Cornerstone 2.0 Scale up program

Cornerstone: 2.0 is an advanced 9-week program designed to challenge, connect, and drive growth for the most innovative and inspiring tech ventures. 

Sponsored by Level39

What is Cornerstone 2.0?

Cornerstone: 2.0 is our flagship nine-week scale up program designed for 20 tech start-ups to accelerate their growth through tailored coaching and mentoring, dynamic workshops, expert support and investor networks.

Cornerstone 2.0 will be held at the prestigious Level39 in Canary Wharf with sweeping views of London. We are delighted to partner with Level39 for this years programme. Level39 is a world leading technology hub and home to 1,250 tech leaders driving innovation across verticals from Cyber Security to Fintech and IoT.

Delivered over 9 weeks, Cornerstone 2.0 combines advanced business training from serial tech entrepreneurs and renowned speakers, expert support and coaching to help growth-stage ventures accelerate their success. Cornerstone Partners has invested over £1.1m into UK start-ups to date and is actively looking for founders operating in the B2B Tech, Consumer Tech and Services Tech space. The businesses will be SEIS/EIS qualified and require investment of at least £25k – £100K over the next 12 -18 months.

The scale up program culminates in a final pitch day (demo day) providing you with a unique opportunity to tell your story with a room full of potential investors!

If you are successful in being invited onto the program, you will be asked to pay an administration cost of £199. This fee has been susbsidised by Cornerstone Partners to ensure that as many founders as possible are able to apply.

Applications are open now and close on OCTOBER 3RD 2021

Who is it for?

Cornerstone: 2.0 is best suited to growing UK based tech ventures less than 7 years old or SEIS/EIS qualified, who have a monthly turnover of more than £10K, have 2 or more members of staff and are seeking equity investment or loan finance in the next 6-12 months.

What's involved?

  • Nine-week structured learning plan
  • Group and one-to-one expert coaching sessions
  • Access to funding networks and a  community of ambitious founders
  • Complete the program for a chance to secure investment from Cornerstone Partners

Topics Covered

  • How to hire good talent and incentivise
  • How to use OKRs/growth models effectively
  • How to model and manage your cashflow
  • How to build a scalable sales team
  • How to achieve a return on your ad spend
  • How to iterate your product and roadmap
  • How to protect and identify key legal issues
  • How to raise capital


Who are Cornerstone Partners?

We are an angel network providing curated investment opportunities of between £25k and £100k into pre seed and seed stage businesses across the UK led by black and diverse founders.  

Our invitation only investment platform provides a unique opportunity for beginners and experts alike to build a diversified SEIS/EIS portfolio of fast-growing UK start-ups and invest alongside Cornerstone Partners, a leading angel syndicate.

What will Cornerstone 2.0 do for my business?

Your team will embark on a nine-week program with a cohort of entrepreneurs. You will receive training on:

1. Raising Capital

2. Iterating your product and roadmap

3. Using OKRs and other growth models

4. Hiring good talent

5. Building a scalable sales team

and more…

You will receive bespoke mentorship for the duration of the program (with the potential to extend this further). Our goal is to help your businesses thrive and if needs be, to give you room to pivot or completely change direction.

We want you and your venture to graduate from the program excited and fully prepared to execute your future plans.

Can anybody apply to be part of the cohort?

This program is for you if:​

  • You already have customers and you’re ready to scale

  • You’re full-time, or almost full-time on your business

  • You’re ready to raise funding for your business

  • You want to connect with other ambitious, diverse entrepreneurs 

What are the key program dates?

Applications open – 3rd September

Applications close – 3rd October 

Video Interviews – 27th to 30th September 

Final allocation – 1st October 

Program Launch – 5th October 

Program Close / Demo Night – 7th December 

Please note that you will need to be available to attend a video interview between 27th to 30th September. 

What type of businesses can apply?

The Cornerstone Partners Scale-Up Program is best suited to growing UK tech ventures which are less than 7 years old, SEIS/EIS qualified, and have monthly turnover of £10k or greater.

If successful, will I receive funding from Cornerstone 2.0?

Funding is obviously a critical element for the success of your venture.  

Cornerstone 2.0 is designed to get your business ready for angel or institutional investment. 

We provide you with all of the tools to build a great business but your passion, drive and commitment will determine how much you get out of the program.

Our program ends with a Demo Day which gives you the opportunity to tell your story to a room full of key stakeholders and potential investors.

How much does the program cost?

The cost of the program is over £2,250. We are pleased to be able to offer the program at £199 per venture thanks to subsidies provided by Cornerstone Partners. Payment will be due within 14 days of confirmation of your place on the program. 

When is payment due?

Payment will be due within 14 days of confirmation of your place on the program. 

Do I need to live in London to apply?

No, we are keen to build a UK-wide cohort. However, you will need to travel to central London at least once a week for the duration of the program.

How can I contact you for future questions?

For further questions, please contact Wilfred Fianko at