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Sponsored Programmes

Supporting you wherever we can

We partner with world class educational programmes to offer sponsored places on a number of courses both in the UK and abroad. These are opportunities that money can’t buy and by participating in our programmes and engaging with the team, we can be thinking of you when putting forward candidates.

We scan the globe for opportunities for Scottish companies to participate in and will do everything we can to put your business and the thriving Scottish technology scene on the map.



The Ignite Programme, run by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, takes place in July each year at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Ignite is an intensive, one-week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.

This intensive week focuses on the development of winning action plans for innovative business ideas or projects, and comprises of a blend of practical teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions and experienced advice from leading entrepreneurs and innovators, that will give attendees the tools, contacts and confidence to transform their idea into a successful business project or venture.

Each year Informatics Ventures funds a number of places on Ignite covering course fees and accommodation for directors of existing young Scottish technology businesses seeking to commercialise a new product or service.

The 18th Annual Ignite programme will run from Sunday 10 July to Friday 15 July 2016 at Cambridge Judge Business School.

If you would like to be considered for one of the Informatics Ventures sponsored places at Ignite please submit your application via the link below by May 25 2016.

Read about one of last year’s participants experience here.

Apply Now for IGNITE 2016


Fast becoming the most talked about event in London, Pitch@Palace is a unique proposition combining everything you would expect from a pitching event with royalty and the venue of all venues! The brainchild of HRH The Duke of York, Pitch@Palace attracts a very impressive audience  and is a must for any company looking for investment or access to contacts across the UK and internationally.

There are two events held annually in March and November with a different sector theme each time. Informatics Ventures can propose candidates and offer a bursary to successfully chosen companies to assist with travel and accommodation costs in London.

Learn more about Pitch@Palace
Growth Advantage Programme (GAP)

Growth Advantage Programme (GAP)

The Growth Advantage Programme is a specially-designed 10 month business acceleration programme to Enable entrepreneurs and growth-focussed business owners to gain business insights, management skills and know-how. It provides a unique opportunity for ambitious business owners to realise and achieve their organisation’s full growth potential.

Working in partnership with Breakthrough, Santander’s SME support programme, the Growth Advantage Programme is delivered through the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, based within the University of Strathclyde Business School. Endowed by alumnus, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter, the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship is one of the most important social investments made by the Hunter Foundation.

Informatics Ventures can offer sponsored places on this programme to CEO’s of established technology companies of established start-ups ready to pursue the growth stage of their business.

Learn more about the Growth Advantage Programme


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