UP connects governments, brands, startups and investors to drive innovation that creates scale and stakeholder value. UP provides access to networks, venture development processes and corporate resources designed to accelerate startups. Our innovation programme is backed by some of the world’s biggest brands that share our commitment to helping startups succeed.

We have three client groups:

  • Corporates that wish to become more effective innovators
  • High growth companies that are ready to scale up their business

  • Investors wanting to de-risk and accelerate the process of bringing new ideas, products and ventures to market.

UP’s products and services

The UP Lab is designed to accelerate effective corporate innovation, develop disruptive new businesses and change industries. We achieve this by mixing teams from the corporate clients with entrepreneurial young companies, often delivered as a competition with a prize of investment for the winner.
A rolling programme of gathering deep market insight from our international partners to identify significant opportunities and test, qualify and specify products based on market pull.
UP has a proactive policy in partnership with our international partners of gathering data on trends across the globe to identify the best opportunities in the market. We drill down to identify which businesses and business models are truly achieving traction with the potential to disrupt.

Through our partnership with The Landing on MediaCityUK, using the most advanced facilities in the UK, we enable our cohort companies and our corporate clients to go from idea to minimum viable product in the most cost effective way of  testing and validating innovative new ideas.

UP will help source and supply the best creative, technical and technical talent in the market, from our own network and from our regional and national recruitment and headhunter partners

We work with specialist partners to help our entrepreneurs’ ambitions to build bigger, better, faster companies through a series of programmes, bespoke “jacket off” services such as legal, accounting, marketing and sales, resulting in faster access to talent, capital and markets. We then get our portfolio companies through corporate doors that they could not open themselves.

Think you've got a good business proposition? Think you just need some best in breed processes and genuine contacts across the spectrum of the tech ecosystem to drive scale? Get in touch - we'll help you get there...