Donegal SCALE-X

Donegal SCALE-X


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Make this summer the defining moment in your success story! Closing date: 24/05/21



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However, you need to show a commitment to grow your business from Donegal.

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What it is?

Donegal SCALE-X, a programme unlike any other,

You aspire to build a business that competes on a global scale, and we’re here to support you to do just that.

Donegal SCALE-X focuses on giving you a deep understanding of the metrics that can drive your success, the skills to build financial models that stand up to investor scrutiny, and industry engagement and mentorship that give you valuable insights to adapt your business model to create the perfect fit.

Who is eligible for Donegal SCALE-X?

  • Any founder(s) with ambitions to grow their business globally.
  • A technology (including lifesciences) or digital focus, but we’re open to any industry vertical.
  • A commitment to grow your business from Donegal, no matter where in the world you live right now.


Donegal SCALE-X is seeking founders that have a unique insight into their industry, borne out of deep industry expertise or an evident passion for their space, as well as solutions that solve a distinct customer problem.

We will select ten teams to go with us on this journey based on the scale of ambition of the founder/s, the potential market size of your chosen field, and, most importantly, the teams that we feel we can help the most. We will review every application and will interview shortlisted candidates on a rolling basis, so apply early to give yourself the best possible chance to be accepted.

Application Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midday on the 24th of May. Successful applicants will be informed on the week of the 31st of May and the programme will kick off on the 9th of June.

Programme Schedule

June 9thIntroductions & Understanding Your BusinessDeveloping your expectations of us, and our expectations of you.
June 16thFinance For StartupsUnderstanding the fundamentals of finance to ensure solid foundations for your business
June 23rdModelling And MetricsDevelop investor ready financial projections and build your business’ success metrics
June 30thRight Product – Right TimeUnderstanding your customer and developing your product for fit
July 7thBusiness Models & MetricsSetting realistic and measurable KPI’s that ensure you can track your development
July 14thTelling Your Business StoryUnderstanding the story you wish to tell, the materials you need to tell it, and how to pitch in business settings
July 21stMarketingBrand, PR and marketing fundamentals that create your pipeline for success
July 28thSalesDeveloping your sales process, tracking relevant metrics and scaling the operations as you grow
August 4thTeam & CultureDesigning your organisation, focusing on key early hires, and setting and scaling your culture
August 11thFinance And InvestmentUnderstand the most appropriate sources of finance for your company and establishing the right investors for you
August 18thBuilding Your Investment PipelineThe steps to investor readiness and building your investor data room. Polish your pitch
August 25thExperts’ DayNeed help with any aspect of your business? We have the experts to help!
September 1stProgramme Showcase – a celebration of your time on the programme and presenting how far you have come.

The sessions above will be interspersed with fireside chats and seminars from individuals locally and internationally who have scaled companies successfully, giving you the nuggets of their experiences and learnings along the way. Throughout the programme you will also be introduced to potential mentors, partners and investors who will spend time with you to develop your next steps.

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