ScaleUp Programme

The ScaleUp Programme is a fully-funded, free-to-access, ScaleUp Accelerator that helps tech businesses with high-potential achieve more. The programme delivers advice and mentoring from tech leaders who have themselves successfully scaled businesses.

Since launching in 2021, the programme has helped businesses increase revenue, enhance profitability and raise investment to aid growth.

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“It's been great to be part of the ScaleUp Programme and a very valuable use of our time. Through the programme, we've had access to high-quality leaders from across the West Midlands, London and Silicon Valley, who have helped us shape our strategy and vision, brought clarity to our thinking and enabled us to grow by over 50%. I would highly recommend the programme to any tech business looking to scale up and achieve more.”

Chris Woods, CEO & Founder, CyberQ Group2021 ScaleUp Programme Participant

High quality content from tech leaders

Access exclusive content, workshops and mentoring from tech leaders who have successfully scaled their businesses

Guy Kawasaki

Advice from Guy Kawasaki, the former Apple Executive, current Chief Evangelist at Canva and Silicon Valley Investor.

Daniel Priestley

Learn from Daniel Priestley, a best-selling author, award winning entrepreneur and Co-Founder & CEO of Dent.

Jill Palmer

Hear from Jill Palmer, a CEO with a sustained record of delivering success in fast growth, scale up and transformation environments.

Avin Rabheru

A Q&A with Avin Rabheru, CEO & Founder of Housekeep, the 6th fastest growing tech business in Europe.

"Birmingham Tech has played a vital role in supporting businesses progress on their digital transformation journeys, helping individuals adapt and stay connected, and contributing to boosting growth and productivity."

Caroline DinenageMinister for Digital

It’s time to level up

Join our programme and learn how to amplify your growth journey

Develop your growth strategy with tried and tested techniques and expert advice.


Learn vital leadership skills to shape your culture and build successful teams.


Understand the core principles and techniques behind sustainable growth.


Get investment ready, understand routes to funding and get investor introductions.

"Birmingham has one of the proudest histories of creativity and innovation in the world, from photocopiers and x-rays, to Balti and heavy metal music, a legacy which the dynamic businesses I’ve met today and organisations like Birmingham Tech are taking forward."

Paul Scully, Minister for Small BusinessDepartment for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Launch Day

The 2021 ScaleUp Programme was launched at the Innovation Birmingham Campus (part of Bruntwood Sci-Tech) where cohort one were officially onboarded.

Programmes like this are essential in helping tech businesses across the West Midlands realise their full potential. We are pleased to be partnering with Birmingham Tech on this as it aligns with our mission to help digital entrepreneurs at all stages of their growth.”

Dr David Hardman MBE, former Managing Director of Bruntwood Sci-Tech Birmingham

Scale & Succeed

Our ScaleUp programme participants get access to executives who have helped shape some of the world’s biggest tech companies. Our latest cohort were given the opportunity to meet Ash Ali, Just Eat’s first CMO who helped the company to their £1.47 billion IPO (the biggest for a UK tech company at the time). Ash spoke about his journey which has led him to create Uhubs and write an award-winning and best selling book for entrepreneurs (The Unfair Advantage).

Executive Dinners

As part of the programme, we host Executive Dinners, where our entrepreneurs get to meet successful tech founders in a relaxed environment. Our latest cohort experienced a beautiful dinner at The Grand Hotel where they heard from Mike Bristow, CEO & Co-Founder of CrowdProperty – the PropTech businesses which is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe.

Investor Showcase Day

? We celebrated the end of our ScaleUp Accelerator yesterday as cohort one showcased their innovation and progress at our pitching event. We were joined by investors from across the West Midlands and UK who got a chance to see some of our region’s exciting tech companies.

Birmingham sees a significant growth in investment in 2021

A report by high-growth data platform, Beauhurst, has shown Birmingham businesses received more investment in 2021 than they did during the three previous years combined. The research suggests that now is a great time to unlock capital and scale your business.

2021 Cohort Results

100% would recommend the programme

The accelerator has helped us to gain clarity over our future direction and also have the confidence to take ‘the next step’. The engagement with other scale up founders was super useful in understanding the real life problems they faced along the way and how they tackled them.”

Rich Westman, CEO & Founder at Kaido
Businesses Supported

Alongside the 12 businesses on the accelerator, the programme has also supported over 500 businesses, giving them access to exclusive content and support.

ScaleUp Expertise From Tech Leaders

Our content is accessed across the world, helping the global tech community scale.

Kent Holland

Kent Holland is a partner at Cole Group, prior to this, Kent was VP of Sales at one of the fastest growing tech businesses in the US.

Jenny Millar

Jenny Millar demystifies pricing strategy, giving tech founders the clarity and confidence to price their services more effectively.

Dave Carruthers

Dave is an entrepreneur who specialises in high-growth tech businesses and also a video insight evangelist with global ambitions for growth and adventure.

Irene Graham

Irene Graham is the CEO and a board director of the ScaleUp Institute. She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University.

2021 ScaleUp Programme Cohort

West Midlands ScaleUp News

Businesses urged to apply for West Midlands ScaleUp Accelerator

12 Innovative Tech Businesses Selected for ScaleUp Programme

Midlands ScaleUps Raise £241m Of VC Investment in Q3 (KPMG Report)

ScaleUp Programme Collaborators

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