De-risk chances of market failure, increase speed to market and inject innovation into your organisation.

Autumn Cohort: 2 Day Online Bootcamp 4th & 5th October 2023

Autumn Cohort Applications Closed


Northern Ireland SMEs

This 8-week programme will enable businesses within Northern Ireland to innovate faster, maintain a competitive position in global markets and increase productivity. This will all be achieved with the guidance and support of a highly experienced team of entrepreneurs and business coaches:

  • Value Proposition Design
  • Business Model Canvas Design
  • Business Ideas Testing
  • Market Engagement

Autumn Cohort: 2 Day Online Bootcamp 4th & 5th October 2023


Funded by Department for the Economy (DfE), Innovate UK and The Queen's University of Belfast, Scaling the Edge 10X is an intensive programme to support innovation driven companies, validate and accelerate their ideas into scalable products and services

Our team of experts will work closely with your team using Strategyzer’s Lean methodology to define clear Value Propositions, winning Business Models and use modern Digital Testing methodologies.  This approach helps gather rapid and accurate market feedback on the likely success of your business idea.  This process de-risks the chances of market failure, increases speed to market and clearly identifies your key target markets.

What's included?

  • Expert training by seasoned entrepreneurs in innovation commercialisation  at a 2-day online bootcamp delivered by a renowned team with substantial innovation to commercialisation expertise.
  • A fully funded 8-week programme with an allocation of up to 4 ‘Seats’ per team.
  • £5,000 funding available for market testing and validation
  • 4 step methodology with ongoing tailored support and guidance for market discovery and digital testing: Value Proposition design Business Model Canvas Design Business Ideas Testing Market Engagement
  • Upskill and incentivise staff and radically change innovation culture
  • Cutting time to market and improved bottom line through commercially validating new/improved product ideas and markets. 
  • Identify routes to follow on funding with partners including Innovate UK

For more information on the Scaling the Edge 10X Programme, please download our brochure.

Key Information


Autumn Cohort – 2-day Bootcamp - 4th & 5th October 2023


*Please Note: In order to be eligible for the Scaling the Edge Programme you and your team must be available to fully attend the 2-day Bootcamp training.


Where: Online

Deadline for Applications: Applications Close on 27th August 2023

Apply Here: Scaling the Edge

Who:  NI based SME companies and early-stage start-ups.

This is a sector agnostic programme, however, we are keen to encourage applications from under-represented groups including, companies with female-led project teams, companies located outside of greater Belfast area. Companies developing net zero, AI and deep tech innovations are encouraged to apply.

Broaden the Horizon of New Possibilities

Scaling the Edge offers companies, from all sectors, the opportunity to learn from seasoned innovation and commercialisation experts, to adopt lean innovation concepts, to test business ideas and to develop invincible business models & value propositions.


Learn about Strategyzer's Lean Methodology, to design effective Value Propositions and Business Models.


All learning will be carried out online via Zoom. Enjoy interactive presentations and discussions.


Explore the opportunity to establish long term adoption of innovation-focused strategic thinking.

“I learnt the importance of having a properly thought out and well-planned testing process to help validate ideas and assumptions. It is easy and tempting to not invest the time and resources at this stage to invest more in product development. However, going through this process reiterated the importance of testing and validating before progressing to development.  - Chris Shannon, Co-founder and Director at Startium”


"Farm Compare tested and developed an additional revenue model during the Scaling the Edge programme and the results have been positive. Comparing the quarterly revenue figures for the testing period we have seen a 11-fold increase in revenue in comparison to the previous quarter. As we enter the next quarter this trend looks set to continue and we look forward to scaling the business with this additional revenue model."

- Chris Shannon, Co-founder and Director at Startium

- Karen McDonald, Farm Compare,

Features of the Programme?

  • Expert innovation and commercialisation business training
  • Delivery and coaching from seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Funded by Innovate UK & DFE
  • Allocation of up to 4 "seats" per team
  • Up to £5,000 available for market testing and idea validation

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