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ELITE Programme

ELITE is a business support programme designed to help the UK’s most exciting and ambitious private companies prepare and structure for their next stage of growth. It facilitates structured engagement between the participating companies and business leaders, entrepreneurs corporate advisers and the investor community.

ELITE enhances the growth prospects of member companies through a unique package of education, business support and access to investors.

How does ELITE work?

A company joins ELITE for an 18 month period, at the most senior level. The programme consists of three aspects:

Companies join as a cohort and make their way through a series of comprehensive modules and workshops designed in collaboration with Imperial College Business School and external experts to stimulate organisational review and change.

ELITE scholarship for female entrepreneurs

Imperial College Business School is a proud partner of London Stock Exchange’s ELITE – an initiative to support ambitious businesses through their scale-up challenges. We are therefore pleased to offer two ELITE scholarships of £7,500 each to exceptional female entrepreneurs / CEOs joining ELITE in each cohort.

Selection Criteria
The scholarships will be awarded to women who can demonstrate their entrepreneurial ambitions and high potential to drive their businesses forward. Successful candidates would also show their determination to act as role models for other women.

How to apply
To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must apply for the ELITE programme and ensure they address the selection criteria above in their written ELITE application form. No additional steps are required.

For more information on how to apply for the ELITE programme and the scholarship please contact us here.


Iain McDougall

Interview with Iain McDougall, CEO, Taragenyx

Iain talks about the key challenges of Taragenyx’s growth journey and the reasons why he decided to join the ELITE programme.

Interview with Anthony Fletcher, CEO, graze

Anthony talks about the biggest challenges that could hold small businesses back and explains why initiatives like ELITE are vital to rapid growing businesses like graze.

Sarah Wood

Interview with Sarah Wood, cofounder and COO, Unruly

Sarah shares the ups and downs of Unruly’s growth journey, as well as their exciting plans for the future, and explains their creative approach in tackling the talent crunch in the tech sector.

Interview with Michael Kraftman, CEO, Vision Direct

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