Fast Forward: How to apply

To apply, please read the eligibility criteria below for both startup and scaleup leaders and complete the respective application forms by Monday 17 May 4pm. Please note that:

  • Applications have to be submitted by the Enterprise Hub member only via the online grants system. 
  • First time users of the grant system will need to register with the system and create a profile.
  • Once logged in, select “MyApplications” in the top-left corner, and choose the Fast Forward Programme application form.

Applicants can preview the questions for the application form here.

To apply to programme, please log in or create an account for our online grants system here.

Please note the selection panel may request an interview if more information is required.


Selection process for startup leaders

  • Graduate from an Enterprise Hub programme
  • Developed an innovative solution
  • Funding:
    - Raised at least £350,000 in grant funding or
    - Raised least £250,000 in equity raised
    - Number of employees: at least three

Selection process for scaleup leaders

  • Graduate from an Enterprise Hub programme
  • Developed an innovative solution
  • Finances:
    - An annual turnover of at least £150,000 or
    - Raised at least a Series A investment (between £1.5M and £11M, approximately)
    - Number of employees: 10

What do we expect from you?

We require you to fulfil a minimum attendance requirement of 18 of the 22 learning modules (workshops and 1-2-1s). If you do not complete the minimum attendance, the Academy may review your participation and remove you from the programme.

Who can attend the modules?

Another member of the team can attend the sessions if he/she is an expert on the topic of the stream eg a sales manager can attend a sales workshop.

If the colleague is attending the first 1-2-1 session, he/she will have to attend the follow-up as well


You will be required to provide us with 24 hours’ notice if you are unable to attend a workshop or a 1-2- 1 session. You are allowed to cancel and reschedule only two sessions (either a 1-2-1 session or workshop).

Key dates

  • Application call opens - 19 April
  • Deadline - Monday 17 May, 4pm
  • Announcement for selected candidates - week commencing 7 June
  • Induction Day - 15 June
  • Programme start - 21 June


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