in that it allowed us to explore the scaling topics openly and in depth, highlighting the good, bad and ugly in a safe environment. In many cases this exposed known challenges but the external insights into those challenges is of great value."

Mike Taylor, CEO, Innovise