Scaling materials, manufacturing, mobility, clean growth and infrastructure systems companies
There’s never been a better time to start a business in the UK
But it’s just as important that the support doesn’t drop off a cliff once a business has taken off and started to grow. In fact, that’s exactly when we need to nurture them the most.
That’s why Plexal has been commissioned by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to identify and support firms that have the potential to scale in specific sectors.
The pilot is focusing on early-stage businesses in the materials, manufacturing, mobility, clean growth and infrastructure systems sectors. As well as creating jobs and economic growth, these companies are defining what we make, the way we move people or goods and how we power our cities. And it’s these innovative businesses that have the potential to tackle our biggest societal challenges, from ageing populations to climate change.
About the pilot
Our pilot is aimed at understanding the needs of companies in specific sectors. We’ll then use those insights to provide bespoke support that helps them address the biggest challenges.
The Innovate UK Scaleup Pilot is divided into two parts:
The first stage is all about identifying the general and sector specific challenges companies face when they scale.
We’ve used a questionnaire to understand the growth potential of each business and the addressable barriers they’re facing. We’ve identified challenges across the sectors and stages of a company’s lifecycle.
This data will inform the practical support we offer during the programme, as well as help Innovate UK learn more about how they can support growing businesses in the future. The information we gathered during this stage has been anonymised and shared with all applicants.
The second part of the programme is the four-month support period which will launch on 6 November.
This is when we’ll shape the support offered to help each participating company overcome their unique challenges through mentorship and tailored one-on-one support. We’ll also help them make the right connections, whether it’s with investors, academic institutions, industry, a fellow scaleups or public and private sector organisations crying out for their service or product.
Meet the cohort
Corporates, funders and mentors
How to get involved?