About the Virtual Programme

The ScaleUp Accelerator helps scaling UK tech companies (often B2B SaaS) prepare for strong growth and Series A funding.

The ScaleUp Accelerator adapted its in-person growth and VC readiness programme to remote working practices, and has made all of its growth training keynotes, expert sessions, VC tips and mentoring elements, along with exited entrepreneurs live interactive online.

The ScaleUp Accelerator is the perfect combination of upfront intensive learning and long-term support, with 6 weekly half-day sprints followed by up to 12 months of support until your deal is done. This enables CEOs and founders to develop a credible plan and investor proposition to raise their Series A and grow to £10m and beyond.

We support UK based tech companies that are past or approaching £1m net revenue and fast-growing.

The ScaleUp Accelerator leverages more than a decade of expertise from The Accelerator Network team delivering award-winning programmes and our partner White Horse Capital who are embedded in the VC community. Their supported companies have now raised more than £500m of funding.


Overview of The ScaleUp Accelerator Programme:


Meet Ian Merricks, Founder and Mentor of The ScaleUp Accelerator


Meet Duncan Knight, Investment Director of The ScaleUp Accelerator


Accepted Applicants

You will participate in weekly half day sprints of training and mentoring, with 12 months of ongoing support virtually. The format is live, with scheduled sessions across each sprint (half a day each week over 6 weeks) of interactive online sessions to participate in as a cohort, plus 1:1 video call support discussion for application of the learning into your scaleup.

This ensures you have a clear awareness of the activities that will help you scale, and attract the necessary growth funding.

The programme dives into the key areas of your business supported by experts and investors, plus 1:1 feedback on growth strategy, sales plans, marketing, legals and finance from some of UK’s leading scaleup experts. Thereafter, we continue to provide guidance on business plans and financial models, concluding with highly-curated virtual investor events.

Uniquely post-pitching is followed by comprehensive 1:1 support to help you structure and close your VC round. This will include pro-active investor outreach, qualification, term sheet negotiation support, and advice around the due diligence process through to a successful completion.


No upfront fees. No equity commitment. We are your exclusive fundraising partner, subject to a 5% contingent success fee on completion of Series A funding round (within 12 months of the last investor event).

Our Values

Programme Structure

Programme of training, mentoring and support, starting with 6 half a day deep dives delivered in the first 6 weeks accompanied by continuous 1:1 support up to 12 months. The format is live, with scheduled sessions across each half day sprint, with around 5 hours per week of interactive online sessions to participate in as a cohort, including 1:1 video call support to discuss the application of the learning into your scaleup.

Week 1

Mapping the scaleup journey, measuring progress, the size of the opportunity and how you will get there

Week 2

Tech, team, resourcing – what you need to enable your scaleup to succeed

Week 3

Funding Growth
How to fund your growth plans. Comprehensive assessment of funding options – equity funding ladder, non equity options

Week 4

Go To Market
Clear go to market strategy and sales process to enable sales growth, near and medium term. Practical, actionable sales development techniques and tools

Week 5

Financial forecasting to VC standards (P&L, cashflow, balance sheet, supporting assumptions)

Week 6

Investor Readiness
Best practice and templates for investment legals, proposition, valuation and ROI. How to understand VC Legals for non lawyers
Document Review
1:1 business plan, financial model and other document mark up and review. Virtual support with developing your scaleup investor proposition. Introductions to key partners, mentors, advisors, NEDs etc.
Document Sign Off
Prepare for investment presentations with extensive feedback and support on the entire proposition to help best present your company for the VC audience your are targeting.
Pitch Practice
Receive coaching from our team who have experience of raising numerous Series A deals and from VC’s so you learn directly from them too.
Investor Event
Showcase your business to a group of highly curated investors from VC’s, Corporate Venture and family offices.
Investor Intros
Secure qualified investor interest with direct support to maximise success.
Deal Negotiation
Attending meetings, negotiating termsheets and preparing for due diligence.

Are We a Good Match?

UK Businesses
To take advantage of our predominantly UK focused VC network
B2B, SaaS focused businesses preferred. See ‘OUR SCALEUPS‘ for tech we have supported
Approaching / exceeding £1m pa revenue (min £500k revenue), high growth, 10+ staff
Product market fit achieved. Core team secured, with domain expertise. High growth ambitions
We prioritise companies whose founders have brilliant domain expertise
Intention to raise £1-5m VC funding within 12 months


Entrepreneurs and Startup, Investment and Innovation Professionals who have been where you are

Mentors, Experts, VCs & Partners

The ScaleUp Accelerator’s world class mentors, experts, VCs and partners.

VC Voices

Funded Founders


Participating VCs


This virtual programme is part of The Accelerator Network, with nearly a decade of experience accelerating tech startups and scaleups, in partnerships with White Horse Capital who have advised on £350m+ of fundraises. Hear what companies have to say about their experience.