Scale your business

Companies that scale are the beating heart of the Scottish economy. Our range of commercialisation, start-up and early stage entrepreneurial growth support, could help transform your thinking and accelerate your journey.

Support for high growth spin-outs

If you're considering forming a company to commercialise IP owned by a university, we can support with:

  • Commercialising your research and innovation
  • Market assessment
  • IP protection
  • Building a commercial team
  • Company formation

From lab to marketplace

Our High-Growth Spinout Programme, for example, helps researchers to take their ideas and inventions from the lab to the global marketplace by awarding funding and support.

If your team has made advances during curiosity-driven or strategic research, and your project now has serious commercial potential, then you could get help from the High-Growth Spinout Programme.

Muhammad Sadiq, Active Needle project, Dundee University and Ninewells Hospital

Support for high growth start-ups

If you’re an innovation-driven enterprise with the ambition to build a company of scale from the outset, you’re likely to need intensive specialist support at the start-up phase to ensure solid foundations are in place for future scale up. We can help.

We're looking for start-up companies with a unique or disruptive product or business model, and strong intellectual property that can address a customer need within a significant international market. 

You’ll have the potential to scale to £5 million+ sales and/or likely to require significant external investment to accelerate your journey in this early phase.

Robotical's Assistant Robotics Officer, Khaled Saad working on Marty the Robot.  Taken at Robotical offices, Marchmont, Edinburgh
SAS staff at work in their Glasgow offices

Intensive support

We work intensively with companies in the digital media, technology and engineering, energy and life sciences sectors, supporting:

  • Developing and launching innovative and disruptive new products
  • Entrepreneurial skills development
  • Validating opportunity and markets
  • Developing a business model and plan
  • Route to market, sales and marketing plans
  • Engagement with investors to raise necessary funding for future growth
  • Building your management and non-executive teams
  • Facilitating advisory and professional networks

Skills development

The Enterprise Fellowship Programme, for example, offers financial support, training and networking opportunities to researchers, post-graduate students and recent graduates that have a viable business idea with high growth potential.

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship Programme is now open for applications.

Watch the video to find out more or visit the Enterprise Fellowships website

Support for scale-ups

If you’re an innovative, ambitious and fast-growing company (+20% per year) looking to achieve £5m-£10m+ turnover within 7 years, here’s how we can support you:

  • Leadership, strategy, sales and product development
  • Talent attraction
  • Development of international and investor networks
  • Embedding innovation as a driver of sustainable growth
  • One-to-one in-house company training
  • Practitioner-led group executive education
  • Peer-to-peer learning and ambition raising
Scottish Enterprise Unlocking Ambition team

Investment and connections

Alongside a range of training and support to become investor ready, we can help showcase your company and connect you to local, national and international investors.

We can also help you secure seed, Series A and follow-on funding to grow and scale your business.

Find out more about attracting investment

We can connect you to:

  • Network of partner organisations or individuals best placed to support you at whatever stage of growth you are at, whatever your sector or specific needs
  • Peer or role model businesses for advice, support and inspiration, including harnessing our extensive international connections to help you extend your network around the globe

Support for scaling companies

If you’re currently achieving £10 million+ turnover and/or with over 50 employees and looking to achieve +60% turnover growth over the next three years with £50 million-£100 million+ level of ambition, here are ways we can support you:

  • Access to world-class executive education
  • Scaling masterclasses and CEO forums providing peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Customised support in key areas to help scaling ambitions
  • International strategy development and implementation
  • Building the top team and leadership development
  • Support to develop and embed new approaches to innovation and R&D
  • Raising investment to achieve growth
  • Reviewing and developing appropriate business models to achieve growth including mergers and acquisitions

Ready to scale up?

Our team is on hand to answer your questions and explain the support we can offer to help your business scale.