How We Can Help


Each year C4DI helps a small, focussed, selection of fast-track high-growth startups through a process that develops robust and globally-connected businesses.

We don't run a formalised accelerator or a standard structured approach to incubating startups, as we tailor our approach to each opportunity based on the skills and resources needed to help accelerate the growth of that business.

If appropriate, we have access to a network of funds and investors that we can we can help our startups we're incubating connect with.

Startup Incubation

We have a range of services to help early stage businesses from business planning support and strategy, through to events specifically focussed on scaling, technical advice, presentation skills and building a team. Our programmes and events are designed to minimise the amount of time you spend as a startup and to get you on the path to be a scaling as quickly and appropriately as possible.

ScaleUp Incubation

Starting in 2019 we are delighted to be partnering with Barclays to help support high growth businesses. To be part of this programme, you will either be a ScaleUp Business…

A ‘ScaleUp’ is an enterprise with average annual growth in employees or turnover greater than 20 per cent per annum over a three year period, and with more than 10 employees at the beginning of the period.

…alternatively if you don’t meet the criteria of a ScaleUp business, but are clearly on that trajectory and would still like to be part of the programme, and meet the following criteria, please get in touch:


  1. Have a product with a business model that is both repeatable and scalable and can confidently pitch to investors or customers.

  2. Are in revenue or going through funding rounds

  3. Have engaged with C4DI/Barclays incubation support programmes (workshops, events, 1:1s etc)

If you are a startup looking for incubation, or an investor looking for opportunities, please contact John Connolly :


Real People.  Real Stories.  Real Success.

Simon Kidd

From concept to selling to a FTSE100 in three months.  Being a member of the C4DI has allowed me to drive the applications that I develop at a pace I’ve never been able to before. By spending most of my time in the “quiet room” it allows me to remove almost all the distractions I have been used to throughout my working life, leaving me to focus on what matters the most. The team at C4DI frequently run events that only members have access to, which not only improve me as a person, but also give me a competitive advantage over others in my field.

James Horspool - TXOPS

The beauty of C4DI is through its members, their connections, talent and the creative atmosphere within. I simply do not think I could not have achieved my vision anywhere else, because those now engaged with my project are truly engaged in a way that a purely commercial transaction could not achieve. I could not find a better pool of passion, knowledge and an ability to seek solutions and solve challenging problems under one roof, and the fact it is in Hull is fantastic! 



Jim Wardlaw - MrLista

Working alongside the members I was quickly flooded with lots of new clients and exciting work. I really enjoy having an ever changing cast of people to bounce ideas off, or just chew the fat over a biscuit or three.

Through C4DI I was able to turn MrLista from a long term dream into a full fledged startup. This would have never happened with out links to local investment and business advice that comes with being a member.