Pathfinder Accelerator is a business development and innovation programme for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (OECD definition) operating in the fields of Life Sciences, Health, Technology and Engineering. To be eligible to apply, your main activity and interests should lie within the Highland Council area.
The programme is delivered under contract to HIE by The Leadership Factory, in association with UP Ventures.
Eligible applicants must be developing a new product, new service, new enterprise or new internal process which will benefit the business and the local and national economy.
Teams of up to 3 persons may apply. A team must consist of at least one employee or director of the applicant organisation. Teams may also include partner organisations, associates and/or other strategic partners.
Upon receipt of your application, an assessment will be made considering the following:
- Fit with programme objectives
- Product innovation and commercial potential
- Business status and readiness
- Individual / team skills
Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the assessment result by email.
Successful applicants will be required to sign a Participant Agreement and a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a programme of activities including (not exclusively):
- Initial planning session to agree and set milestones and goals;
- Weekly group sessions, normally taking place from 10am to 4pm;
- Post-session social gatherings (up to 3 per cohort);
- Regular one-to-one coaching sessions (face to face or by video or phone call);
- Weekly tasks to consolidate learning (to be undertaken in participants’ own time)
HIE and the Leadership Factory reserve the right to make alterations to the programme at any time.
There is no cost to your organisation of participating in the programme. The value of assistance per participant business is subject to the number of participants and will be calculated at the commencement of the programme. The calculation includes a further “in-kind” contribution by each business, in the form of their anticipated time commitment (based on the average UK salary + employer costs).
The Programme is funded by ERDF under the European Structural & Investment Funds Programme 2014 – 2020 and by the UK and Scottish Governments through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal. This may represent State aid covered by the De Minimis or the General Block Exemption Regulation. If your application is successful, we will write to you later confirming if this is the case and the value of aid awarded.
Applications must be submitted to The Leadership Factory by email to firstname.lastname@example.org