Investment for Growth

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Investment for Growth
  • Are you actively seeking investment for your business?

  • Could you benefit from expert guidance on the tools required to pull together an investment proposal? 

  • Do you want to learn how to pitch your idea to investors and secure the best deal possible?

Then our Investment for Growth programme is for you...

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The Investment for Growth programme is designed to help you and your business on the journey towards investment readiness. Throughout the duration of this programme, you will learn how to demystify, navigate and leverage a sophisticated array of tools and techniques that will ultimately guide you towards investment for growth. 

The programme will consist of two cohorts, running in parallel. You will be given the choice to apply for either the mixed cohort or the female-only cohort. Both cohorts will cover the same core topics, but with some nuances to suit the specific needs and challenges of each group.

The Investment for Growth programme is delivered by Elevator on behalf of Business Gateway Edinburgh & Lothians and The City of Edinburgh Council.


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This programme is designed for Edinburgh businesses who have:

  • An existing business or start up based in City of Edinburgh
  • The ambition to grow your business/organisation to the next level through raising investment
  • Already undertaken some prior research into the type of investment you are seeking (i.e. seed, angel, syndicate, venture capital)
  • The commitment to invest time in yourself and your business, to learn, grow and build supportive connections along the way 


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  • Industry leading training - including delivery by Finlay Kerr (Frejz), Aileen Boyle (Fortro Ltd), Andrew Cameron (Elevator) & Cat Ward (Elevator)
  • Access to expert information - understand different types of investors, their expectations, and the best practices for pitching and negotiating with them
  • Feedback and validation - learn from peers, and mentors and experienced investors who will offer insights and suggestions on how to improve your proposal
  • Pitch building and practice - create a show-stopping pitch deck and learn how to bring your pitch to life through storytelling 
  • New connections - have the chance to pitch in front of 'friendly professionals' including solo investors, angel groups, VCs and agents.


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The programme will be delivered in two cohorts, running parallel. 


Mixed cohort:

5th October to 16th November (Thursdays, 10:00am - 2:30pm)

Please note there will be a 2-week break over Thurs 19th & Thurs 26th October.


Female-only cohort:

31st October to 5th December (Tuesdays, 10:00am - 2.30pm)

Please note there will be a 1-week break over Tuesday 14th November.



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Register your interest for the next Investment for Growth programme here:

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N.B. Applicants must have an Edinburgh city postcode.


Should you wish to discuss this programme in more detail, please email Caroline Wylie for further information.

For more information on Business Gateway's services and programmes across Scotland, please see their website:

Investment for Growth - Edinburgh