Pathfinder Accelerator programme - taster session
Time: 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Helping entrepreneurs find the right path.
Pathfinder is a fully funded opportunity for entrepreneurs to accelerate their new product or business in only six months. Participants will be taught practical tools and techniques to interrogate their idea, plan for opportunities and optimise for marketplace success. To help you execute your idea, Pathfinder delegates are coached directly by experts across a range of disciplines including new product development, innovation, business strategy, finance, investment and more. The programme includes a “Dragon’s Den” style pitching session in front of real investors in a safe environment to help to you prepare for just about anything in the commercial world.
Pathfinder Accelerator supports businesses, social enterprises, entrepreneurs and start-ups in the Highland Council area looking to develop a product, service or business model that relates to technology, life sciences, IT, healthcare, engineering, or aquaculture. This includes businesses using technology to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’re not sure if your business is eligible, sign up to our taster session to find out more or get in touch with us to discuss further.
Would you like to find out more? Join one of our upcoming taster sessions for a chance to learn more about the programme, meet the coaches and other likeminded businesses considering taking part.
If you are thinking about it – do it!Sodi Kakouris, Pathfinder Alumni, LGOWIT
We are inviting applications from life sciences and technology businesses to join the next cohort of our popular Pathfinder Accelerator programme. Set to start on 9th September, Pathfinder Accelerator is a fully funded, six-month programme for businesses looking to fast-track the launch of a new product, service or business model.
For those wanting to know more, we will be holding taster sessions on Thursday 24 June at 2pm and Wednesday 28 July from 12pm to 1pm. The events will offer an introduction to the programme plus opportunities to meet members of the Skillfluence team who - in partnership with Investing Women Angels - will coach participants.
With over 10 years’ experience in the design and delivery of business innovation and growth programmes, Jamie McCallum is exceptionally well placed to be the course director of Pathfinder Accelerator. As a former tech CEO and as a business owner (Sort & Scale Academy), Jamie knows the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship but with his knowledge of business strategy, innovation and commercialisation he is excited to lead participants through the Pathfinder Programme.
Watch this space as further speakers will be announced soon.
The advice we received was invaluable and our business has gone from strength to strength thanks to the programme.Jason and Yvonne Lancaster, Co-founders , Welan
Discover how one Highland business owner faced the challenges brought about by COVID-19 and, by taking part in HIE’s Pathfinder Accelerator, was able to turn them into opportunities to innovate and grow.
A childhood spent in Papua New Guinea, combined with expertise in micro renewable energy systems, led Terry Stebbings and his brother Neil to develop HydroTrailer, a cost-effective mobile hydropower system designed for developing countries.
LGOWIT (Let’s Get On With It Together) was established in 2011 to provide ongoing support for people living with long-term health conditions.
Do you have a question about our Pathfinder programme? Find the answers to some of our frequently asked questions below
Two things. Speed and Action! By bringing together a highly experienced team of expert trainers, coaches and investors, Pathfinder Accelerator will help you to rapidly execute your venture in the shortest possible time. It will help you avoid costly pitfalls and rapidly increase your confidence as you evolve your ideas based on real-world action-orientated validation of your product, service, marketing, business model and more. You will have access to a network of experts and resources that you can tap into to bring your ideas to life. Plus, it's all designed so you can fit the programme around your busy schedule without the need to travel. You will be pushed to reach your goals and ensure your business is reaching its full potential.
The programme is open to small-medium size businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs related to the following industries: Life sciences, healthcare, animal health, aquaculture, technology, IT, or engineering.
This business should be based in the Highland Council region and looking to launch a new product or service or changing your business model. This includes businesses using technology to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this.
Through a series of workshops, led by highly experienced trainers, the programme covers a range of business skills. These aim to help you boost your business and fast track the development, implementation and growth of new products, services, or business models. Topics covered in the programme include:
As part of the programme, you will have access to coaching, mentoring and the opportunity to work with experienced investors and roundtable events with subject experts.
The next programme will begin 9th September 2021. We will run three cohorts per year until 2024
Applications will usually close 2 weeks before the programme start date. The upcoming closing date is 19 August 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the Pathfinder team.
The programme runs for six months. After this you will be invited to join our alumni events.
The programme is split into two three-month stages.
In the first stage you will be required to attend one live online workshop for half a day per week. In the second stage you will be required to attend around one hour per week. Some additional time will be required for 1-2-1 coaching and online learning activities throughout the programme.
The programme is free to attend. Funding will be provided by State Subsidy and you will receive a letter to notify you of the aid received.
After the programme you will have access to alumni resources including a news bulletin, roundtable events with industry and business experts.
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Meeting the needs of local businesses.
Pathfinder is a support programme delivered through the Northern Innovation Hub, designed to build on and accelerate business innovation.
It is funded through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.