Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Do you dream of being your own boss? Have you got a great idea for a business, but don’t know how to launch it? Or perhaps, you are already self-employed or freelancing and looking to maximise your potential?

If so, our FREE online course Entrepreneurship & Innovation could be for you.

Our programme includes 5 weeks of workshops led by professional experts who will guide you through building your business, plus the opportunity to win a £2,300 Innovation award!

What do I gain?

  • Beginners training and workshops on how to become an entrepreneur, generate business ideas, understand finances, branding/ marketing, and pitching
  • Four budding entrepreneurs will receive £2,300 to contribute to the future of their business. Participants will have to complete the programme in full and enter the Big Pitch competition to be selected for this award. More details on the Big Pitch competition are below.
  • Group sessions on professional skills from industry experts
  • Workshops will be delivered by experts from a range of businesses, professions, and entrepreneurs
  • Resources and tools will be shared to further support your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge

This year we are running TWO cohorts of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme, spaces are first come, first served and you will be allocated a cohort upon application.

Please note that session content is subject to change, any alterations to the below will be communicated to participants in advance of the sessions.

 

“I am beyond appreciative, I have never had such an enriching, powerful experience like this one, I felt so supported, so much effort was clearly put in and carefully considered. I honestly now feel so much more confident about developing my business”
Previous Entrepreneurship & Innovation participant

Programme Timetable  

Week Date Time Topic
  Tuesday 4th April 1-2pm Welcome to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
 

1

Tuesday 11th April 1-2pm Inspirational Talk
Thursday 13th April 1-2pm Elevator Pitches
2 Tuesday 18th April

 

1-2pm Generating Ideas & Evaluating the Market
Thursday 20th April

 

1-2pm Sustainability
3 Tuesday 25th April

 

1-2pm Branding and Marketing
Thursday 27th April

 

1-2pm Financing a business on a budget
4 Tuesday 2nd May

 

 

1-2pm The Fundamentals of Finance
Thursday 4th May

 

1-2pm Business Planning
5 Tuesday 9th May

 

1-2pm Strategic Mindset/Articulation
Thursday 11th May 1-2pm Group Preparation Session
BIG PITCH COMPETITION Tuesday 16th May 10 – 1pm The BIG Pitch: Pitches and drop-in presentation support

 

 

Programme Timetable – Summer

Week Date Time Topic
  Tuesday 4th July 1-2pm Welcome to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
1 Tuesday 11th July 1-2pm Inspirational Talk
Thursday 13th July 1-2pm Elevator Pitches
2 Tuesday 18th July 1-2pm Generating Ideas & Evaluating the Market
Thursday 20th July 1-2pm Sustainability
3 Tuesday 25th July 1-2pm Branding and Marketing
Thursday 27th July 1-2pm Financing a Business on a Budget
4 Tuesday 1st August 1-2pm The Fundamentals of Finance
Thursday 3rd August 1-2pm Business Planning
5 Tuesday 8th August 1-2pm Strategic Mindset/Articulation
Thursday 10th August 1-2pm Group Preparation Session
BIG PITCH COMPETITION Tuesday 15th August 10 – 1pm The BIG Pitch: Pitches and drop-in presentation support

 

Group Sessions

If awarded a place on our programme, you will be invited to join group sessions on Thursdays after our core workshops. These sessions will provide you with fantastic support from your peers and industry experts in exploring a range of skills and developing your content for the Big Pitch!

Group Sessions Timetable – Spring

Week Date Time Topic
1 Thursday 13th April 2.15pm – 2.35pm Group Session
2 Thursday 20th April 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session
3 Thursday 27th April 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session
4 Thursday 4th May 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session
5 Thursday 11th May 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session

 

Group Sessions Timetable – Summer

Week Date Time Topic
1 Thursday 13th July 2.15pm – 2.35pm Group Session
2 Thursday 20th July 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session
3 Thursday 27th July 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session
4 Thursday 3rd August 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session
5 Thursday 10th August 2.05pm – 2.30pm Group Session

 

The BIG Pitch Competition

After completing the workshops, all participants have the chance to pitch their business idea to a panel of business experts. will be awarded an Innovation award of £2,300. The BIG Pitch will take place at the end of the programme, with all participants who complete the programme eligible for a slot.

Requirements

  • Participants must attend all online workshops and training sessions

Join the programme

Complete the application form and a member of our team will be in touch.

Eligibility

To be eligible to join our Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme you must be aged 18-25 and of diverse ethnic heritage, living in Birmingham, Manchester or London.

Apply now

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