Accelerate your growth: Services for start-ups, spin-outs and scale-ups

The UK’s telecoms sector is thriving. Vital to society and the wider economy, it delivers the infrastructure on which we build every aspect of our digital lives. 

Day in, day out, it’s paving the way for new technological solutions that will be able to meet future digital demands, whilst also serving the present. But this sector is multifaceted, and navigating a complex innovation ecosystem can be challenging.

The UKTIN Innovation Platform has been specifically designed to support early-stage telecoms R&D companies to navigate this ecosystem, with tailored growth programmes and a focus on investment, incubation and acceleration. 

Explore the UKTIN Innovation Platform today 

We can support companies in the following technology areas:

  • Security technologies
  • Wireless network technologies
  • Core network technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Compound semi-conductors
  • Non-terrestrial networks
  • Optical communications and photonics
  • Network management

Or those in adjacent sectors with telecoms applications:

  • IT and Cloud
  • Silicon, chips and electronics
  • Photonics
  • Quantum computing

We offer two strands of support, designed to be fully complementary, so we encourage organisations to consider both:

Commercialisation through partnerships

Commercialisation through partnerships

Each cohort runs for three weeks, with two hours of self-learning and a one-hour live session required each week.

Understand what future customers and other supply chain partners actually need, connect with potential supply chain partners, develop a strategy to scale, and understand corporate buying processes.


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Investment support

Investment support – position yo

Position your business for a successful raise.

Each cohort runs for three weeks, with 1.5 hours of self-learning and a one-hour live session required each week.

Explore telecoms sector investment trends, position your start-up for the right investment stage, learn how to position your business for investment, and look at opportunities for investor connections.

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Why blended learning?

The training has been designed to be as accessible and efficient as possible, maximising your learning while limiting the time you need to spend away from your business.

Both areas of support are delivered online using a mix of self-paced learning where you decide when and where to engage with the digital course content and live sessions with the trainers, mentors, and a group of peer companies.

Meet the trainers & mentors

You will be supported by a team of highly experienced mentors with digital innovation and telecommunications backgrounds.

Chris Pett


Chris Pett is experienced in working with company founders and innovators to grow their business from startup to scale, focusing on go-to-market strategy, investor-readiness and innovation portfolio management. He works with accelerator and incubator programme leads to create world-class training for startup and scale-up company founders, as well as technology transfer/spinout support for university research commercialisation teams.

Chris Pett
Stephen Mayers


Stephen is a technology leader with over 30 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications sector. He has held a variety of senior technical, sales and delivery positions for Telco operators and vendors, SMEs, and three scale-up companies (including Orange). Holding an MBA to complement his extensive industry experience, he specialises in scaling start-ups, pre-sales, leadership coaching and programme management.

Stepehn Mayers
Jenny Pater


Jenny Pater is a NED, Fractional COO, Certified Leadership Coach and Lawyer. With over 12 years’ experience in the innovation & start-up space, she’s held pivotal commercial and leadership roles within VC-backed startups from Seed to Series C. Jenny is well versed in the commercialisation of technology & research through her work with leading universities and the Catapult Network. She holds an MSc in Management & Entrepreneurship.

Jenny Pater