Activate Startup Programme

The Activate Startup Programme is aimed at early-stage companies with outstanding digital ideas. Through the programme, participants can access specialist support, mentoring and expertise to develop their idea into a viable, investor-ready business.

The Activate Startup Programme includes three key stages:

Foundation programme

This three-week programme helps participants to craft their business model and strategy, as well as perfect their pitch. It also provides support to help participants validate their idea and move towards market readiness. This programme is provided in exchange for 3% equity.

Traction programme

This programme helps participants to take their idea to prototype through design sprints, impact mapping, user testing and proof of traction. This will help participants ensure they are delivering a product or service that users want. To fund this part of the programme, Activate leads a mini-raise with its investor group.

Build programme

Using agile development techniques, this programme supports participants to build and launch their product to market. A dedicated project team helps participants to scale and manage their product, as well as providing advice on software infrastructure and security measures. To help build the first version of the product, Activate leads a further raise of capital with an investment of up to £50,000.

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