Innovate UK are funding, and we're delivering, the Global Business Accelerator programme which will see cohorts of up to 15 high growth businesses explore and exploit the opportunities in specific countries and market / technology areas.
Want to apply? Read on.
Support for high growth businesses
Building collaborations and partnerships as well as understanding the needs of different markets are often the barriers stopping businesses expanding globally. This programme, therefore, will support businesses through that and follow-up activity to maximise their chances of success and achieve the greatest impact.
Three phases: get ready, visit, exploit
Getting ready for market
A ‘getting ready for market’ phase (prior to going out to the country) will ensure the businesses understand the market, how to operate in the market, understand the target sector/technology in the country, and receive help to find partners and arrange meetings in advance. This phase will include pitch training for each business so that they can easily articulate their business and value proposition.
Visiting the market
Visiting the market will usually involve visiting the target country for around a week to maximise the opportunity. A typical programme would involve:
- Orientation by local experts and officials at the British Embassy/High Commission
- Meeting with potential partners through a brokerage style event
- Visits to businesses (including large businesses/potential collaborators/future customers), research centres, universities, etc. to better understand the market/technology area.
Exploiting the opportunity
Exploiting the opportunity is perhaps the most important part of the programme as it is all too easy when the businesses return to the UK to not have time to realise the opportunities they have identified and to follow up. As part of the Programme, each business participating will be expected to agree an action plan with an EEN adviser and then follow through on the action plan.
Feedback from delegates
The first trip out to Israel went really well. read all about it in this blog series.
- Day one - UK cyber tech group visit to Israel
- Day two: Collaborate to compete
- Day three - working together
Where, when and how to apply
17 – 23 March 2018
15 - 19 April 2018
5 – 8 March 2018
19 - 22 March 2018
10 - 15 March 2018
11 – 15 February 2018
19 – 24 February 2018
18 – 23 March 2018
12 - 15 March 2018
17 – 23 March 2018
19 – 23 March 2018
2 – 7 April
12 – 15 March 2018