Launching October 2020

The Scale-Up Program

Cornerstone: 2.0 is an advanced 9-week program designed to challenge, connect and drive the growth of black and diverse businesses

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Cornerstone: 2.0 Scale-Up Program which will run between October – 9th December 2020. This nine-week program will enable 20 black and diverse founders to scale their business operations, absorb cutting-edge knowledge from operators and significantly grow their network of investors.

In accordance with social distancing guidance, the Cornerstone 2.0 Scale-Up Program will be held remotely this year, however, we are hoping to hold our world-renown Demo Day in person (if social distancing measures permit). Everything you have come to expect from our sessions will remain integral to the programme including business training from serial entrepreneurs and renowned speakers and ongoing support and mentoring. Alongside this program will include sessions focused on networking, coaching and mentoring. The programme will conclude with a final pitch day (demo day) allowing all cohort members to showcase their business to a room full of investors and respected individuals from the eco-system.

We are excited to host Cornerstone 2.0 for growth-stage businesses seeking funding. We look forward to welcoming new businesses to Cohort II.

Application Deadline September 19th 2020

Speaker, Mark Maciver (Founder of SliderCuts) delivering a masterclass on hiring good people

Cohort members, (founders of Eloise Beauty) delivering their pitch

Cohort member, Jess Aryee (founder of coffee shop chain Jess and the Beanstalk) delivering her winning pitch

Speaker, Daniel Land (founder of Coco di Mama) delivering a masterclass on how to scale your operations


How do I apply

Applications are open now and close on September 19th, 2020. Apply here

Who are Cornerstone Partners?

Cornerstone Partners is the first angel syndicate focused on investing in black and diverse businesses in the UK. Our mission is simple, we want to create the largest and most influential angel network for black and diverse founders. We focus our attention on this group because we believe that their entrepreneurial talent is often overlooked, underestimated, and underrepresented in the traditional funding community. We currently have eleven clients in our portfolio and all investments made are funded by our partner capital contributions.

What will Cornerstone 2.0: The Scale-Up Program 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. Marketing and Sales
  3. Scaling your Operations
  4. Financial Modelling
  5. Storytelling and Pitching
  6. 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 business to graduate from the program excited and fully prepared to execute your future plans.

Can anybody apply to be part of the cohort?

This is the program for you if:

  • You are a founder from a black and or diverse background
  • Your business is post revenue and making £50k+ pa
  • Your business is based in the UK
  • You already have customers and you’re ready to significantly increase your customer base
  • 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?

  • August 7th – Applications open
  • September 19th – Applications close
  • September 14th – September 28th interviews take place
  • October 6th – Start date
  • December 9th – Demo day

Please note that you will need to be available to attend a video interview between September 14th – September 28th

Where will the program take place?

All sessions will be held remotely using a range of communication platforms to make it as fun and interactive as possible

What type of businesses can apply?

The Cornerstone Partners Scale-Up Program is best suited to growing UK businesses with less than 7 years We are particularly interested in businesses seeking equity investment or loan finance in the next 18-24 months.

If successful, will I receive funding from Cornerstone 2.0: The Scale-Up Program?

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

Cornerstone 2.0: The Scale-Up Program is designed to give you the knowledge and tools to take your business to next level and give you a stronger chance of raising investment. At the end of the program, one business will be selected to take through the investment process at Cornerstone Partners, and in addition to this a number of investors will be invited to our demo day, and this will heighten your chances of securing investment.

Cornerstone Partners (Angel Network) will not organise the fundraising but will be able to support you through the fundraising process.

We provide you with all of the tools to build a great business, but your passion and drive are the key ingredients.

What 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 business, thanks to the subsidies provided through the Cornerstone Network. Payment will be due within 14 days of confirmation of your place on the program.

How can I contact you for future questions?

For further questions, please contact