About Activate Capital

Over the year we seek

Over the year we seek out entrepreneurs with outstanding digital ideas — then use our business and technology expertise to guide them to further investment and lasting success.

Applications for the 2017/18 Winter programme are now open. 

how does it work?

First you’ll pitch us your business idea. Then, if selected you’ll join our rigorous six week programme, worth £30K, in the Activate Studio. Here we dedicate our time and share our knowledge — through hands-on collaboration. Together we craft your business model, strategy, product and design. We’ll perfect your pitch. We’ll begin the validation process, and you’ll take a big step towards market readiness. We’ll build your business into an viable, investor-ready prospect.

After the programme, the best startups will be rewarded with a seed investment of up to £100K in match funding, used to build and optimise an MVP. We’ve spent many years working with many types of startup. So you’ll benefit from real industry experience, learned the hard way.



We love great ideas, so we’re interested in all types of startup – but we specialise creating digital platforms. That’s where we add unique value to your idea.

The selection cycles runs throughout the year. If selected you’ll need to prepare for a two hour pitch, where you’ll amaze us with your idea.


The Programme

We take the most innovative startups through to the startup studio. Here you’ll meet your mentors. You’ll get expert feedback on your pitch, and a comprehensive analysis of your current investment proposition.

Then together we’ll help you plot your route to future success. A tailored plan, shaped around your business, that builds on your unique strengths and addresses the unique challenges you face. We’ll identify the changes you need to make to become an irresistible prospect for investors.