Take your business to the next level Get investment ready, make a scale-up plan, rely on mentors that care
Designed For You: With our established mentors and investors group, we ensure support for your business to grow
WISE is a bespoke investment readiness programme to innovate your business’ growth. We gathered our 5 year startup mentoring expertise to create a framework that makes the best combination of mentoring, workshops and due diligence work to help you raise the investment you need and scale-up faster. We take this framework and make a version designed for you, your strategy and the problems you need to fix before you scale.
While you work with us, you will have access to mentors who are sector experts and who will work with you to build a strong proposition that will increase your chances of securing investment. We have expertise and knowledge to support access to funding, particularly for companies with solid intelligent, technical solutions and strong IP.
– A UK Registered business
– At MVP with early traction stage
– Working with a great team that can execute a business plan
Joining the WISE programme could be the boost you need!
* There is no set time to apply and enrol, as WISE is a rolling programme. You can apply online now, and following an interview with two of the mentors, you could join the programme within a week or whenever you feel ready. *
You will have your own set of mentors – normally one industry and one investment expert – and you can call on them at any time for support and guidance.
First step of the induction into the programme will be to make a development plan with your mentors, part of which will be to decide your key pain-points and a strategy to accelerate growth. You’ll be given a set of pre-workshop tasks which address the key areas of the investment proposition. At each workshop you join, you’ll present your tasks to the room for constructive feedback.
You don’t have to take office space in the Innovation Warehouse, although if you join the WISE programme you’ll have a discounted rent. Most of our mentors are part or full-time based in the coworking space, so it will be easier and faster to reach them if you’re also based here.
Startups are expected to demonstrate to potential investors a comprehensive in depth understanding of all the due diligence areas. When everyone is happy with the status of the documents and plans, you are ready to move onto the next stage.
Weekly workshops every Thursday morning in Farringdon
Market – Identifying your target market and evaluating your access to that market. You’re ambitious, so is your market big enough for you?Route to Market – What makes your idea different and why should anyone buy your product or service? We will put this aspect of your business under the microscopeProduct Market Fit – Do you know what your customers want? How will you adapt to fluctuations in demand?
Team – Do you have the right team to deliver and successfully scale your business? How can you attract and retain the best people
Targets & Business Model – A thorough examination of your company’s business model, financial targets and how you will defend your USP
Sales – Establishing whether your company has a clearly differentiated sales proposition and what will drive sales
Investment Proposition – Why should an investor give you money? Assessing the amount of investment you need to grow and the quality of your company’s earnings
Pitching – We know all about pitching, as we see hundreds of them every year. Learn how to capture and inform in the short time you have available when talking to a potential investor
Get Ready for Investment
With any great new idea it is important to get things moving as quickly as possible. The timing of the second stage can vary from two months to nine. We’ll be there with you every step of the way!
– 1-2-1 mentoring regarding fundraising and discussions with potential investors
– Assistance with finding a partners and closing leads within the UK
– Assistance with the due diligence process and investor negotiations
– Preparing the necessary documentation
Got to this point? You’re ready to meet investors and raise the finances you need to grow your business. At this stage, we’ll:
– Make introductions to angel and seed investors in our network
– Facilitate follow-up meetings and further engagement with interested parties
– Potentially lead the investment deal if board of Innovation Warehouse Capital decides to invest
– Assist in closing the investment round
“Life doesn’t end on Demo Day!”, the saying goes. We believe it also doesn’t end when investment is raised. We maintain a relationship with all our startups and we’ll be ready to continue helping you when needed and maybe even redo the process once you’re ready for your next raise.
Mentoring at Innovation Warehouse includes access to knowledge and experience, along with advice and signposting. Every mentor has an area of expertise where they can work with you to achieve the maximum output from your business.
We partner with many programmes that range from informal coaching to structured training programmes. Each programme has a unique structure that is tailored to meet the companies ambitious requirements.
Accelerator Academy is an accelerator programme hosted and supported by Innovation Warehouse. With a focus on early stage start-ups, the Accelerator Academy is an established 12 week high growth training and mentoring programme for ambitious digital entrepreneurs looking to grow their business. The programme ‘market tests’ business models, to give entrepreneurs the best chance of success and investor readiness. To find out more about Accelerator Academy or to apply for a place on the next semester, please click here.
Fast Track to CTO
One of the biggest hurdles faced by startups when securing investment is the issue of who ‘owns’ the proprietary technology. Investors feel more reassured knowing that the tech is held in-house. What experience has taught us is that outsourced development is a short stop on a long journey. You often find that the final product may look polished but more often than not, lacks a backend infrastructure to bring about change and scale. Are you a developer that wants to work in a startup?
Would you like the opportunity to build a product from the ground up please submit your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sirius Programme is one of the most comprehensive start-up support packages offered globally, and the best in Europe, with no equity taken. Sirius brings through a batch of recent graduate entrepreneurs every few months, of which some are based at Innovation Warehouse. To find out more about the Sirius Programme, please click here.