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START UP Essentials Workshops

Ideas are great, but knowing what to do with them can be tricky. If you already have an idea which could be transformed into a new venture but you're unsure of what your next steps should be then START UP Essentials is here to help!

Date/Time: 31 January 2018, 14:00-16:00, 7 February 2018, 15:00-17:00, 21 February 2018, 14:30-16:30, 28 February 2018, 14:30-16:30

The workshops offer a wide range of support, so whether you have an idea for a new product or service, or freelance ambitions to sell your own skills, or a social enterprise idea which could create a positive change, START UP Essentials is right for you. 

Our series of four interactive workshops are designed to help you gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to turn your idea into a workable business model, with each session tailored towards an essential element of new venture creation. 

The workshops take an action-oriented approach to start-ups so you can expect to make significant progress on developing your idea in a very short period of time. The full programme schedule is as follows:

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Workshop 1: Transform it...

Wednesday 31 January 2018, 14:00 - 16:00, King's Gate L1.26

This session will help you to transform your idea into a legitimate business model.

You will be provided with the necessary support to enable you to draft the prototype model of your business and take the first step towards creating a new venture. 

Workshop 2: Test it... 

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 15:00 - 17:00, King's Gate, L1.20

This workshop will demonstrate how to effectively conduct market research and show you how to identify the key research that you need to undertake before launching.

By the end of the workshop you will have the tools necessary to uncover the demand for your start-up, whatever the style of business you are working on.  

Workshop 3: Market it... 

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 14:00 - 16:00, King's Gate, L1.20

This session will teach you how to approach marketing in order to make your products or services more attractive to potential customers.

We’ll also explore intellectual property protection options and the value of protecting your ideas.

By the end of the session you will understand how to effectively communicate the value of your business to the right target audience. 

Workshop 4: Finance it...

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 14:30 - 16:30, King's Gate, L1.26

This workshop will help you to begin to establish how to make your idea work financially.

Don’t be put off by the ‘f’ word as we'll work together to demystify start-up costs, cash flow and sources of funding in a ‘no pressure’ environment.

By the end of the final workshop you will have grasped the practical methods needed to raise finance as well as how to manage your money going forward. 

Pitching Panel (optional)

Wednesday 7 March 2018, from 15:00 - 17:00, Kings Gate L1.26

The pitching panel takes place the week after the final START UP Essentials workshop.

It is an opportunity for students and graduates to practice requesting specific support in a friendly environment and receive professional feedback on their idea from a panel of entrepreneurs and experts.

How to get involved

Register using the online form.