START, Pre-start

Do you have a business idea?

This is for you if you want to kick-start a new business idea, or you dream of working for yourself, but you're not sure where to begin.

Fully-funded support

Start-up Weekends: two-day course

Got a new business idea you’re itching to get off the ground but lack the confidence – or the skills – to get started? Our START course is for you.

Designed exclusively for budding entrepreneurs, our popular Start-up Weekends are jam-packed with inspiration, exploration and practice new skills.

Spend the weekend exploring your idea and defining next steps to kick off your fledgeling business. We’ll help you think about your values, market and mission, and create a practical, one-page business blueprint to help you achieve your goals.

You’ll meet like-minded business people, have fun, and discover how to turn your dream into reality.

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What's Involved

Day 1

You'll start by getting to know the other entrepreneurs in the room who are taking the course with you. Then, you'll explore what it is to be an entrepreneur, get to the heart of your idea, and learn how to define your idea's value to customers. You'll also learn useful and practical Market Testing strategies and ways you can create a Minimal Viable Product.

Finally, you will begin to put together your elevator pitch for your business idea.

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What's Involved

Day 2

You'll cover business basics and how to set up your business. Pick up key tips to market your business, start your sales and put together your customer journey. As well as this, you'll work through your pricing, sales and finances.

By the end of the course, you'll have refined your 60-second pitch. You'll leave with a Business Model Canvas and have clear next steps towards turning your idea into a reality.

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To take part in the Start and Grow Enterprise project, you will need to complete a short joining form.