FORWARD Accelerator Programme

We are seeking the best entrepreneurs and high-growth startups across the world to join our global FORWARD Accelerator programme.

FORWARD is a 6 month accelerator programme, based in the UK, designed to provide essential support to high growth, scaling businesses. The programme focuses on 6 key areas (as seen below) to help your business surround itself with everything that it needs to grow successfully. 

By combining best practice with bespoke elements, expert advice and access to an active community of world-class entrepreneurs, we are able to ensure that, with your commitment and engagement, you take away the skills, resources and connections you need to build a global business.

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Application for Next FORWARD Accelerator are Now Open for Our 2022 F4 Cohort Starting by January 2022

We have put together a package of resources specifically for high growth startups & scaleups that will be offered to you as part of the programme.

Market Access

Strategic Partnerships

Funding Strategy

Structure & Operations

Growth Strategies

Capacity Development
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Access to Global Markets

Support through our global partners across the world including Australia, India, Europe, Latin America & more to access new markets to enable growth.

Funding Opportunities

Not only do we support businesses with investment readiness but we also provide access to a range of funding opportunities including equity, debt & grant funding.

Strategic Partnerships

We support you to identify and connect with partners who could add significant value to the growth of your business including R&D support & customer acquisition channels.

UK Soft Landing

For non-UK businesses we provide soft landing services including support with entity registration, registered addresses, visas & more.

Expert Mentor Access

Support from our whole pool of over 25 mentors who come from a wide range of backgrounds & experiences. 

Entrepreneurial Development

Ongoing support for your personal development as an entrepreneur including coaching, training & workshops.

Global Community

Access to a constantly growing community of entrepreneurs from across the world both virtually & through physical events.


Access to the stunning Alpha Works co-working space providing you with a dynamic & inspiring environment to work in.

Strategic & Global Partners


Ready To Start The Next Stage of Your Journey?

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Application for FORWARD F4 now open to join 2022 cohort and will close end Novmber. We have also put together some information to help with your application which can be found here. if you have any questions please get in touch. T&C
FORWARD Programme fees: £5K +VAT *
*Bootstrapping a business is a challenge.BEC loves to work with successful companies. You and your fellow founders might not have the cash available to allow you to afford the right level of advice to move towards scale at the pace you want to move at. This is why we have built a system, if you qualify for the Forward Accelerator, but can’t afford the fee, we are willing to work on a percentage of ownership in exchange for our proven engagement with your company. We believe that every owner needs to be in control of their own destiny.
Our ownership model will leave you with the leverage and tools you need to move to your next level powered and supported by BEC.  See if you would qualify for the program and possibly equity engagement. Terms & Conditions

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