Start-ups, scale-ups and unicorns

From starting out to becoming a unicorn, we can help you become the company you want to be.

We can help you become the company you want to be

Every unicorn company began as a start-up, scaling up to the successful business it is today. Start-ups are the lifeblood of the global economy and a vital source of employment across the world. 

PwC supports start-ups and scale-ups in a range of different ways helping you achieve your potential, whether that's becoming the world’s next big brand or growing in a sustainable way. We have teams of advisors who work with start-ups and scale-ups across the world. Many of our people have worked at companies like yours; some of them even founded their own start-up before they joined us and some still have ongoing start-up interests. We understand the challenges that you face and the support that you need to grow your company and make it successful.

Our PwC global network means that we can quickly connect you to opportunities and contacts around the world. From Canada to Spain to China, we run a range of initiatives specifically for start-ups and scale-ups in over 20 different countries and regions including our Scale Up and Raise programmes in the UK, NextLevel programme in Germany, Collider programme in Poland and Venture Hub in Singapore.


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PwC’s Global Chairman Robert E. Moritz attends Slush 2018


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Source: PwC European Start-up Survey


We’re with you when you are starting out

Exhilarating, scary, seat of your pants, best decision I ever made: are all things that we’ve heard founders say about starting their own business. We know running your own company is challenging and sometimes lonely, so having an adviser who is on your side is invaluable. Whether you have a background in business or simply a passion for your product, we can provide a range of services to help your business grow safely, including:

  • Business planning
  • Valuations
  • Investor readiness assistance such as writing an investor proposal document, investor profile creation, coaching for negotiations, legal assistance during negotiations
  • Tax advice such as on R&D tax credits
  • Legal advice such as Intellectual Property (IP protection) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Fiscal & legal internationalisation structures

Explore what challenges are facing European entrepreneurs in our first PwC European Start-up Survey, based on interviews with 540 startup firms in 18 leading startup hubs providing unique insights into the European entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Explore the European Start-up Survey findings

We’re with you when you are growing

We recognise that as a scale-up you will have different challenges to those in the earlier years of your business which could include accessing capital, attracting talent and growing your revenues. We know that as a more established business your growth trajectory will change, the requirements of you as a founder will be different and your business will be facing different pressures.

We run specific 8-12 week programmes for scale-ups. We connect you to your peers, new customers and investors using our global network to help you increase sales, raise finance and learn. All of our programmes include a pitching event to carefully selected corporates and investors combined with masterclasses such as pitch training, business planning, marketing, legal, liquidity and IP. Our programmes give you the platform to scale your business quicker. These services work hand in hand with the standard services that we provide such as accounting, business, tax and legal advice.

We're with you when you are thriving

The word ‘unicorn’ evokes stories of a rare creature that can be seen by many but caught by only a few. Venture capitalist Aileen Lee coined the term in 2013 to refer to privately held start-up businesses with valuations of US$1bn or more. As the Internet era has transformed the business landscape, it has also witnessed the birth of unicorns at an accelerated rate around the world.

Getting to this stage is notoriously difficult, so we want to help you thrive and continue to grow. Our experience of supporting high growth, fast moving organisations means we understand the challenges and opportunities you are facing.

Explore our findings in our Chinese Unicorns report

Meet the team


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Contact us

Piotr Wyszogrodzki

Start-up/Scale-up Network Leader, PwC Poland

Tel: +48 5 0218 4277

Jenni Chance

Senior Manager, Entrepreneurial & Private Business, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 7767 806803