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Way to Scale

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

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

Way to Scale Alumni

What is Way to Scale?

Way to Scale is an intensive programme supported by Belfast City Council and Invest Northern Ireland that will run from January to March 2024, and is open to 10 ambitious CEOs with the vision to scale. The 2024 Way 2 Scale programme will be made up of the following core elements.

  • 21st  – 26th January 2024: a week-long intensive residential Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for CEOs at the world-leading technology and business university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with around 100 other international CEOs and Entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn and engage with the 24-step Disciplined Entrepreneurship process created by Bill Aulet, Faculty Director of the program
  • 12th – 15th February 2024: four ½ day B2B Sales Framework workshops with Kent Summers, looking at B2B frameworks to build out the sales team; this session is open to the CEO and up to 2 team members.
  • 1st, 8th, and 15th March 2024: three tailored 1-day workshops at Catalyst Titanic Quarter. A W2S Workshop Series for CEOs and senior team members to work in groups on their own business plans and implement EDP learnings. These workshops will include input from mentors and previous W2S alumni.

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.  
  • You are an INI Client

The programme is subsidised by our sponsors Belfast City Council and Invest Northern Ireland (subject to funding confirmation).


An upfront contribution of £2000 is payable by attending CEOs (full details can be found below).


Applications for Way 2 Scale 2024 have now closed.

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations & Unforeseen Circumstances

    In the event a named participant can no longer take part in the scheduled programme due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, any fees recoverable by Catalyst will be returned.

    If the MIT programme cannot take place at the advertised time due to unforeseen circumstances, all efforts to reschedule will be undertaken. It is agreed that all possible steps will be undertaken to ensure the programme can be delivered.

  • Cost


    An upfront contribution of £2000 is payable by attending CEOs.

    This fee covers:

    • A contribution towards the MIT course fee (full price is $12,900).

    • Breakfast, lunch, and evening snacks are provided by MIT for the duration of the programme.

    • Four ½ day workshops with Kent Summers (valued at $3000 per company).

    • Three 1-day workshops at Catalyst for you and your team (valued at £500 per company).

    Please note participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs; Catalyst can provide a preferential room rate at a preferred hotel and flight recommendations

Register your interest for Way to Scale

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 £10 million 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 details that will support driving a robust business plan   
  • Fine-tune your sales and marketing strategy and tactical engagement   

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

Way to Scale Alumni

2023 Cohort

Michael Blakley Equitas
Philip Morrow Retinize Limited
Alexandra Frazer The Healthy Happy Animal Company
Jose Casaban MOF Technologies
Jonathan Clarke Locate a Locum
Irene McAleese See.Sense (Limeforge Ltd)
Sian Farrell StimOxyGen

2022 Cohort

Kevin Donaghy AuditComply
Colin Edgar CET Ltd
Chris Johnston Adoreboard
Tony Woods Jetpack Learning
Sean McAllister Plotbox
Adam Murphy Shnuggle Ltd
Cormac Quinn Loyalbe
Ian Savage 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.

Hannah Cummings

Hannah Cummings

Scaling Programmes Manager

Hannah Cummings is the Scaling Programme Manager at Catalyst, where she oversees Inbound I... read more
Hannah Cummings

Hannah Cummings

Scaling Programmes Manager

Hannah Cummings is the Scaling Programme Manager at Catalyst, where she oversees Inbound Investors, CEOs Connect, and Way to Scale. These initiatives have a collective objective of expediting the growth trajectory of Northern Ireland’s top technology companies, supporting them to achieve a market valuation of £100 million.

Hannah joined Catalyst in 2019, initially managing operations and community at the Catalyst Belfast Fintech Hub before moving on to manage Co-Founders, a design-thinking led program that helps innovation driven start-ups get going! Designing, curating, and executing impactful strategic initiatives has been a core tenet of Hannah’s career with Catalyst.

Hannah also holds a PhD in Drama and is passionate about leveraging her background to support others in finding their pitch and public speaking confidence, as well as hosting and Mc-ing ecosystem events.

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