The LIF Advance programme is a new bespoke, focused programme of relationship-building and business growth activities which is open to alumni of the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme. We will bring together a cohort including one innovator from each LIF country, and each LIF Advance cohort will have a different thematic focus.

Participants will receive tailored relationship-building opportunities in the UK with people and organisations that can help them fulfil their commercial potential. There will also be an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other members of the global LIF community working on complementary innovations.


  • Support the best of the LIF alumni worldwide to achieve their full commercial potential, and equip them to grow their businesses
  • Provide a landing opportunity into the UK innovation ecosystem for participants who might wish to establish a business in the UK or partner with relevant UK organisations
  • Empower and equip Advanced Programme participants to play an integral role in strengthening the global LIF alumni community
  • Raise the profile and credibility of the LIF programme in the UK, and profile participants in their own countries

Programme Structure 

The LIF Advance programme has three pillars: 

 Individual needs analysis and goal setting

The LIF Advance programme is bespoke to each participants’ needs, with the goal of supporting each individual to identify and overcome their barriers to growth. Participants will work closely with their facilitators and a panel of experts – with support from their peers - to define their short and medium-term goals.

Growth Groups

The cohort will be split into three smaller groups, called ‘Growth Groups’. These groups will work closely together throughout the programme and be a key source of support for each other during the programme and beyond. There will be a strong focus on building a positive and constructive relationship with other members of the group, and structured networking and peer mentoring activities to equip the group to support each other with their ventures.

Strategic relationship-building support

Since first taking part in the LIF programme, LIF Advance participants have made significant progress in refining their business model and product design. The next steps in their commercialisation will require advice from and connections with key stakeholders in their industry, including investors, regulatory authorities, manufacturers and distributors. LIF Advance will provide the tools and opportunities to meet with these key stakeholders in the UK and open the doors for them to be able to move forward into the next stages of growth for their business venture. 

LIF Advance 2020

The theme of this year's LIF Advance cohort is "Disability Inclusion and Reducing Inequalities in Healthcare". For more informaiton on the cohort please see here