Hotbed Expand
dates: 23 April - 28 may


6 Week VIRTUAL Programme

Designed for fundraising startups who want direct feedback from angel investors, and support on nailing your product, GTM strategy & growth

Time requirement: 4 hours/weekly


Are you Raising money for your next round?

This programme is for founders who have raised at least £75k* and have begun preparing for their next round.

*The average founder in our last cohort had raised £225k.



We expect founders to be obsessed with creating the best version of their product, and are focused on growing fast. They love making their customers' experience the best it can possibly be.



We have a killer lineup of speakers who are here to help! Our sessions are interactive, and designed to be quick and tactical. We want founders who are eager to learn.


A few of the investors you'll practice your pitch with...


Programme: Starting 23 April 2024

Post-programme Growth Tracking
Demo Day



What You'll Learn Each Week

Week 1

We’ll spend this week understanding what investors will expect to see from you when you raise your seed round, and what you should be focusing on to get there.

Week 2

In Week 2, we’ll do a deep dive on tracking and optimising product growth, and understanding best practices for financial models.

Week 3

For Week 3, we’ll focus on the power of storytelling, and how you can craft a compelling narrative to both investors and PR. This will also cover articulating founder-market fit.

Week 4

Week 4 is focused on creating your customer ops plan that will turn your initial users/customers into your biggest fans, and help you get and retain new ones.

Week 5

In Week 5, we’ll cover building investor relationships, what to expect in your seed round, common pitfalls and much more.

Week 6

In our final week, we’ll cover how to open and close your round, from start to finish.


Our programme structure is different.

We are making arrangements to support founders financially, so we secure the rights to invest in the startups who go through our programmes via a Warrant. Founders are required to offer us an equity warrant to give Hotbed the right (but not the obligation) to subscribe in cash for shares at the same time you obtain investment in any future round, on the terms set out below. Our terms are simple, and you'll receive the full Warrant and terms are available here. You'll receive a full copy (via our brilliant partners at SeedLegals) which needs to be signed prior to the start of the programme.For non-discounted rounds (like a traditional priced-round), we take a 10% discount, and we can invest up to £100k.

***This is a discount to the subscription price paid by your investors in a particular investment round.

**No investment is guaranteed. (The equity warrant shall apply for a period of 24 months)

There is also a £50 + VAT admin fee to be paid upon acceptance.

Supported by *INCREDIBLE* partners who really get it.

What founders have to say about us

I have been part of two Hotbed programmes already. And it keeps getting better. I have derived great value out of these. The line-up of speakers/industry experts is excellent! The cohort group is very good with some excellent work being done.

Mike M
Founder @ Strabo

Hotbed programmes are totally unlike any other accelerator out there. They understand founders and have built a programme that give founders the support we really need. Access to networks of the best founders/investors. Talks and events that provide actionable insights - no waffle. 100% founder centric. Plus they'll push you out of your comfort zone. You are guaranteed to 10x your network, skills and confidence. Highly recommended.

Jacqui Meskell
Founder @ Huggnote

The best thing about Hotbed is the community of founders we met, who are all at pretty much the same stage and facing the same challenges. The group has been a great sounding board and we’ve found friends, clients and useful signposting to resources from just the network alone. The workshops and chats with investors were packed full of tips that have really helped us shift our thinking from start up to scale up.

Jo Eckersley
Founder @ Bubbl