Why invest with Activate?

Value Propositions with Traction
We test, iterate and refine value propositions by getting concepts in front of users as early as possible to find out what sticks.
We’re in this together
We review hundreds of applications and only work with startups that we believe in enough to invest our own money.
SEIS Investment Opportunity
High income investors in early stage startups can make high reward investments at an extraordinarily low risk.

We do the leg work

Before investors even see a proposal, Activate will have reviewed hundreds of startups and vetted them down to the very best.


De-risking early stage investing

We put selected startups through our programme to ensure technology is being used to create a high quality, profitable business proposal.

Ongoing mentoring to ensure growth

Activate continues to work with the portfolio company ensuring they stay focused and are executing per plan.


Quarterly Investor Report

As the lead investor, Activate will work with the portfolio company ensuring timely quarterly performance reports to all investors.

What is SEIS investing?

If you’re a high net worth UK resident and taxpayer, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) investments should be part of your portfolio. A “hit” can bring greater returns than almost any other type of investment.


Tax Relief Up to 50% tax relief in the tax year the investment is made.


Capital Gains Tax 100% Capital Gains Tax exemption on gains made after the three year investment period.


Loss Relief Meaning only 25-30% of total investment is at risk.


Generous Benefits for High Income Individuals

While early stage investments are more risky than typical institutional plays, the generous SEIS benefits mean you get the chance to invest in potentially game changing opportunities on highly advantageous terms.

Tax Relief Up to 50% tax relief in the tax year the investment is made.


Capital Gains Tax 100% Capital Gains Tax exemption on gains made after the three year investment period.


Loss Relief Meaning only 25-30% of total investment is at risk.


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Programme Objectives

Our programme is customised for each company but always have three fundamental objectives:
Digital Strategy
Ensure technology is being used to create a profitable digital business.


Upskill
Give entrepreneures practice using the skills they will need to survive and thrive.
Invest
Ensure the proposition is investable and prepare the founders to raise money.


Vision & Purpose


Value Proposition Design


Market Test & Validation


Digital Business Design


Value Proposition
Design & Validation

Explore the purpose and vision of your business. Create new propositions and validate product-market fit with target users. Define your business strategy for successfully meeting your customer's needs at scale.

Vision & Purpose


Value Proposition Design


Market Test & Validation


Digital Business Design


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Product Design &
Proof of Traction

Take your idea and make it a reality through cycles of design sprints, prototyping, and user testing. Build your team to meet the capability requirements of your business. Create an effective product roadmap to ensure you stay focused on the path to delivery.

Design Sprint


Impact Mapping


User Testing & Proof of Traction


Consolodating the Core Team


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Design Sprint


Impact Mapping


User Testing & Proof of Traction


Consolodating the Core Team

Agile Development Process


Scalable Product Build & Launch


Technology Management


Product Build &
Go to Market

Bridging the gap between your strategy and delivery. Build and launch your product to market using agile development techniques. Providing the technology expertise to support you with scaling and managing your product.

Agile Development Process


Scalable Product Build & Launch


Technology Management


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Support for Growth

Covers the full-spectrum of issues that prevent your business from growing naturally. It is a focused commitment to building the strongest, most profitable, version of your business possible.

Growth Acceleration


Improving Margins


Build & Manage Teams


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Growth Acceleration


Improving Margins


Build & Manage Teams





“This doesn’t feel like a traditional accelerator programme because of its intensity and because it is one-on-one. It has changed the course of our business.”

Gus Booth-Clibborn, Co-Founder & CEO - Tomo

Meet the team

The Activate team brings together experts from different backgrounds that share the ambition to design and leverage digital businesses.
 
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Adrian Austin

Inspires you to create usable digital products with the power to drive your strategy. He will help you create and develop your product in an attractive way.

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Annette Kramer

Strategy expert in assisting companies raise money globally, she will help you start the conversations investors and partners want to continue.

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Bhavesh Gorasia

With seamless organisational and interpersonal skills, he plans and delivers rewarding, successful projects, tailored to your needs.

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Greg Rice

Founded Activate Media in 1992. Offers you vast experience of establishing and nurturing relationships both in the UK and US.

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Jamie Van Dyke

With vast tech industry experience, he identifies how technology should be architectured to make your business succeed.

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Paolo Valdemarin

Keeps your vision and strategy in perfect harmony. Empowers your business with the best digital platform.

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Matt Mower

Ensures technology delivers an ROI for your business by stimulating your thinking, sharing insight & experience, and creating more value for your customers.

 

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Santosh Singh

Overcomes the most daunting tech challenges to get your product out of the door the way you wanted.

Our Portfolio

We've partnered with ambitious startups and exisitng companies to re-define their digital business strategy, create compelling experiences for their customers, and take their vision to market
 
 
Tomo Managing the habits that keep you healthy
Seed Round£350,000
StatusProduct launched
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Buddyhub Reducing loneliness for older people through social circles
Grants, Investments and Loans£187,950
StatusProduct launched
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isoshealth Combined support of a personalised team of healthcare professionals
RoundFinalising £350,000 Round
StatusProduct launched
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