Start-up schools help York and North Yorkshire entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground

During the Covid pandemic we identified a rising trend in people wanting to start their own business. In response to this, fledgling business owners and entrepreneurs were offered free places on a series of start-up schools to help get them up and running.

Delivered in partnership with Blue Orchid and The PopUp Business School (now Rebel Business School), the online courses were aimed at everyone, from those with no cash or business experience to existing start-ups that needed guidance to keep them on track. During the PopUp Business School sessions, attendees were encouraged to start trading during the event if they are not already. As such, 18% recorded that they made a sale during the course.

All the sessions were led by entrepreneurs and professionals with a proven track record for delivering first class business start-up advice and business growth programmes. They also included advice from those who have overcome the ups and downs of business life to succeed. All of which brought a wealth of practical experience and knowledge of how to operate in the real world.

Andrew Raby, York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub Manager, said: “Led by experienced business advisors, these free online sessions were crammed with useful information, covering everything from researching ideas and business planning to understanding the best legal structure and managing finances.”

New course dates for July 2021 are available to book now via our events page and we will be running further sessions in September, November, January and March. You can sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when these are open for registrations.

Feedback from course attendees

“The team truly couldn’t have been better, they were so friendly and helpful throughout the course, very inspiring. The course leader was a unique mix of being inspirational but humble. She was energising without being pushy.”

“Thank you so much! The course leaders are wonderful people who are approachable, funny, down to earth and practical. They have been there, so what they say makes complete sense! Their approach and experience is so valuable and I’m very happy to have been a part of this course.”