RAEng Scale Up Accelerator

Status: This programme is currently closed to applications

SME LeadersWe run this programme twice a year. If you want to apply another time and to be notified when we re-open applications, please register here.

Nurturing Leaders. Growing Companies.

The Scale Up Accelerator is a new programme that builds on the previous SME Leaders programme, enhancing its content to support ambitious decision makers of UK scale ups.

Start the application process here.

This six-month programme, run twice a year, supports individuals in executive roles to develop their leadership skills in high-growth engineering and technology SMEs which display excellence in engineering.

Places on the programme are gained through a competitive application process with the best applicants awarded a place and membership of the Enterprise Hub.

If you have plans to scale-up your enterprise and want guidance on navigating growth challenges, then this programme is for you.

Please see the Essential Guidance Notes for the full eligibility criteria. Please read these notes before completing the application form.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact sarah.gummer@raeng.org.uk or call 020 7766 0624 (calls to this number will still be answered during COVID-19 period)

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What do we provide?

A place on the programme means you will receive:

  • A grant of up to £10,000 to pay for leadership courses of your choice
  • Expert business mentoring
  • One-to-one personal development coaching
  • Workshops, webinars, roundtables, speaker events
  • Access to the Taylor Centre, our co-working and meeting space in central London
  • PR and IP support
  • All travel and accommodation expenses covered for programme activities

This programme is funded by BEIS and a private donor. We do not take equity or charge fees. All support is at no cost to you or your company.

What should you expect from the Scale Up Accelerator?

This programme is designed to prepare you to scale up your company. It's an opportunity to refine your strategy and enhance your leadership skills while continuing to work on your business. The focus of our support will be on six key areas: good governance, product development, customer acquisition, access to new markets, securing growth capital and talent management, alongside continued leadership coaching and development as you undertake your chosen course.

sme leaders mentoringJoin the community

We welcome around 15 scale up leaders per cohort, who you will meet on the induction day, along with the Hub team and some of our key partners. Throughout the six months and as part of your lifetime Hub Membership, you will have the opportunity to share learnings and work with the Enterprise Hub community through training and regular events.

Make invaluable connections ScaleUp Insitute statement

We’ll connect you with a mentor with the right expertise to meet your needs from the Academy’s Fellowship, which is made up of some of the most successful engineers in the UK. Your mentor will be available throughout the six months to help you with your leadership development and business challenges.

As well as connecting you to a mentor, you will also have the opportunity to connect with the Hub’s wider community, which includes investors, expert and professional advisors, government agencies, corporate partners and an expansive entrepreneur network.

Accelerate your growth

Your vision and ambition for growth will drive the need for you to develop your strategy. Whatever your focus for the six months – whether it’s building your team, improving your management skills, or securing growth capital – we’re here to help you. As well as providing one-to-one coaching and mentoring, we will promote your business, host a variety of networking events and SME Leaders induction introduce you to Academy Fellows, investors, industry experts and other entrepreneurs that are designed to help you grow. 


Hub Member for life!

Even when the six months is over, our support continues. You will join our alumni community of Hub Members, and continue to have access to networking events and relevant opportunities that will help grow your business. You can also continue to use the Taylor Centre facilities free of charge to host your own events or meetings. 

What do we expect from you?

We are a charity, so we don’t charge for our services or take any equity. We expect you to commit a few hours per month to the programme. The requirements on the programme are

  • Attend the Induction Day in late September 2021 (date TBC)
  • Attend one coaching session per month lasting 1.5 hours (compulsory)
  • Attend all three People & Culture modules (compulsory)
  • Attend or access at least one session/resource from each of the five other areas of support: good governance, product development, customer acquisition, accessing new markets, securing growth capital
  • We recommend meeting with your mentor once a month (but this isn’t compulsory)

 And remember – the more you put in, the more you get out!         

We run this programme twice a year. If you want to apply another time and to be notified when we re-open applications, please register here.

"Beyond the benefits of the programmes, scholarships, workshops, and other invaluable initiatives, the Enterprise Hub serves as a door to reach out to those who have led ahead of us. The Hub allows us to meet the people who have succeeded in fighting our fight, reminds us why we do what we do, and, ultimately, lift our spirits to continue working harder."

Haikal Pribadi, Founder and CEO of Grakn Labs



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