Growth Readiness is a brand new mentorship programme, hosted by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK in partnership with SUP46. It allows start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs to prepare and develop their businesses for future growth by pairing them with experienced London-based venture capital and private equity investors.
The Growth Readiness Programme offers a combination of workshops, presentations, matchmaking, mentorship and wider access to a powerful network of Swedish-British investment and tech professionals. It is a 12 months mentorship programme, including four in-person meet-ups in London to network and get invaluable insights into the UK business and funding landscape. At the start of the programme you will be assigned a mentor based on your focus and expected learning outcomes.
Facilitated by the Programme Director Katarina Sallerfors, the meet-ups address topics of relevance in preparing the businesses for high growth, from how to get all ducks in a row and what investors will be looking for. “The meet-ups bring together all the participants in the programme to network, discuss key business topics and ways forward, and to help them develop practical skills, tools and knowledge to bring their business to the next level. In addition to the joint meet-ups, mentor and mentee develop closer relationships between the sessions,” says Katarina. For instance, mentors and mentees are expected to stay in touch and work together on identified areas of improvement - both throughout the course of the programme and in between the meetings.
Katarina has more than a decade of experience advising financial services and investment firms on reputation management and strategic communications, particularly around corporate positioning, financial transactions and crisis situations. She is a Director at Greenbrook Communications and before that she worked for The Carlyle Group, as an Associate Vice President in their EMEA External Affairs team. She hopes to draw from her extensive experience to create a programme that is thought-provoking and stimulating and contributes to fruitful conversations between mentors and mentees. “I hope that the programme offers an exciting opportunity to help build a supportive network between the next generation of Swedish businesses and the London-based investor community.”
Growth Readiness Programme 2019
- Emma Biasiolo - Beringea
- Henry Gladwyn - Omers Ventures
- Hussein Kanji - Hoxton Ventures
- Triin Linamagi - Founders Factory
- William Mercer - Zag
- Sitar Teli - Connect Ventures
- Lina Wenner, First Minute Capital
Further mentors to be confirmed shortly.
The sessions will focus on:
- Initial discovery: Meet & greet and company pitches
- Fundraising - the landscape: What kind of finance works at which stage?
- Business development, achieving growth: Round table discussion on overcoming hurdles, practical knowledge and how to work in partnership, followed by one-on-one sessions with the mentors to discuss specific issues/business challenges to tackle
- What is next: How to set up in the UK
SCC members, SUP46 members and alumni: 7500 SEK + VAT / £615 + VAT
Non-members: 15,000 SEK / £1,230 + VAT
Hosted in partnership with SUP46 and other Swedish accelerators and incubators.
For more information about the programme, please contact Business Service Manager Anna Crona, email@example.com.