Business Mentoring For High Growth and Scale-Up Businesses

I’m extremely inspired after our meeting and feel very lucky I had a chance to speak with you.  I really appreciate you explaining the customer’s decision-making process and how it applies to my business. It put things into perspective and it was helpful to understand how I should focus my marketing strategy.

Also, I really like your idea of value proposition and different payment models which I can offer to my clients in order to create a relationship based on partnership and a win-win approach.”  Anna


It has been great in recent years to mentor some scale-up businesses with high growth potential, mainly in digital, marketing, strategy and funding which makes use of my core skills. The incubators and accelerators that I am channelling this work through include:

microsoft ventures2

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies. We work with startups at every stage of maturity to provide the tools, resources, knowledge and expertise they need to succeed.

Our goal is to help startups scale their business, bring innovative services to market, and reach new customers. Our primary vehicle to empower startups is through our mentor-driven accelerator program designed to help top entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a sustainable business, gaining customers, and scaling to global markets. ©2017 Microsoft

logo_120Pitch@Palace offers the chance to get your tech business idea in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level.  Established by The Duke of York, in less than three years Pitch@Palace has helped over 205 businesses grow, with some now enjoying huge global success.

Each Pitch@Palace has a different theme, so we can focus on different areas of the UK Tech industry. There are two Pitches a year. If your business is selected to compete at Pitch@Palace, you’ll be invited to attend a Boot Camp, where you’ll receive support and guidance in developing and sharpening your pitch and what your business needs. It might be investment, introductions, strategic guidance or something else.

All the businesses that get to Boot Camp will attend the final networking event, held at St James Palace. At this event a smaller selection of these businesses will pitch directly to an invited audience of judges from the world of entrepreneurship, tech, media and investment. © 2017 Pitch@Palace


MassChallenge is the world’s most startup-friendly accelerator & competition, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs globally – with no strings attached. Benefits for startups include:

• 4 month accelerator program.
• World-class mentorship and training
• $1.1M in Cash Awards. $10M+ in-kind support.
• Free office space, access to funding, media and more.
• Open to all. Any startup can enter, from anywhere, in any industry.
• No equity taken. No restrictions applied.

The ~617 startups supported in the 2010 – 2014 Accelerators have already raised over $706M in outside funding and created nearly 4,800 jobs. We received 3,040 applications from 58 countries and 41 states. The program is open to anyone in the world, with any new startup, in any industry. Every entrant receives training, feedback, PR and networking support via expert volunteers from partner organisations. Yearly, 128 of the highest-potential startups receive 4+ months of intensive mentorship and other free resources including office space and targeted introductions to customers and funding sources. The very best startups are identified by expert judges to receive cash awards toward launching their businesses along with enhanced PR and privileged access to top investors seeking to place seed capital to work in high-growth firms. © 2017 MassChallenge



● Voted Global #1 University Business Incubator in Nov 2015.

SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation. The Partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy. © 2017 SETsquared

esparkEntrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. We have developed a proprietary ‘entrepreneurial enablement’ programme that takes entrepreneurs through a cognitive and action centred development process. The Entrepreneurial Spark programme lasts for 6 months and can continue for up to 18 months.

Benefits include access to a collaborative office environment suitable for building teams – our Hatchery! Businesses in the Hatchery also receive wifi; access to business enablement and support from a pool of over 50 business mentors. There are ample opportunities to network during compulsory events, workshops, pitch practice and more.

The focus of the Entrepreneurial Spark programme is on the individual, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours to enable acceleration and growth.  ©  2017 Entrepreneurial Spark

Based in Bristol I mentor businesses locally including Bath, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff, Taunton, Cheltenham and Gloucester and also a number of businesses in London and along the A4 corridor and on the M5 corridor up to Birmingham.

If you need a Business Mentor to advise your high growth or scale-up business on digital, marketing, strategy, funding or exit then please contact John Courtney to arrange a no cost, no obligation discussion at or call 07976 436 757.