Growth track

The growth track is working with eight startups who are impacting the lives of people in the areas of smart spending, good saving, generating income and financial literacy. Tailored to individual growth needs, this five-month track developed by Deloitte, with their startup[at]scale proposition and with growth track partner Think Forward Initiative, offers opportunities for collaboration with relevant experts, partners and research institutes.

“Impact solutions can create a big change for many people when applied on a large scale”

The growth track runs simultaneously in two parts:

1. Capacity and capability building

In the capacity and capability building part, entrepreneurs will get access to the knowledge and know-how needed to tackle some of the growth hurdles they face.

With the support of consultants and experts from multiple institutes and corporates, startups are supported to scale. This part consists of useful workshops, mentor meetups, expert sessions and relevant topic specific events that will provide startups with the tools needed to build solutions that will address the challenges society faces. Participating startups will meet once a month and focus throughout this part on the following five core themes:

  1. Business model optimisation and strategic positioning
  2. Technology, legal, and customer experience challenges
  3. Growth strategy (incl. international growth strategy)
  4. Growth hacking, sales strategy, and execution
  5. Operational scaling challenges and HR challenges

The Think Forward Initiative growth track is unique because both the workshops and expert sessions will be tailored to your specific challenges within each theme.

2. Matchmaking

In this part, we want to help startups take their business to the next level by scaling alongside partners. The matchmaking part will run simultaneously with the capacity and capability building part and focusses on matching startup solutions to both relevant business units within the different corporate partners, as well as their clients, to establish pilot projects. Matchmaking runs for 2.5 months, after which a GO/NO-GO moment will determine if it is useful to continue the matchmaking support based on the feedback of potential partners. TFI will open doors for startups to relevant decision makers and support them throughout the deal-making process.

Process of the matchmaking part:

  1. Exploration meeting to discuss the potential match to pilot initiators
  2. Validate the strategic match with an industry expert
  3. Matching the business case to the right people within the corporate partner’s network
  4. Meeting preparations with the right business contacts within the TFI network to tailor your sales presentation to the needs of the decision maker
  5. Start with the first meeting, in some cases TFI joins to facilitate the introduction
  6. Follow up meetings to determine a pilot project with support in deal making and pilot design

What we offer

This is a fully tailored growth track designed to help a startup scale fast. To enable this, the track has two tailored parts running simultaneously – a capacity and capability building part to accelerate startup growth, and a matchmaking part to test the business case within the right industry and with the right people to scale-up further by collaborating with corporates.

Growth track agenda

Kick-off meeting Monday 14 January
Monthly workshops 15 January - 17 May
Demo day Friday 28 June
End of programme, start alumni track Monday 1 July