The Elevator Programme - Lanarkshire

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This Lanarkshire flagship, fully-funded, 12-week accelerator, is delivered in partnership with Business Gateway Lanarkshire.

It is custom-designed around early-stage business owners and teams who are keen to fast-track their business offering, growth and investment potential.

Website Banner BG What it is

The programme is built in three distinctive stages:


  • In these crucial first weeks, founders question their assumptions about their business and validate with their target markets.
  • During this period, founders are introduced to the following elements of the programme; Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Design Thinking and more.


  • At this stage, the activities focus on the core business topics that will make up robust and implementable action plans.
  • The development stage also sees the introduction of agitation stations, where experienced businesspeople challenge founders on the assumptions behind their business model during regular and focused 1-1 meetings. 
  • In addition, to the support already available, founders are introduced to:
    • Specific business 101 sessions and surgeries (including sales, marketing, finance, branding, legal, HR, IP, and Insurance) 
    • Verbal communication and pitching masterclasses 
    • Stage gates


  • During the final weeks, founders look outwards to see how best to take their product or service to market, identifying suitable territories, financial opportunities and funding sources.
  • At the end of the programme, you will take part in a founder’s showcase. A celebration of your completion of the Elevator Programme where you will pitch your business and what you have achieved.

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Website Banner BG What you need

  • An existing business – ideally you have been trading for 1 -2 years and are looking to grow
  • Enthusiasm and drive – you must be passionate about developing your business
  • Commitment – in completing the 12-week programme to gain the best out of it
  • An open mind – to be able to work collaboratively and accept feedback from fellow founders and mentors

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  • A supportive group of fellow business owners, working collaboratively to challenge yourself and your ideas
  • Sessions with influential guest speakers and entrepreneurs over a varied programme schedule
  • The most up-to-date tools and knowledge to achieve your goals
  • Access to a modern workspace with expert help/future business support available
  • A chance to build your network through the Elevator ecosystem and beyond!

Website Banner BG Where and when

The Elevator programme will run in February 2024. The location will be confirmed.

Website Banner BG Next Steps

Applications for The Elevator Programme 2023 have now closed.

If you are interested in participating in the future please email

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The Elevator Programme

Starts 28th February 2023

Fully-funded, 12 week programme

Running in person at the University of West of Scotland (G72 0LH)

For early-stage business owners and teams

Delivered by Nicola McEwan, in partnership with Business Gateway Lanarkshire

Fast-track your business offering, growth and investment potential