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Eagle Lab Flight
lands in Reading

An accelerator programme in partnership with VitalSix

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Eagle Lab Flight, a comprehensive business and leadership accelerator for early-stage high-growth companies.

We’re recruiting companies to join the Accelerator programme, which will be delivered at our new Eagle Lab in Reading in partnership with VitalSix.

While the programme is part of a wider Thames Valley network of high-growth and scale up businesses associated with Innovation Catalyst, applications are welcome from businesses from across the UK.

What is Eagle Lab Flight?

We’re looking for high growth businesses working on smart cities and digital connectivity technologies, particularly in the following sectors, to join our 16-week accelerator programme:


Health and well-being

Transport and logistics

Data applications


Advanced Manufacturing


Who should apply?

We’re looking for ambitious high growth businesses with:

the knowledge and drive to build a scalable business

an experienced and skilled team

a growing addressable market

the potential for sustainable growth of at least than 20% p.a.

an innovative market- leading or disruptive technology/product/service

revenue (or close to generating revenue)

a strong value proposition and competitive advantage

a commitment to develop your business and be based full-time at the Eagle Lab in Reading for the duration of the programme.

Why you should apply

Our 16-week programme will help you to develop a robust, scalable business model that will be ready to raise early-stage funding. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to tackle key strategic and tactical questions you need to address to build and scale your business.

After the programme, you will have:

  • A clear strategic vision and a plan of action with milestones and KPIs
  • A clear strategy for growth
  • Plans to expand and scale, underpinned with sound business analysis and market insight
  • A better understanding of your core skills and behaviours and the knowledge to recognise the skills of others
  • Increased confidence to motivate and inspire your team
  • An investment-ready business plan to maximise your chances of success in securing finance
  • A deeper understanding of types of finance and suitability for your business
  • Confidence in raising finance
  • A network of like-minded peers


The Accelerator comprises:

A two-day Strategic Foundation workshop

A dedicated lead adviser/mentor

Specialist input from your peers

Regular one-to-one advisory sessions

A series of Masterclasses with one-to-one advice on key subjects including People & Leadership, Financial Governance, Marketing & Sales, IP, Managing Innovation, Raising Finance and Pitching

Introductions to specialists and industry sector leads from Barclays

Membership of Innovation Catalyst with networking and peer group activities and access to a network of business service providers as well as media, investors, successful entrepreneurs and corporate innovation manager

The opportunity to pitch and showcase your business to potential investors and partners

Access to funding opportunities (subject to eligibility) and introductions to potential sources of finance including Start Up Loans, SEIS/EIS funds, Henley Business Angels, Barclays venture debt, Thames Valley Funding Escalator etc.

One desk for six months at Innovation Catalyst’s business incubation centre at Thames Valley Science Park

Access to a specialist high-growth team with the tools and resources that will help your business grow.

What is your commitment?

We ask that you commit to being based at the Eagle Lab Reading for the duration of the 16-week programme (starting in October 2018). For the 2018 programme only each successful company will have a fully funded place on the programme. A nominal fee of £395 (plus VAT) will be charged for each additional participant from the same company up to a maximum of two additional participants per company.

The programme begins with a two day Strategic Foundations workshop at Thames Valley Science Park, Shinfield followed by six Masterclasses and one-to-one advice and mentoring. A showcase with invited investors, corporates and professionals will conclude the programme.

To discuss your eligibility for a place on this programme, or for more general enquiries about how we can help you scale your business please give us a call on 0118 304 0661.


Next steps

We’re holding a taster sessions on the Thames Valley Science Park on 6 September at the Gateway Building between 4pm and 6pm.

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