Coaching and Support
Whether you are at the early stages of developing your idea or want to explore how to take your business further, START UP gives you the opportunity to work alongside a team of experienced coaches and advisers who will help you explore your ideas and achieve your aspirations.
Our confidential coaching sessions are initially delivered one-to-one by our enterprise advisers and are tailored around the specific needs of you and your business.
We'll help provide direction in taking your ideas forward by offering a clear insight into the steps that you can take to achieve your goals. Our business advisers will also be there to offer support and guidance on your journey to starting up your business and beyond.
Specialist advice and valuable contacts
Our advisers have connections to a wide range of business professionals and provide introductions to our network of industry experts, influencers and investors, regionally and nationally. They can provide you with specialist advice and access to great opportunities.
Whatever your needs, your adviser can support you and make introductions when needed.
Book a session
If you've already attended a coaching session, and would like to arrange a follow up, email Claire Adamson.
Whether you're still exploring your business idea or you've already started up, we can help you find out more about funding options and opportunities available to you.
START UP has a limited amount of grant funding that we are able to award, to help students and recent graduates test their ideas and to enable the development of new businesses.
This is your opportunity to meet the experts. We invite specialists in to provide constructive feedback, advice and connections to help you drive your idea or business forward. It’s a two-way process - you get to present your business opportunity to the panel and ask them questions and they give you constructive feedback, advice and key connections.
The panel reflects the profile of the ideas being presented to ensure that we have the required expertise in the room!
The adviser panel is a great forum to discuss whether you want or need start-up funding and to evaluate the type of funding that's appropriate for you.
To access an adviser panel, you need to be working one-to-one with a member of the START UP Team.
The START UP investor panel is your opportunity to pitch your business idea to a panel of experts from the finance and investment community. If you are looking for significant external finance or investment, this opportunity will connect you to fund managers and other key people.
To access an investor panel, you need to be working one-to-one with a START UP business adviser.
External Sources of Funding
Take a look at the North East Growth Hub site. It provides links to sources of funding, advice and financial support available in the North East.
Net Lawman run two scholarship awards which are designed to help students with start-up costs for investment in IT, stationery, business administration or learning tools.
UnLtd provide funding to social entrepreneurs through a national awards programme. They are the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and fund hundreds of individuals each year through their core Awards programme.
Start Up Series is a monthly competition for early stage businesses. Successful applicants could receive 150K in equity investment.
These resources can help you develop your ideas, start a freelance career, and run successful businesses.
If you need help using any of the resources below, please contact us.
Our COBRA site is full of useful factsheets. The site can help you find key information relating to your business idea or for specific aspects of business, eg intellectual property or marketing. COBRA can only be accessed through a University computer on the Newcastle campus.
MINTEL is a comprehensive market research database. It gives you access to information highlighting the latest trends for your sector. This database is available through the Newcastle University Library website.
HMRC provide a full range of interactive resources helping you to understand the legal regulations around being self-employed.
20 Questions Workbook
The 20 questions workbook (PDF: 140KB) encourages you to think through some of the fundamental questions you need to answer before you launch a new business. This includes why would your customers buy from you, why you want to start this business and why now.
Business Model Canvas
The business model canvas enables you to think about your new idea as a business. It helps you to consider the different elements of your business and to adapt your plans as you learn more about the sector you’re entering and responding to customer feedback. Watch this short video to learn how to use the canvas effectively.
Most people agree that conducting market research before launching a new business is a good thing. But how do you know what questions to ask? The Mom Test shows you how to ask questions in a way that not even your mother could lie to you.
NESTA have developed a range of fantastic tools that allow you to develop your business ideas. From personal values to planning marketing activity, everything is covered in this toolkit.
If you’re thinking of starting a freelance career, you can find advice on the Creative Boom site. Their articles include tips on starting up your business, building and maintaining your client base and managing your career as a freelancer.
Digital Business Academy
The Digital Business Academy from Tech Nation has more than 50 free courses from University College London, University of Cambridge and other industry experts designed to help you gain the skills to start, grow or join a digital business.
Department for International Trade
The Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI), has a huge range of resources for UK-based companies looking to export goods overseas:
- Export Savvy – 8 free online modules covering exploring your exporting potential, preparing your business for export, selecting and managing partners, legal, logistical and financial considerations and communications and marketing.
- country guides on exporting and selling to specific countries (they are currently in the process of updating them all).
- an online marketplace finder aimed at matching exporters with suitable online marketplaces to sell their products overseas.
- an E-Exporting programme to help UK brands and retailers export products through e-commerce
- a directory of live opportunities for exporting a wide range of products and services to multiple countries.
- a networking platform that allows UK companies to create a profile, find and connect with potential overseas buyers, and get access to information about events where the buyers will be present.
- a Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) that provides grants for eligible businesses to attend overseas tradeshows to gain market knowledge, experience, advice and support from trade experts.
- overseas trade missions that provide a unique opportunity for companies of all sectors with little or no export experience, to increase their understanding on how to sell their goods or services in international markets.