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The Pioneer 10 story

The US space probe Pioneer 10, famous for completing the first mission to Jupiter, inspired a new generation of possibilities, pushing boundaries and exploring new opportunities.

Pioneer 10 is our inspiration for developing a business acceleration programme that stimulates innovation and fosters talent in the commercial world.

Join Pioneer 10 for the opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and inspirational commercial leaders and to take advantage of our range of tools and support opportunities plus the chance to be recognized as one of the leading pioneering businesses in the area.

Apply for the chance to receive up to 15k of support

Is it right for me?

The programme is designed for entrepreneurs and business owners who are ambitious to grow. It is open to anyone of any age and experience. As a regional service, you must either be a resident, currently or hope to run a business in or near Stockport.

Those joining the programme will have access to free tools and support, the opportunity to attend business-building workshops and be in with a chance of being selected to receive one-to-one coaching and extensive business support worth in the region of £15k.  

Read how last year’s Pioneers reached new heights and continue to innovate in their fields.

Read their stories

How does it work?

You can access online tools and advice at any time by joining the Pioneer 10 community. Our workshops start in early 2018 and continue until October.

We then begin our search for the 10 top innovators in Stockport. Pioneers are invited to join an intensive growth programme that offers tools, coaching and support. The final stage of the programme involves Pioneers pitching to business leaders who determine the pioneer with the most potential to be recognised with business support package worth approximately £15,000.

View our Support Package

Meet our business leaders

With a passion for nurturing emerging entrepreneurs, meet the business leaders who determine the final Pioneer 10. As a shortlisted innovator, you receive one-to-one coaching and business-changing advice from these inspirational leaders and investors. You will also have the opportunity to network with and learn from some of the best in business.

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Programme packages

Give your business the preparation it deserves, with development tools, growth planning services and training to help you communicate your unique value to customers, partners or investors.


January 31st 2018


Workshops begin


Applications open


Applications close


Pioneers announced, coaching starts

Pioneer Awards