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Startup Guides Published:  Jan 23, 2024 5 min read

Top UK startup accelerators 2024

Suzanne Worthington
Suzanne Worthington

Looking for a launchpad to skyrocket your business? You’re in the right place.
We’re fortunate in the UK because our startup ecosystem is buzzing with some brilliant accelerator programmes. They’re all designed to set you on a course to success, turbocharge growth and connect you with a network of mentors and investors.

There are hundreds of accelerators in the UK, far too many for us to create a comprehensive list. Instead, in this blog post we list some of the major players we see most frequently at SeedLegals. Ready for the rundown? Let’s get started…

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Top UK startup accelerators, incubators and bootcamps

This list is correct at the time of publication. New programmes emerge, existing programmes evolve or close. For the most up-to-date information, check websites or current industry databases such as Crunchbase and news-feeds such as TechCrunch.

In alphabetical order:

Accelerator Academy

Accelerator Academy has rebranded to become VenturePath, with a focus on supporting UK scale-ups – jump to VenturePath 👇

Baltic Ventures

balticventures.uk

Location
Liverpool, England

What they say
“Baltic Ventures is an early-stage tech accelerator based in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool that supports game-changing founding teams who are building the solutions and businesses of tomorrow…  a four-month cohort programme, including £50,000 investment, weekly workshops, VC investor meetings, and mentorship.”

Applications
Application for accelerator 2024 open in spring 2024. Founding teams must be based in Liverpool for the four month programme. Find out more and apply at the Baltic Ventures website.

Bethnal Green Ventures

bethnalgreenventures.com

Location
London

What they say
“We invest in ambitious early-stage tech for good founders. The journey of all our portfolio ventures starts on our programme. We then help you grow with further support and investment up to Series A.”

Applications
Find out more and sign up to get notified when applications are open at the Bethnal Green Ventures website.

London & Partners Business Growth Programme​s

grow.london

Location
London

London & Partners operate various growth programmes for different types of companies:

  • Innovate Zero
    For early-stage companies scaling commercial net zero and decarbonisation solutions.
  • Circular Partnerships
    To catalyse partnerships between circular SMEs and public sector organisations.
  • Evo Fashion
    Supports fashion businesses.
  • Global London
    To support London’s small businesses, with a focus on underrepresented and underserved founders.
  • Expand to London
    For international companies bringing their business to London.
  • Grow London Global
    To take London-based businesses from local to global.
  • Innovation Fellowship
    To develop a fresh innovation strategy.

What they say
“Grow London is part of London & Partners, the business growth and destination agency for London. Our mission is to create economic growth that is resilient, sustainable and inclusive.”

Applications
Find out more about the programmes and apply at the Grow London website.

Entrepreneur First

https://www.joinef.com

Location
London, Paris, Bangalore, San Francisco

Entrepreneur First currently runs two programmes:

  • Graduate
    For students, recent graduates and people with less than two years of professional experience.
  • Core
    For early career professionals, academics and PhD graduates with two or more years of experience.

What they say
“Found, don’t follow. Entrepreneur First invests in exceptional individuals to build startups from scratch.”

Applications
EF Graduate and Core are full-time, in person, startup building programs. EF Find is a weekend-long taste of EF’s startup building programme. Find out more and apply anytime at the EF website.

Hotbed

hotbed.co

Location
Online with some in-person events in London

What they say
“Each quarter, we host a free, bespoke 6 to 10 week programme for early stage founders:
– Workshops delivered by experienced founders
– Weekly opportunities to practise your pitch w/investors
– Track your WoW growth
– Build a peer group of by exceptional founders”

Applications
Hotbed is for founders who have already raised initial capital of at least £75,000 or have £75,000 in revenue over the past six months), and have launched a product. Find out more and register interest anytime at the Hotbed website.

NatWest Accelerator

natwest.com/business/business-services/entrepreneur-accelerator.html

Location
Across UK and Ireland

What they say
“The NatWest Accelerator supports and empowers UK entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to the next level. Our free Accelerator programme specialising in wrap-around support provides: one-to-one coaching, a programme of events, access to a network of like-minded peers, supported by our Ecosystem Managers, focused support, and use of our modern co-working spaces in one of our nationwide hubs.”

Applications
You don’t need to be a NatWest customer. Find out more and apply anytime at the NatWest website.

PwC scale programmes

pwc.co.uk/ux23/products-and-services/pwc-scale-up-programmes.html

Location
London

PwC current run six scale programmes:

  • FinTech
  • PropTech
  • InsureTech
  • WealthTech
  • AdTech
  • Enterprise

What they say
“If you’re in business to change the world, or your little part of it, Scale-up programmes have been designed to help you get there even quicker. During 10 weeks of working closely with you, we’ll give you access to a pipeline of new customers, new channels to market and the full benefit of our extensive network.”

Applications
Find out more and apply at the PwC website.

SETsquared

setsquared.co.uk/support-programmes

Location
Southampton, operates UK-wide

SETsquared currently offer these programmes:

  • Student Enterprise
    Programme for students thinking about starting a business and/or to gain employability skills
  • ICURe
    Pre-accelerator programme for researchers
  • Business Acceleration
    Incubator for technology start-ups with high growth potential
  • Scale-Up
    Support for innovative scaling SMEs
  • Telecoms Support
    Accelerator for high-tech telecoms companies
  • Green Futures & Creative Tech
    Investment and support for creative and green tech businesses in South West England
  • Hydrogen & Sustainable Transport
    Support for start-ups and SMEs in the clean hydrogen and sustainable transport sectors
  • The FWD Project
    Support for health and wellbeing businesses in the West of England
  • Future Economy Programme
    For companies aiming to raise public and private co-investment

What they say
“The SETsquared Partnership is a world leading business incubator and enterprise partnership comprising six research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.”

Applications
Visit the SETsquared website to find out more about the programmes and when they’re open for applications.

Tech Nation

technation.io

Location
London

Tech Nation currently have four programmes for tech entrepreneurs:

  • Climate
    For climate tech founders
  • Libra
    For underrepresented tech founders
  • Future Fifty
    For late-stage tech ventures
  • Rising Stars
    A pitch competition for early-stage startups

What they say
“Tech Nation is the leading growth platform for tech insights, connections, collaboration and talent, empowering ambitious founders and their teams with the access and knowledge they need from seed stage to success story.”

Applications
There are application deadlines for each cohort:

  • Climate: Applications closed for 2024, pre-register interest for 2025
  • Libra: Applications closed for 2024, pre-register interest for 2025
  • Future Fifty: Applications by invitation only
  • Rising Stars 2024: apply by 12 February 2024

Find out more and apply at the Tech Nation website.

VenturePath

joinventurepath.com

VenturePath Growth Investment Community was formerly called Accelerator Academy.

Location
UK

What they say
“Exclusively for UK tech scaleups looking to grow, raise capital and scale faster, VenturePath supports founders through personalised business growth planning, leadership learning, a trusted community of fellow founders, a vetted expert network and £6bn+ of associated VCs, all available through a private app.”

Applications
You’ll need to have headquarters in the UK, revenue of more than £1 million and intend to raise Series A or beyond. Find out more and apply at the VenturePath website.

This is only a few of the 600+ accelerators in the UK

Our list is correct at the time of publication. Remember, new programmes emerge and existing programmes evolve or shut down.

For the most up-to-date information, check websites or current industry databases such as Crunchbase and news-feeds such as TechCrunch.

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