Our Unique Menu of SME and Start-Up Accelerator Services
Innovation Support Options
Innovation Diagnostic & Action Planning
We'll collaborate with you to identify and understand your own innovation challenges and prioritise actions to best make progress. Understanding where you are now, and where you want to get to, will help you navigate to successful outcomes.
Customer Discovery Sprint
Join a small cohort on an expert-led 6 week blended learning sprint designed for start-ups and SMEs. You'll need a new revenue generating concept you are looking to quickly commercialise and follow a proven approach led by Rainmaking to validate customer need, gain market insight, and quantify implementation challenges.
12 - 24 month Research Support
Benefit from access to world class expertise and facilities to solve your R&D challenges. Whatever the technical need (e.g. engineering, logistics, management) or your level of in-house capability, The University of Liverpool can match your ambition to expert resources to create added value for your business.
Short Term Research Support
Enhance your R&D capacity by tapping into the diverse skills of graduate researchers at The University of Liverpool. These demand led projects are matched to your priority needs and available as a stand-alone project or in combination with the Innovation Sprints.
Cluster Support & Development
Wraparound support, events and networking opportunities delivered by the UK’s leading maritime cluster organisation. We’ll help connect you with business leaders, facilitate supply chain opportunities and share industry expertise and best practice.
We Help You Find the Support You Need.
Our programme of support doesn't stop when you join one of the cohorts above. We'll create a bespoke Innovation Action Plan with you that means when the time is right we'll be able to match your needs to a thriving sector and business support ecosystem within Liverpool City Region.
Prototype & Launch Sprint
This 14 week sprint builds on Customer Discovery to support the launch of your new product to the market. We do this by working with you to develop your MVP, secure early traction and test the riskiest assumptions in your business model. The Rainmaking team are global industry experts, leveraging their know how to gain the tools and skills to launch and grow your new product.