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Ready to go further faster?

You’re a spirited or non-alc founder determined to launch, grow or scale an iconic brand at pace. You’re looking for a funding partner with unrivalled know-how and a global network. You’re here to shape the future of drinks.

Before you apply....

The application takes a bit of time so before you start, double-check you’ve covered the bases below to ensure you’re ready to proceed.


Check you’re what we’re looking for

Read through our entry criteria to make sure you’re eligible.


Understand the process

Read through our process to align expectations.


Know what stage you’re at

Check what stage you’re at to give us a start point.


Understand that acquisition is the end goal

To partner with us, your ultimate aim must be to exit.

Step One

We need to gather some information

Distill Ventures’ Pre Accelerator is intended to provide early financial support for founders of businesses from certain backgrounds. As such, to assess your business’s eligibility, we need to collect certain personal data about you as a founder, some of which, such as information about your race or ethnicity, may qualify as ‘special category data’ under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Distill Ventures will use the personal data you provide only in connection with the Pre Accelerator, though please note that this may involve sharing information with Diageo plc for reporting purposes; however, where we can do so, we will share such information in a form that does not readily identify you. Your business’ participation in the Pre Accelerator is voluntary.

However, if you do apply, we need your explicit consent to handle your personal data in the manner described above, and if you do not provide it, we will not be able to assess the eligibility of your business. Please note that you may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at By agreeing, you explicitly consent to Distill Ventures (London) Ltd processing your personal data as data controller in the manner described above.