An accelerated approach to the London & UK Market utilising our flexible framework for Market Entry

The Program

Rainmaking Expand: United Kingdom is a 4-month opportunity for growth stage startups & SMEs, with a Singaporean legal entity, to accelerate market entry into the UK, focusing on business development and leveraging genuine commercial opportunities.

Sponsored by Enterprise Singapore, our Rainmaking Expand framework aims to accelerate the speed to market while de-risking market expansion through a rigorous viability assessment, curated expert guidance and targeted introductions to strong business leads.

During the program, your time will focus on ramping up for your market entry into the UK, covering topics such as mapping, assessing and validating real commercial opportunities with the support of our in-market experts. Our goal is to drive commercial opportunity with you, and provide leads for early business development and detailed validation. This approach features two 2-month phases, focused on validating, refining and de-risking market entry into the UK.

Applications for this program are currently open, please apply below.

Phase 1

Market Ramp-Up

8 Weeks Remote

This phase focuses on helping companies understand the UK market in detail, gain an understanding on how to validate their business for market entry, and to begin building networks into UK.

Market Discovery & Expansion Readiness

A 4-week sprint of workshops, mentoring & discovery sessions, focused on market discovery and preparations for expansion – Custom designed to meet the needs of each individual company

This sprint helps startups and SMEs to understand the market specifics in the UK and how to operate there. More broadly, companies will be briefed on expansion methodologies and experiment sprints, ensuring they are well placed to take advantage of any opportunity identified.

UK Customer Development Sprint Readiness

A 4-week customer development sprint based on our proven venture expansion methodology

The sprint focuses on speaking to customers and potential partners in the UK in order to validate the desirability of a company’s solution within the UK market and identify potential partners within the ecosystem. This phase enables participating companies to de-risk expansion before committing significant human and financial resources.


Phase 2

Go To Market

4 Weeks Remote, 4 Weeks in UK

This phase will be delivered on a 1:1 basis. It focuses on designing pilot experiments, minimum viable concepts, and PoCs with customers and commercial collaborators in the UK, as well as building connections with the the UK investor community.

Market Validation Sprint (remote)

4-week remote validation sprint

This sprint focuses on securing commitments from target customers, commercial collaborators and investors in the UK to engage with you while you are in the UK. Target engagements include PoCs, pilot experiments, sales and investment pitches, and the development of minimum viable concepts tailored to the UK market.

Market Validation Sprint (in the UK)

Customised 4-week expansion validation sprint in London

This intense 4-week period is dedicated to designing and executing PoCs, pilots, MVCs and both commercial and investment pitches. You will be supported by Rainmaking’s London-based Partnerships Lead who will provide access to a deep local network to help your business rapidly expand.

Program Timeline

The program runs on an always-on basis*. We will be accepting companies into the program every month, allowing for flexible and dynamic approaches to the UK market, which is inline with both your company plans and with the opportunities discovered in-market.

*Please note that this timeline is indicative and will be customised to your exact needs

Selection Process

We have a rolling selection process, which means slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your application passes the initial stage, you’ll be invited to an online call for a final review. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the program, and for us to better understand how we might support your expansion goals.

Application


On average, our programs attract 100+ applications. We have a rolling selection process, which means spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you are interested to join, please register your interest below.

Interview


If your application passes the initial stages, you’ll be invited to an online call for final review. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the program, and for us to better understand how we might support your expansion goals.

Phase 1


If you’re one of the companies selected for Phase 1, you’ll participate in an 8-week online sprint of workshops, mentoring & discovery sessions, focused on market discovery, customer development and preparations for expansion.

Phase 2


In Phase 2, you’ll participate in a second 8-week sprint, culminating in four weeks dedicated to designing and executing PoCs, pilots, MVCs, and commercial & investment pitches with target partners on the ground in London.

Why United Kingdom?

Strong Infrastructure & Dynamic Entrepreneur Community

The UK — and London in particular — boasts a dynamic entrepreneurial community, supportive policy environment and strong infrastructure created by the UK government. Startups and SMEs are able to take advantage and benefit from robust networks, favourable policy incentives and regular opportunities to meet and cooperate with other ecosystem stakeholders.

A Stepping Stone to Europe with a Large Customer Base

As the VC and unicorn capital of Europe, the UK market is the ideal stepping stone for companies that wish to take advantage of opportunities in Europe as well as the UK’s world class capital markets and professional services. In addition to the UK’s large consumer base, companies are able to easily reach the broader European market of over 500 million customers.

Easy to Establish in the UK

Companies can easily establish in the UK, with very few hurdles to clear. Starting or registering a business is easy and is not subject to any visa or residency requirements. Furthermore, the UK makes running a business relatively simple in comparison to other European countries and boasts a diverse and highly educated workforce.

Leading Market in Europe for Funding & Investments

The UK is the leading market in Europe for Venture Capital, and leads in terms of volume of funding provided to startups, with total funding exceeding $19.6 billion in 2022. A variety of UK government policies that incentivise VC investing makes investors eager to explore opportunities to fund companies in the UK.

Opportunities in Multiple Industries

The UK is home to a variety of different industries and constant infrastructure improvements create new opportunities for companies on a regular basis. Almost every sector has clear opportunities, but startups in energy, transportation, waste management, financial services, tourism and telecommunications can benefit from recent growth and a need for improvements.

Variety of Grants, Incentives and Schemes to Support and Grow Businesses

The UK government has established a variety of benefits for companies to utilise in the market, and has created dedicated Enterprise Zones which provide extra support around business expansion and investment. Companies can access incentives and grants related to their industry to subsidise their investments and can also benefit from tax relief.

Costs Supported by Enterprise Singapore

Rainmaking Expand: United Kingdom is a program supported by Enterprise Singapore as official partner for the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA).

Singapore-based legal entities can benefit from financial support to take part in the program. If selected for the program, the majority of participation costs will be subsidised by Enterprise Singapore for Singapore-based legal entities. A small, remaining participation fee will be paid by participating companies.

8-weeks remote

You will:
Work with us to develop your
expansion strategy and roadmap

Receive end-to-end, dedicated & customised support from our UK team, industry experts & advisor network

Conduct exploratory conversations with
potential customers and collaborators

8-weeks, 4-weeks remote + 4-weeks in the UK*

You will:
Work with us to execute
your entry strategy

Open focused business conversations with potential customers and collaborators in the UK
 
Concentrate on securing new customers and pilot opportunities with commercial collaborators

*subject to prevailing conditions & travel restrictions. Travel costs (flights, accommodation, etc) are not included.

S$ 8,736 per Company

After Enterprise Singapore’s subsidy

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Rainmaking is one the world’s most prolific corporate innovation and new venture building studios. We are a global team of over 200 that creates, accelerates, and scales new businesses with the world’s leading corporations and entrepreneurs across 13 offices on 4 continents.

Since 2010, we have run our accelerator programs under the Startupbootcamp (SBC) brand. We are now a global family of 20+ accelerator programs running +90 cycles in partnership with 200+ industry partners across various sectors.

Rainmaking Expand: United Kingdom has been launched with the support of Enterprise Singapore (ESG), as one of the programs under the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA). GIA is a joint initiative between ESG and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) which aims to connect Singaporean startups & SMEs to major innovation hubs around the world, so as to support their overseas expansion plans.

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