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The last few years have brought change to our community but it’s also brought opportunity! If you’ve seen a space for a business opportunity but aren’t sure about how to start up then this programme will help! We’re offering practical learning to help turn your idea into a real-life project or social enterprise (a business that trades for a social purpose).  It’s free and it’s mostly held online making it easy to access.

Key benefits:

  • Free tailored group workshops to suit your needs
  • Personalised 1-1 coaching and support
  • Specialised ‘pitching events’ to help you communicate your idea
  • Blended delivery for accessibility
  • Action Learning Sets to help you develop problem solving skills
  • Access to a community of likeminded people in your area

We are running this course in association with Devon County Council who are working to support their residents as we all come together to recover from the impacts of Covid.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility

We recognise that discrimination of all sorts infiltrate every part of our society, and we are working hard to counter that wherever we find it. To that end, we actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes.

Reasonable adjustments regarding accessibility will be made to ensure all are welcomed onto the programme. Please get in touch – we’re happy to talk things through.

What you’ll learn

On the programme you will be able to work through these key areas:

  • Developing your idea and testing your assumptions
  • Developing your branding
  • Diversifying and developing your income streams
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Pitching your business
  • Marketing your new business
  • Developing collaborative partnerships
  • Looking after yourself as a leader

Our learning programmes are very different to traditional teaching. We’re not about essays and textbooks. We believe in learning from other people’s stories. You’ll hear from inspiring people who speak frankly about the good, the bad and the ugly of running an organisation.

You’ll be able to learn in a safe and supportive small groups as well as accessing 1-1 coaching and expert support to help you develop your ideas.

The course is a transformational experience that will push, challenge, and support you. It will give you the confidence and skills to achieve the impact you want to have.

Is it really Free?

Simply put YES!

The programme of support is fully funded by Devon County Council as part of their commitment to help communities recover from the effects of the pandemic. There will be no cost to participants at all.

Dates and location

All learning takes place between March 2022 to March 2023.

Programme 1 starts March 2022 – 6 x half day sessions held online programme with a cohort of peers. Plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

Programme 2 starts May 2022 – 3 full day in person sessions with a cohort of peers. Plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

Programme 3 starts September 2022 – 3 full day in person sessions with a cohort of peers. Plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

Programme 4 starts November 2022 – 5 x online short/half day sessions over evenings and weekends. Delivered with a cohort of peers plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

Programme 5 starts February 2023 – 6 x half day sessions held online programme with a cohort of peers. Plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

Due to there being multiple points where you can enter the programme, applications will remain open until the last programme is fully recruited. 

Is this right for you?

We’re looking to support people who are:

  • Devon residents. Unfortunately this programme is not open to residents of Torbay or Plymouth
  • People 25 years or older that want to become self-employed, set up a business or start a social enterprise. (a social enterprise is a business that supports people or planet through it’s work or profits)
  • Consider themselves to have been affected by Covid 19 or are supporting areas that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

If  you need any of the information about this programme in another format, please let us know [email protected] or call us on 0203 9053 533

How to apply

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