Tech South West Growth Programme

The Best Tech in the West Growth Programme brings together a cohort of emerging high potential tech companies, giving them free business support and connecting them with business and funding specialists and investors.

The programme helps showcase and support up to 30 high potential companies in the tech sector each year across the South West.

Get involved

Companies can apply or be nominated by tech clusters Silicon South, Software Cornwall, Tech Exeter, Digital Plymouth, TechSPARK, Digital Northern Devon, Digital Taunton and Engine Shed Bristol.

The programme is funded by Tech South West and partners.


  • Seed to pre-Series A funding stage OR if revenue focused, generating annual revenues below £1.5m
  • A digital tech business with a product or service to sell
  • At least one active client or pilot
  • Able to demonstrate market traction
  • HQ’d in the South West of England*
  • Company incorporated between 1-3 years

*Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset Wiltshire.

Applications are scored on

  • Value proposition
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Experience of Team
  • Potential to scale
  • Traction


Expertise is provided by a range of specialist partners in growth, investment, funding, business strategy, brand development, legal, financial and corporate governance.

It is delivered through three full day sessions each autumn, along with an on-going buddy scheme, 1-1 support from an adviser lead and a final pitch event.

What you get

  • Funding, business strategy, brand, legal and financial expertise
  • Potential access to funding
  • PR as a Best of the West company
  • Business expertise and contacts
  • Help to get funding ready
  • Boost your business strategy

Apply now

Applications for the annual programme must be received by Friday June 19.

The Best Tech in the West top 30 is announced in July. The core of programme activity runs September to November.

Register your interest