Ready, Steady, Grow

Ready, Steady, Grow with Virgin Start Up is a programme of activities developed to support entrepreneurs from across Greater London looking to start, fund and scale their business.

Support includes:

  • Regular networking events.
  • A library of case studies.
  • Start Up Loans of up to £25,000.
  • Business planning resources.
  • A place on the “StepUp” programme.


StepUp is a three-day programme, delivered online, designed to support founders who want to scale their business. It includes a series of workshops and networking opportunities to help founders develop the skills they need to take their business to the next level.

Programme outline 

  • Day 1 | Branding
    Learn how to build a strong brand strategy and amplify your brand.
  • Day 2 | Sales
    Discover how to build a sales strategy, sales techniques and how to negotiate.
  • Day 3 | Funding and investment
    Explore funding options and understand what investors are looking for.


In order to be eligible to participate in the StepUp programme, your business must be based in Greater London and you must be over the age of 18.

Virgin Start Up select participants to attend based on the stage they have reached with their startup. This programme is for startups looking to scale, meaning participants typically:

  • Have launched their product/service.
  • Are generating revenue.

Virgin Start Up review each application carefully and select a group of startups that are at a similar stage in their development.

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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