PwC launches post-accelerator programmes worldwide to support over 100 scale-up businesses

Jun 12, 2019

PwC has launched 13 programmes helping over 100 high potential scale-up businesses to increase traction across the UK, Germany and China. The scale-ups, who are redefining the retail, insurance, manufacturing, sport, cyber and legal industries across the UK, have been rigorously selected to take part in the programmes and will receive support from PwC to enhance their value propositions and increase commercial opportunities.


The first Scale programme was launched in 2016 and has since grown to a bi-yearly portfolio of programmes supporting scale-ups across 12 industries in London, as well as multiple cross-sector programmes in regional growth hubs across the UK. Scale has also expanded internationally, bringing the full benefit of the PwC Global Network to the scale-ups it supports. Programmes currently in Germany cover health, energy, property, retail and logistics, based out of the Berlin hub. The programme’s reach has now gone beyond Europe with a number of new and alumni health scale-ups travelling to Shanghai to receive an intensive and immersive experience of the Chinese market and ways of working, as well as visiting a number of the largest corporate organisations, before showcasing their business to key executives from potential customers.


The ultimate aim of Scale is to identify cutting edge and fast growth scale-ups and boost their profiles by providing them with valuable feedback on their products based on PwC’s insight into their larger client target customers. Additionally it offers professional coaching and extensive opportunities to engage with influential business leaders and decision makers from some of the world’s foremost brands and enterprises. The curated connections made between the scale-ups and PwC’s global network of established clients generate mutually beneficial commercial opportunities and relationships.


Programme participants also undertake a first-class business development curriculum including topics such as leadership, sales and marketing, operational growth, professional readiness and valuations, all designed to rapidly expand their businesses.


Nigel Howlett, Head of Digital Private Business at PwC, commented:

“We are committed to supporting cutting-edge technology scale-ups, whilst at the same time exposing our corporate clients to innovations that could add real value to their organisations. The growth and diversity of our Scale proposition, in particular our expansion into Europe and China, shows how committed we are to helping both our large and growing clients navigate innovation on a global scale.”


To find out more about the programmes, cohort businesses or Scale-as-a-Service for corporates please visit our website or contact Tom Hoskin (



Notes for editors

Another example of PwC’s commitment to supporting startups on a global scale is the company’s ongoing partnership with tech start-up conference Slush, which last year included PwC’s Global Chairman, Bob Moritz. Click here to hear more about why supporting companies from across the business ecosystem is important to PwC.


Across the three years the Scale programme has been running, 300 scale-ups have been selected to take part in these programmes (including those launching this month) and more than 3,000 bespoke introductions between the scale-ups and industry leaders have been made, with revenue-generating opportunities the key output for participating businesses. The collaboration doesn’t stop there, PwC’s Scale-as-a-Service is designed for corporates who want to find bespoke solutions and rapidly co-create with scale-ups, specifically tailored to their needs, speak to us if you’d like to hear more.


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