SCALE-X Accelerator Programme

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

What it is?

Scale-X is an exciting opportunity for Start-up entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their business. The programme 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.

Scale-X is an 11-week Accelerator Programme which is targeted at start up entrepreneurs with the potential for fast growth.

Who is eligible?

  • Any founder(s) with ambitions to grow their business globally.
  • Any founder(s) with the potential for fast business growth
  • A potential spin-out from an existing firm or third level institution
  • A commitment to grow your business from Donegal, no matter where in the world you live right now.
  • The programme is open to residents of County Donegal or anyone that is part of the Donegal Diaspora within Ireland or worldwide. 


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 idea, as well as solutions that solve a distinct customer problem.

We will select twelve teams to go with us on this journey. This will be 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 interview shortlisted candidates on a rolling basis, so apply early to give yourself the best possible chance to be accepted.

You must be available to participate on all programme days as outlined for Zoom sessions (Z) and in-person sessions (I-P)

Closing Deadline & Key Dates:

The closing date for applications is midday on the 27th March 2023.

Successful applicants will be informed on week commencing 3rd April and the programme will kick off on Wednesday 19th April.

Programme Schedule


19 Apr 2023


Accelerator LaunchpadYou get to know your course-mates, learn the core principles of the lean startup methodology, and make a start on clearly defining the key elements of your opportunity. 
26 Apr 2023 (Z)De-Risk Your Venture

You learn a framework for identifying and prioritising the key risks related to your venture. You also learn a process for reducing risk through rapid cycles of test and learn.

3 May 2023 (Z)Customer Discovery

You learn a process for testing the riskiest parts your new venture.

10 May 2023 (Z)
Pitching your Venture

You learn a proven, effective pitching framework and strategies for crafting and delivering a compelling pitch. 

17 May 2023 (Z) MVP Thinking In this workshop you’ll learn how to apply MVP thinking to help reduce risk and build momentum.
24 May 2023 (Z) Tracking Progress with KPIsYou’ll learn how to measure your progress through KPI management.
31 May 2023 (Z)

Achieving Product Market Fit

You’ll learn why product market fit is critical to success and learn a set of key indicators to help you determine if/when you’ve achieved product market fit.

7 June 2023 (Z)

Building & Leading your Startup Team

You’ll explore the role of leadership in the startup environment and the job of a startup founder.  

14 June 2023 (Z) Funding Your VentureYou’ll learn how to identify your funding need and select which type of funding is most appropriate for your situation.
21 June 2023 (Z) Pitch Practice You'll have the opportunity to practice your pitch and get expert and peer feedback.  

28 June 2023


Final Pitching Event (full day in-person) 

A hosted celebratory event where you pitch to a panel of investors, industry experts and support agencies. 

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