helping start ups and scale ups fulfil their potential

The Founders Hub
Investment Programme

Looking for investment in your business?

We help start ups of all sizes grow and thrive.

If you have a great idea and burning passion.
Or you’ve sketched a logo and started coding in your garage.
Or you’ve signed your first customers but are struggling to scale
… we can help you fulfil your potential.

The Founders Hub Investment Programme has been designed to supercharge businesses - providing the experience, resources and strategic advice they need to grow and thrive.

We have an army of subject experts, led by a team of experienced founders and entrepreneurs, that provide the expertise you need, no matter how far along your journey you are.

Expertise in every field

We have an army of experts. It means we can tailor our investment programmes to exactly match what each business needs to get to that next level.

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Strategy
Align your strategy and plan with your business targets.
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System design and build
Design, build and optimise the perfect system.
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Brand
Distil your brand essence to create a memorable brand story.
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Website design and build
Build a new website using our team of UX specialists, graphic designers and programmers.
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Sales and marketing
Identify, reach and connect with your ideal customers, and sell to them more effectively.
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Publicity and communications
Telling and selling your story so the brand resonates with your target audience.
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Data
Systems support to create the insights you need.
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Leadership
Identify and recruit an effective leadership team.
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Mentoring
No entrepreneur faces the exact same challenges. We’ll listen to yours, guiding you as you grow.
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Strategic partnership
Utilise our network of contacts to gain an advantage and drive growth.
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Finance
Mastering reporting, investment agreements and shareholder comms.
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Fundraising
Formalising your fundraising strategy. Introducing you to the right investors.

Incubate or accelerate?

Our investment programme has been built to suit a wide range of founders.

Incubate has been designed for those looking to turn a good idea into a great business.
Accelerate is designed to give young businesses more oomph.

Businesses that we invest in typically have five characteristics:

B2B businesses

Likable, credible founders

Scalable through technology

A point of difference to help them stand out from the crowd

A brand story that’s unique and genuine

The application process

Apply

If you’ve got a winning business idea, we want to hear from you. We work with new businesses every day, so we know a good idea when we see one. Tell us about yours.

Validate

If we think we can add value to your idea, we'll set up a video call for a chat. If it’s appropriate, we’ll offer some tips on what you would need to cover in a pitch.

Pitch

We invite you to come and pitch to us. Take us through your vision and business plan.

Strategy Day

All businesses are different, and we will work with you for a day to get under the skin of where we can help you grow.

Offer

You're invited to join the Investment Programme. Terms and timelines are agreed before you can access the resources and support.

Unlock

When you sign up we invest a minimum of £100,000 of services to build your business and help you get your company registered.

Power On

Our start-up and business growth experts are your go-to team who will power your growth and add value to your bottom line.

Apply for our programmes

Incubate

Designed for founders with new ideas and not much more, we’ll help get your idea off the ground and running.

Accelerate

Designed for young businesses that need a boost: helping them punch above their weight and grow quickly.

Dominic Maxwell

Co-Founder

TellJO

“What can I say… faster, better, and (let’s be honest) far more effective than we could have imagined. From building our initial website, through defining, developing and launching our tech platform… managing finance, even our marketing was taken care of. A great team. Here’s to many more years working together!!”

Kevin Rowe

Managing Director

GetItGone

“Every business needs a driver… and working with the Founders Hub is like driving with SatNav. The directions were clear from day one and our early growth plans were well resourced and well executed. We took the shortest path from inception to profitability and (unexpectedly) exited successfully in our second year of trading. I have no hesitation recommending Founders Hub as a proven growth agent, the team bring bags of experience and hard-to-believe levels of dedication to the table.“

Kristan Polley

Managing Director

Examagram

"As any business owner will know, the support network you surround yourself in is vital to success. So to have Founders Hub be that entire support bubble has been quite literally the only reason we have been able to grow and succeed to the level we have. To gain access to their extensive resources and amazing people, as if it’s another arm of your own team or work force, has been a game changer to our growth, revenue and future prospects."

Matthew Cooper

Founder

Hopper Video

“At Hopper we had a proof of concept, initial clients and revenue, however were struggling to scale. Over the past 18 months we've rebuilt the entire platform, explored new markets and really nailed down the proposition. Which ultimately has resulted in a far bigger and more scalable business with an increasing number of happy clients both live and in the pipeline.”

Lars Hellestrae

Founder

Sales Agents UK

“That we got Founders Hub as a partner is the best thing that has happened to Sales Agents Ltd. Because of their resources and expertise progress has accelerated at a pace that we would never achieve without them.”

Stephen Craine

Founder

Sales Agents UK

“Founders Hub are the perfect partner to take your business from start-up, through scale-up, to a position of strength where you have a choice of positive options for the future. We received valuable resources and great advice when required, while still having overall control of all decisions. A journey we would highly recommend. “

Frequently asked questions

The original growth programme was devised by serial entrepreneurs Rob Harlow and Ryan Welmans to help them speed up the growth of Sopro, their first joint venture. The programme has since evolved into the Founders Hub Investment Programme: there is now a team of 200+ experts, and the associated experience and ability to tailor the programme to support new ideas or existing ventures.

No. Whilst B2B ventures are our speciality, our team does have considerable B2C experience. So if you have a great B2C idea and we think we can add value, we’re excited to get talking.

So far, all of our investment programme businesses have involved digital technology. They typically fall into one of these areas:

  • Digital Tech – Networking, Data / AI, Cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Digital Cities – Mobility, City Analytics, Safety.
  • Digital Industry – Logistics, Production, Retail.
  • Digital Wellbeing – Healthy youth, Occupational health, Independent living,
  • Digital finance – Retail banking & insurance, Asset Management and Corporate financial services.

No. You can apply any time.

Yes. We know that it is important to spend every penny wisely. And for that reason, we’ll offer you some desk space in our fully serviced Brighton offices as well as access to our meeting rooms.