Accelerating Life-Science Tech startups in Scotland

UP Ventures with HIE
Managing Partner
Design and deliver a dynamic learning experience for founders
A fantastic collaboration between UP Ventures and The Leadership Factory


UP, together with our delivery partners The Leadership Factory, has a long-standing partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Northern Innovation Hub. We deliver a range of bespoke accelerators and innovation sprints across the region. Each programme is tailored to fit the individual cohort needs.

What we've created

UP Managing Partner, Steven Thomas, has designed a creative and engaging programme framework that can be delivered both in-person and online.

Each 12-week course is designed to enable participants to develop their sustainable business model or launch a new product saving both time and money. The programme allows participants to test business ideas in a focused environment, identify new routes to market and develop their sales pitch. A further 12 weeks of coaching and mentoring is offered to help the start-ups and budding entrepreneurs develop contacts, source funding, and plan for future growth.

Participants benefit from dedicated experienced business coaches, tailored workshops and seminars, the opportunity to engage with life sciences and technology experts.  

The Pathfinder Accelerator programme is made possible by HIE’s Northern Innovation Hub (NIH), as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal to help SMEs in the Highland Council area to improve their businesses through innovation.

The NIH project received £11m from the UK Government and £1.7m ERDF support as part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal. The Deal is a joint £315 million initiative supported by both the UK and Scottish governments.

For those interested in future Pathfinder sessions, please visit to register your interest.

To discuss how UP can help you deliver impactful innovation programmes in the public and private sector, please contact Steven Thomas.

Case Study: Proterra Energy