The Growth Acceleration and Investment Network (GAIN) was founded by Plymouth University, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Science Park to accelerate the creation, growth and investment in high quality businesses and ideas to create wealth and jobs in the South West. 

GAIN aims to:

  • accelerate growth in high quality businesses and ideas to create wealth and jobs in the South West Peninsula
  • stimulate business engagement with higher education
  • create opportunities for students and graduates through business engagement and enterprise
  • provide leadership, research, knowledge transfer, and strategic engagement on issues of innovation, R&D and enterprise.

To learn more visit the GAIN website

GAIN digital exchange

The GAIN digital exchange provides easy access to the support, tools and finance your business needs to grow. Registering with the site is free and simple, and members have access to a host of exclusive tools.

Network on the GAIN Connect forum, access the GAIN GrantFinder and receive tailored news, events and how to guides direct to your GAIN homepage.

Join GAIN's digital exchange


As part of their remit to deliver business growth in the South West, GAIN are working with partners to identify 20 of the brightest, most innovative businesses in the region to form a new network - the GAIN20. The aim is that the network will boost enterprise and innovation across the region through sharing knowledge and learning with one another and the wider business community.

GAIN20 members have exclusive access to networking groups and events, Plymouth University facilities, equipment and knowledge and peer-to-peer support from the other members. They will be introduced to a community of established, passionate pathfinder businesses who have already achieved sustained growth through innovation or diversification.

Learn more about GAIN20

Live crowdfunding in action at Soup

GAIN host a number of Soup events throughout the year to help raise small-scale investment for up and coming new business ideas. Businesses pitch to a live audience hoping to win their vote – and the prize investment package.

Get involved in a Soup event near you