Helping the UK's leading scaleups grow into the tech giants of tomorrow

What is Upscale?

Upscale helps the UK’s most promising tech companies to accelerate their growth and unlock the key to scaling successfully.

Based on the values of honesty, intimacy and trust, this established, curated programme is designed to reflect companies’ scaling journeys, exploring fundamental growth challenges, such as hiring, maintaining company culture and international expansion.

Companies on the Upscale programme will benefit from open conversations, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, meetups and workshops, delivered by expert scale coaches and seasoned entrepreneurs who have been through it all. It's free to join, and we don't take an equity stake in your business either.

Take a look at our current cohort…

What does Upscale involve?

Companies selected to join Upscale will get:

  • 12 in-depth workshops tackling fundamental growth barriers: Dedicated workshops for founders and the c-suite will explore the biggest scaling challenges, from culture, talent, product and leadership, to international expansion, finance and fundraising.
  • Access to leading scale coaches: Sessions will be delivered by our scale coaches, seasoned entrepreneurs and experts who have been through it all.
  • Peer-to-peer learning with other scaling companies: The opportunity to network with and learn from other leading UK tech scaleups, founders and leadership teams, as well as scale coaches.  
  • Exposure to our alumni network: The chance to join our network of over 100 successful UK tech companies, including Monzo, Bloom & Wild and Bulb, who have collectively raised over $1.4bn since joining the programme.
  • Marketing and PR support: Positioning as a successful, fast-growth UK tech company, through marketing and press via Tech Nation.

Upscale in numbers

$1.4bnraised by cohorts since joining programme
$8.6maverage raise by Upscale 3.0 companies
100companies who've joined Tech Nation Upscale

How does the programme work?

Upscale is six-month growth programme designed exclusively for the UK’s leading and most ambitious tech scaleups.

Companies from all sectors are welcome to apply for the programme, and we choose around 30 to join us each year.

Please note that the latest round of applications closed on 14 November 2018, but applications will open again later in 2019.

The Upscale judges…

Our partners

Upscale is made possible with the support of our programme partners, who act as advisors to some of the best known fast-growth companies in the world. They help to support companies on their scaling journeys through strategic advice, information and workshops.

Upscale, the book

What it takes to scale a startup. By the people who've done it.

Hear from some of the UK’s leading technology entrepreneurs and investors who between them have built or backed companies worth billions, in Upscale the book. Available to order now.