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School for Startups were selected to develop core curricula and to train selected experts in the delivery of this content as part of the Innovate UK SME Growth Programme.
Entrepreneurs & Education Programme
Funded by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, Entrepreneurs and Education Programme was a three-year national programme striving to embed entrepreneurship and innovation across Further Education and Higher Education Institutions.
Acting as the largest delivery partner to the Startup Loans Company, our Launcher programme offered new business owners a package of funding, training, a supportive community and regular mentoring.
Makegood unleashes the UKs freshest and hottest new Creative Startup talent in a festival of pop-ups over 3 days in the summer. Alongside the startup marketplace resides a thought-challenging conference & workshop programme featuring some of the leading minds and mavens of culture and business.
One Young World
OYW is a UK-based charity that gathers together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.
School for Startups held an intensive one-day workshop for all the brand managers of each product line to help them become more entrepreneurial and to increase gross contribution to the business.
School for Creative Startups Kent
School for Creative Startups called upon Kent’s aspiring creative entrepreneurs to get their business idea off the ground. Normally costing participants £3,500 each, Kent County Council fully funded 100 places on this Folkestone-based programme for Kent County residents, local business owners, or those intending to start a business based in Kent.
S4S Colombia Creative Program
Helping young companies in the Creative Industries supercharge their business model.
In partnership with The World Bank, DIFD and Lagos Business School, School for Startups delivered vital business skills training and grant funding to over 1200 young businesses in Nigeria.
School for Startups worked in partnership with the Post-Privatization Foundation (FPP) to develop and deliver a training programme which provided live class training, online mentoring and webinars to two cohorts over 2 years. The aim of the programme was to increase the business’ chance of survival and likelihood of generating jobs and economic growth.
S4S Southwest Peninsula
Funded by the Regional Growth Fund, School for Startups South West Peninsula programme was a free, intensive course of training, support and business advice open to new businesses in the South West of England.
Working in partnership with The Welsh Government, School for Startups trained hundreds of entrepreneurs in Cardiff, Swansea and St Asaph in web based tools, including social media and digital marketing. The aim of the programme was to teach entrepreneurs how to leverage the web in order to grow their business.
San Andres: The Startup Archipelago
A high-value, high-quality tourism sector supporting wealth creation of local entrepreneurs, a social concord across all local stakeholders
Windows of Opportunity
Funded by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills we created Windows of Opportunity, a series of free events designed to inform entrepreneurs, businesses and investors about all the new and innovative types of money and investment opportunities out there.
"This was the BEST business workshop that I have ever attended. It was chock full of hardcore practical knowledge and was backed up by fist in palm encouragement to do it as soon as possible. Fantastic."
"School for Startups made me realize that the obstacles I thought I had to overcome to make my online business more scalable were actually not that scary...this session gave me the courage needed to just do it."
"Presentations were excellent and by far some of the best I’ve seen. Actually thought it was not going to be relevant to me, but I found it fascinating… It certainly whets the appetite for more."
"We feel more confident and more assured in what we’re doing… This course is what really has made it possible. Fantastic. Can’t recommend it highly enough."
"The speakers were very inspiring to listen to and the content was very interesting. It gives you confidence that it is realistic to set up your own business when you get to know more about raising money."
"The Launcher Loan was a godsend, giving us the freedom to push forward with our ideas at a very early stage. Also my mentor Valerie Satterwhite has been outstanding - always encouraging me to dig deeper to uncover the real value in our business and where our customers are."
"This course was an eye opener. I have and continue to put the information learnt on the course into effect and it was crucial to the success I've had with online sales of a new product line I was on the verge of releasing when I attended the course. I seriously believe that I would not have had the success I have had to date with this product without having attended the course. Thank you!"
"“I have always wanted to enjoy building my business and School for Creative Startups has allowed me to do this for the 1st time. Most importantly however, if School for Creative Startups existed two years ago I would have saved myself £15 000 in mistakes” "