Start Up London

Giving pre-start and early stage businesses the tools to thrive

Starting your own business can be daunting and often very challenging, especially if you don’t have the right advice and guidance. We want to give London’s aspiring entrepreneurs a helping hand as well as the confidence and technical knowledge to launch their very own venture.

Running from March to June 2022, our Start Up London programme has been designed for those who want to get their business idea off the ground or are in the early stages of running their business. Find out what’s involved and how to sign up below.

What advice will I receive?

People often make costly mistakes when setting up and running their business, especially without access to some basic fundamentals. The programme will cover a variety of topics which include but are not limited to:

  • Marketing and market research
  • Financial planning
  • Good business planning
  • Developing your business concept
  • Registering your business, alongside legal and tax considerations
  • Growing your customer base and managing clients

What is the programme set up?

We’ve partnered with five fantastic organisations, who each bring years of experience and knowledge. Our programme partners offer a unique delivery model to guide you through the key milestones of setting up a successful and compliant business. You will be grouped into two cohorts:

  • Pre-starts: a potential entrepreneur who wants to develop their business concept (you don’t have to be currently employed or running a business already).
  • Early stage: typically someone who has registered their business and been trading for less than 18 months.

All participants will get access to free workshops and one-to-one advice and coaching. You’ll also meet and build your own business network of people, while learning from other aspiring founders.

Each delivery partner has their own workshop dates running throughout March and May, you can find more details about each one below.

Application details

Start Up London is free but spaces are limited so make sure to submit your application as soon as possible. We also really encourage any young entrepreneurs aged between 18 – 24 years old to apply. You can find the application details for each of the delivery partners below.

We’re here to help you set your ambitions for your business and beyond. For any enquiries about the programme, please contact us.

Please note spaces are limited and filling fast so some partners are no longer accepting new applications as they are at capacity.

Overview of support provided by The Alternative Board. To find out more and book your place click below.

  • 8 face to face workshops over 3 days for pre-starts taking place in London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • 8 face to face workshops over 3 days for established businesses taking place in City of London
  • Peer networking for both groups
  • Virtual 121 support for both groups

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Overview of support provided by OneTech. To find out more and book  your place click below.

  • One day interactive bootcamp for pre-starts
  • 6 Week Mastermind & Peer to Peer community for Early Stage businesses
  • Delivered in person
  • Referral to one to one support
  • Face to face activity will be delivered in Old Street (London Borough of Islington)

Please note applications for this cohort have now closed as they have reached their capacity.

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Overview of support provided by London Business Partnership. To find out more and book your place click below.

  • Early stage business will get an introductory business review
  • Pre-starts to receive introductory webinar for business first steps
  • Both groups to receive an additional 4 workshops/ webinars covering topics such as sales and marketing and cash flow
  • Both cohorts to receive 121 support and access to Peer Networking opportunities

Please note applications for this cohort have now closed as they have reached their capacity.

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Overview of support provided by Next Level Business. To find out more and book  your place click below.

  • 8 week programme for early stage businesses with a combination of group and 121 work.
  • 8 week programme for per-starts with a combination of group and 121 work.
  • mixture of  online and face to face delivery
  • Location to be confirmed

Please note applications for this cohort have now closed as they have reached their capacity.

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Overview of support provided by Hustle & Heels. To find out more and book your place click below.

  • 6 week programme consisting of workshops, group sessions, 121 and networking
  • each participant to receive Accountability Partner
  • Face to face sessions will take place in Stratford (London Borough of Newham)

Please note applications for this cohort have now closed as they have reached their capacity.

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