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The last few years have brought huge changes to our community, but change can bring opportunity.

If you have a vision or idea for a business, but aren’t sure about how to start up then this programme will help!

We’re offering practical learning and support to help turn your idea into a real-life project or social enterprise (a business that trades for a social purpose).  The support is free, flexible, and online which makes it easy to access. You don’t need any qualifications, experience or to have already started. Just bring an idea and a desire to learn and we’ll help you with the rest.

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.

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.

(If you are further along in your business and would like some help then please do get in touch as we have some additional resources to support established businesses)

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.

CLOSED – Programme 4 – Wednesday evenings from 16 Nov – 14 Dec. Delivered with a cohort of peers plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

Applications Full – Programme 5 – Wednesday mornings from 08 Feb – 09 Mar. Held online with a cohort of peers. Plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

OPEN – Programme 6 – All sessions are 1-4.30pm delivered online. Dates are as follows – 20th, 27th February, 6th, 13th, 20th March. Group get together in person, date tbc. The 6 week programme will be delivered with a cohort of peers plus additional 1-1 and group support in a variety of ways

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)

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

Complete this short form and someone will get back to you

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.