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Catalyst is a unique opportunity for today’s entrepreneurial spirits with early stage businesses to get the support they need to propel them towards becoming tomorrow’s trailblazers. 

An intensive programme which runs over six months, Catalyst is designed to get great fledgling ideas to market quickly. Valued at up to £15,000, it is fully funded for successful applicants. Unlike similar schemes, no stake is taken by any party involved in this programme, so  entrepreneurs retain all equity in their businesses. 

On completion, participants will have benefitted from high-level one-to-one sessions and commercially-focused weekly peer group workshops with world-class business mentors. They will also have an investment-ready Business Plan, Management Team Plan and Funding Plan aimed at fast-tracking market exploitation. 

APPLY For the Catalyst programme 

How it works

The Catalyst programme is run annually commencing in September. It is based at Southampton Science Park.  

Catalyst requires enthusiastic participation in weekly peer group workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions, so participants need to commit a minimum of two days each week to fully benefit from this entrepreneurial, community-led programme. As with most things, the more you put into it, the more you will get out.  

On completion, participants will have created an investment-ready Business Plan, Management Team Plan and Funding Plan, as well as the knowledge and networks needed to boost their chance of commercial success. 

For your opportunity to attend the introductory days for the next programme, simply complete our online application. Places will be allocated based on the strength of the business case put forward in this application. 


Start-up companies supported.


Grants and investments raised.


9 Catalyst cohorts over 8 years.

The mentors

On the panel of the Catalyst programme you will find an expert team with a wide range of commercial expertise and experience. Many have established successful technology businesses themselves and coach from personal entrepreneurial experience.

The coaching team is led by three early-stage business specialists:

An extended community of workshop leaders support this core team on the Catalyst programme each year, offering expert guidance on a wide range of specialities including regulation, finance, intellectual property and human resources.

How to apply

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