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Introducing the FinTech Accelerator.

Who are we?

Hi, we're Vantage.

We build accelerator programmes designed to help UK startups access investment.

Our accelerators are comprised of six interactive, in-person workshops led by our expert partners. These workshops are specially curated to help startup founders through the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey; offering specialist support, guidance and networking opportunities.

We all know that fundraising isn’t easy, but did you know that VCs grant less than 100 acceptances per year?

In order to stand out against stiff competition, founders need to be prepared.

And that’s where Vantage comes in. Our team’s extensive experience in the world of startups and corporate finance, along with the invaluable expertise of our trusted partners allows us to put together a programme optimised for business success.

Our accelerators equip founders with everything they need to prepare for investors and beyond. Each week will cover a different topic, including ‘Marketing 101’, ‘All Things Legal’ and ‘Navigating the World of Fundraising’.

But it’s not all just learning. We want our cohort members to have the best chance at securing investment, which is why we offer the opportunity to access lead VC investors through our accelerator programmes.

Introducing our brand new FinTech Accelerator

Applications for our brand-new accelerator programme - the FinTech Accelerator - are officially open!

Why FinTech?

FinTech is rapidly transforming the financial landscape. It’s a constantly evolving industry that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

The financial sector has been a long-time favourite of investors – with financial services accounting for over $130 billion in venture funding in 2021. VCs are now looking for start-ups with fresh, new ideas to shake up the industry.

The FinTech Accelerator is a six-week programme designed to help finance-related businesses prepare for their next funding round, giving them the tools to pioneer the new wave of technical advances in the UK and attract investors.

Running on a weekly basis from the 8th of March to the 12th of April, our FinTech Accelerator will cover these crucial topics:

💸Week 1: Navigating the World of Fundraising

We kick off our brand new accelerator by opening the floor to each of our cohort members, as well as experts of the corporate finance landscape who will map out the world of funding.

We'll also be joined by FinTech founders who have successfully progressed through the investment journey, offering you first-hand advice and sharing what they wish they'd known to begin with.

💸Week 2: All Things Legal

If you want to make sure you have all your legal ducks in a row to effectively scale your business, then you won’t want to miss out on this legal workshop.

Covering everything from setting up, to contracts, to trademarking and protecting your brand, to the legal side of attracting investment for your business; by the end of the workshop, you’ll be an expert on all things legal!

💸Week 3: Conducting Market Research

The accelerator's halfway point involves a workshop on vital primary and secondary market research strategies to shape value propositions, validate ideas and pitch ventures, and predict consumer behaviour. ​

We'll run through where you can find crucial data, how to pick the right customer segment, how to size a market, and much, much more.

💸Week 4: How to Build a Product-Led SaaS Company

Our fourth workshop will run you through the key components of building a product-led company. You will look at the organisational needs, the financial needs, the strategic needs, your go-to-market approach and optimised onboarding. You will take away the key requirements to effectively plan your PLG approach and build that into your road-map and pitch deck.

💸Week 5: Marketing 101

In the final workshop before the programme’s grand finale, discover the power of brand performance for your startup. Steph will run our cohort through everything from brand guidelines and launch plans to social media, SEO and content creation.

💸Week 6: Pitch Night

The final workshop of the series puts everything you've learned during the accelerator programme into practice, with the opportunity to present your new and improved pitch!

The pitch night event will give each member of the cohort the chance to receive valuable feedback from the experts and your fellow founders. With your sharpened skillset and comprehensive feedback, you'll be ready to present your business to that all-important investor panel.

How to Take Part in our FinTech Accelerator

We are currently accepting applications for our brand new FinTech Accelerator!

We welcome all FinTech businesses to apply, provided that they meet our eligibility criteria:

  • UK registered

  • 1-3 Years Trading

  • Are pre-seed/early seed

  • Able to demonstrate market traction

  • Minimum 1 active client or pilot

Our events will take place at an incredible workspace in Central London.

Submitting your application takes less than a minute, but can equip you with skills that last a lifetime.

If you’re shortlisted, we’ll reach out to you as soon as possible – make your application today!


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