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Way to Scale

Supporting ambitious, innovation driven CEOs to scale their business and reach £10 million+ revenue

Way to Scale was the best business experience I have ever been through and has left an indelible mark on me as a businessperson. Everything changed, for the better. My Way to Scale cohort still stay connected today; almost 130 people from across the world, all entrepreneurs, have stayed together, and meet as often as we can to share experiences and knowledge.

Dale Cree - 3EN

Why Way to Scale?

Northern Ireland is leading the way when it comes to nurturing innovation start-up companies to £1M in revenue. However, the real economic impact occurs when companies scale to £10Million and beyond. The Way to Scale programme helps to close this gap by giving a select group of CEOs the chance to participate in an intensive entrepreneur development programme that spans Northern Ireland and the USA. 

In our Way to Scale programme, you will:

  • Develop the confidence, skills and behaviours that will support your ambition   
  • Implement a step-by-step framework to de-risk your business while maximising success   
  • Learn how to build a defendable core and really establish your business   
  • Take a deep dive into the detail that will support driving a robust business plan   
  • Fine tune your sales and marketing strategy and tactical engagement   

Who should apply?

  • Applications are open to highly ambitious, innovation driven CEOs with the vision to scale to £10M+ revenue, and plan to significantly grow business internationally. 
  • Your company has revenue of £500,000+, or the capital in place to grow. The programme is subsidised by our sponsors Belfast City Council and Invest NI.*

*Subject to funding approval

Applications for Way 2 Scale 2023 have now closed.

The Way to Scale programme fundamentally changed how I do business.

Way to Scale Alumni

Way to Scale Alumni

2022 Cohort

Kevin Donaghy CEO, AuditComply
Colin Edgar Founder & MD, CET Ltd
Chris Johnston Founder & CEO, Adoreboard
Tony Woods Co Founder & CEO, Jetpack Learning
Sean McAllister Co Founder & CEO, PlotBox
Adam Murphy Founder & CEO, Shnuggle Ltd
Cormac Quinn Founder & CEO, Loyalbe
Ian Savage Founder & CEO, SureCert

2020 Cohort

Greg Maguire Humain
Liam McStravick TeamFeePAY
Chris Acheson CadShare
Simon Cole Automated Intelligence
Ronan Cunningham Cumulus
Dale Cree 3EN
James Scott Thrive
Patricia O’Hagan Core Systems
Stuart Harvey Datactics
Terry Canning CattleEye

2019 Cohort

Adrienne Hanna Right Revenue
Andrew Woods Catagen
Paul Stewart MyBaggage
Leeann Monk-Ozgul Elemental
Christine Boyle Senergy
Fintan Connolly Take Ten
Bob Pollard Causeway Sensors
Roisin Molloy Trimedika
Dan Crawford Axial 3D


Catalyst, Belfast City Council, and Invest Northern Ireland have come together to support this significant event, to give Northern Ireland entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from the best.

Contact the Way to Scale team to learn more

Adele Ward

Adele Ward

Programme Manager

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