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.

Launching on Tuesday 26th July, our programme kicks off with 5 weeks of workshops led by professional experts! 

What do I gain?

  • Beginners training and workshops on how to become an entrepreneur, generate business ideas, understand finances, branding/ marketing, and pitching 
  • Three lucky people will receive £2,300 to contribute to their future plans. 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. 
  • 5 peer led group mentoring sessions for support on your entrepreneurial learning journey 
  • After the 5 weeks of workshops, you will be given a mentor and receive 10 hours of mentoring providing you with expert business knowledge from a variety of industries such as cosmetics, sports or fashion 
  • 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 
“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 
1  Tuesday 26th July  1-2pm   Welcome and Inspirational Talk  
Thursday 28th July  1-2pm   Elevator Pitches 
2  Tuesday 2nd August  1-2pm   Generating Ideas & Evaluating the market  
Thursday 4th August  1-2pm   Personal Branding and Marketing  
3  Tuesday 9th August   1-2pm   Sustainability/Social Impact/B Corporation 
Thursday 11th August   1-2pm   Financing a business on a budget 
4  Tuesday 16th August   1-2pm   Profit/Cashflows/Business Plan 
Thursday 18th August  1-2pm   Business Planning
5  Tuesday 23rd August  1-2pm   Strategic mindset/articulation 
Thursday 25th August  1-2pm   Mentoring Training Session  

Group Mentoring  

If awarded a place on our programme, you’ll be invited to join peer led group mentoring sessions on Thursdays after our core workshops. These sessions will provide you fantastic support from your peers to explore your business idea as well as take part in tasks and win prizes! 

You’ll be invited to join an initial group mentoring session 2 weeks before our programme officially starts on Tuesday 12th July. During this session, we’ll be joined by a special guest who will deliver an inspirational talk. After our programme launches, the peer led group mentoring sessions will begin.  

Group Mentoring Timetable 

Week  Date   Time   Topic 
Pre- programme   Tuesday 12th July  1-2pm   Intro to Group Mentoring & Inspirational Talk 
1  Thursday 28th July  2.15pm – 2.35pm   Group Mentoring  
2  Thursday 4th August  2.05pm – 2.30pm   Group Mentoring  
3  Thursday 11th August  2.05pm – 2.30pm   Group Mentoring  
4  Thursday 18th August  2.05pm – 2.30pm   Group Mentoring  
5  Thursday 25th August  2.05pm – 2.30pm   Group Mentoring 

The BIG Pitch  

After completing the workshops, we’ll invite all participants to pitch your business idea to a panel of business experts. The chosen 3 winners will be awarded a bursary of £2,300. The BIG Pitch will take place online across 2 days 30th and 31st August. Our expert panel and more details on this event will be shared once you are enrolled on the programme. 

Requirements

  • Participants must attend all online workshops and training sessions 
  • Participants must commit to attending weekly group mentoring sessions for 5 weeks 
  • Participants who sign up for mentoring must attend all scheduled meetings with their mentor (10 hours of mentoring). Mentoring will commence from Monday 12th September.

Join the programme

Complete the application form by 10pm on Friday 8th July. There are limited spaces available, so we suggest you apply as early as possible. 

Eligibility 

To be eligible to join our Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme you must be aged 16-25 and of diverse ethnic heritage, living in Birmingham, Manchester or London. 

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