GM Business Growth Hub has launched a flagship scale-up programme for Greater Manchester’s ambitious founders.

The ASCEND Scale Up Programme is a dynamic, six-month development initiative starting in mid-September 2024.  Tailored for local founders of high-growth businesses in Greater Manchester, ASCEND is designed to rapidly scale businesses to help them achieve ambitions.

The first ASCEND cohort will comprise 25 founders poised for exponential growth.

The programme is open to Greater Manchester based founders working across any sector with  a clear vision and potential to scale rapidly in the year ahead. They must be ready to commit to the 6-month (part-time) in-person programme in Manchester to take your business to the next level.

The programme will consist of hands-on workshops, personalised coaching and mentoring, fireside chats, networking opportunities and enhanced funding prospects through connections with investors.

GM Business Growth Hub’s partner KPMG will lead a number of delivery days, including an opening ‘Strategy to Action’ at its Ignition space in Manchester city centre.

Participants will gain insights into strategy frameworks, strategic options assessment, and overcoming challenges in setting growth strategies.

They’ll also learn techniques to cultivate a culture for success within their teams, empowering them to drive tangible results and innovation.

ASCEND participants will also have the opportunity to attend Web Summit in Lisbon November 2024, joining more than 70,000 attendees at the world’s biggest tech conference.

Founders interested in the programme are encouraged to apply by Friday 26th July 2024, with shortlisted applicants invited for an interview between 5-16th August.

 Janine Smith, director of GM Business Growth Hub said “The programme will be tailored to the individual needs of everyone participating. It will start with an immersive ‘Strategy to Action’ day at KPMG’s amazing Ignition space at their Manchester City Centre offices followed by a series of workshops, fireside chats, lightning talks, coaching and mentoring, demo days and a funded space to attend Web Summit in Lisbon in November.

“If you are ready to scale and are looking for the support to get you there whether that be putting the fundamentals in place, developing a team, accessing investment or learning from those who have already done it, this could be the programme for you.”

Learn more about the programme