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

Summer Cohort: 2 Day Online Bootcamp 25th & 26th June 2024

Summer Cohort Applications Open

Northern Ireland SMEs

Supporting innovation driven companies to validate and accelerate their ideas into scalable product and services as well as support to apply for non-dilutive funding through Innovate UK and other funding agencies.


Scaling the Edge Net Zero is an intensive programme to support innovation driven companies, validate and accelerate their ideas into scalable products and services. We also aim to support businesses that have not previously received support from Innovate UK apply for suitable funding calls.
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.


This unique programme encourages rapid business strategy development and dramatically de-risks new product/market exploration through a data driven digital testing methodology. 

This8-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.


Inject Innovation into your business through: Design thinking, digital testing and data driven decision making as well as be guided through the application process for Innovation UK funding opportunities.



Bootcamp - 25th & 26th June 2024*
Market Validation – 27th June – 22nd August 2024

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


Where: Online

Deadline for Applications: Applications Close on 22nd May 2024

Apply Here: Scaling the Edge Application

Who:  NI based companies and early-stage start-ups.
This is a programme for companies that are seeking to validate their Net Zero products or services with potential customers. The Net Zero focus areas are energy, water, transport, decarbonisation, agriculture, circular economy, building and infrastructure, supply chain, climate solutions and any related fields. We are keen to encourage applications from under-represented groups including, companies with female-led project teams, companies located outside of greater Belfast area.

Target Group:

  • We encourage applications from female-led businesses
  • We encourage applications from businesses located outside Belfast
  • SME, company or start-ups
  • Previously not accessed Innovate UK support
  • 2 – 4 employees to participate on the programme


  • Expert training by seasoned entrepreneurs 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


Summer Cohort Applications Open

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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