Scaleup Programme applications open to help digital tech companies navigate rapid-growth challenges

We’re pleased to officially open applications for the second edition of our Scaleup Programme, which is powered by Barclays Eagle Labs and delivered by Plexal.

Running over the course of six months, we’ve designed Scaleup Programme to build the foundation for scaleups to succeed as they navigate their rapid-growth trajectory and the complex day-to-day scenarios that arise as part of scaling up, such as transitioning from founder to CEO and diversifying customer base. 

Covering everything from leadership and sales to fundraising and international expansion, Scaleup Programme will grant access to experts who can help our cohort of 25 companies as they work to solve society’s biggest challenges, from building healthy communities to enabling sustainable innovation and beyond.

Scaleup Programme will offer digital tech businesses impactful sessions of support from Plexal’s connected UK-wide ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors and customers, with content tailored to address the unique challenges faced by fast-growth scaleups.

Emma Marshall, Innovation Ecosystem Lead at Plexal, says: “For our first Scaleup Programme, we worked with 25 scaleups from across the UK – with Bright Ascension in Dundee all the way down to Vault X in Poole. Coming into Scaleup Programme for a second year, we’re incredibly excited to review the applications from innovative fast-growth businesses from every corner of the nation and welcome them into our community – so get submitting now!”

Harry Baker, Scaleup Programme Manager at Barclays Eagle Labs, says: “Eagle Labs support entrepreneurs and businesses in the UK by providing them with opportunities to maximise growth through initiatives like the Scaleup programme.  We’re proud to be working with Plexal, and excited to see the 2024 cohort of businesses thrive.”

Applications are now open and we’re looking to hear from UK companies with more than ten employees, £1m+ in turnover or investment and 20% growth in turnover or headcount year-on-year for the past three years. If this sounds like you get in touch.

You have until Sunday 18th August to submit your applications, with those successfully chosen finding out by the end of September ahead of an in-person kick-off in late October. 

Here’s what graduates from the first edition of Scaleup Programme shared about their experiences:

Trent Peek, CEO at We Are Fulfilment, the sustainable ecommerce shipping solution, shared: “The Scaleup Programme was a great experience, providing plenty of insightful guests, tools and days that we learnt a lot from. The life of a startup is fast paced, unknown and in a constant state of flux, so the most powerful element was being in the same position as all the people around us on the programme, while benefitting from their ideas and feedback too. We would definitely be involved in Scaleup Programme again if the opportunity arose and we’ve already started implementing lessons into the business.”

Georgie Lynskey, CEO G.Digital, shared: “Since joining the Scaleup Programme, we’ve grown loads and doubled headcount – we’ve gone from strength to strength. My advice is: apply – it’s amazing, I’ve learnt so much and I’m really sad that it’s over.”