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Start-up School Bootcamp

Equip yourself with the tools and confidence to build your business from the ground up.

Got an idea for a start up but don’t know where to start? This four part on-demand creative course will help you turn intention into action and make a plan to turn your entrepreneurial spark into a roaring fire.

D&AD’s Business Start-Up Course is an entrepreneurial bootcamp for anyone with a spark of a creative idea who wants to turn it into a business reality.

Over the course of four weeks, you’ll work alongside a small cohort of fellow entrepreneurs to rigorously test your idea - both individually and as a peer group - and have it reviewed and improved by our expert facilitator. 

Whether it’s a product you’re hoping to launch, or service you’re in the early stages of creating, our business start up course is designed to break the process down into thorough steps, helping you consider both the basics and often overlooked elements. From creating a business proposition, statement and vision for your venture, to building your personal resilience, you’ll come away with skills that can help build your business, or boost any future business you work in. 

Throughout the four weeks you’ll have access to a self-guided learning programme, regular check-ins with our course leader, Tom Evans, and access to a group of peers to help guide you through. By the end of our carefully curated business start up course you will have moved from initial idea to pitch-ready investment deck, and have entrepreneurial skills you can apply time and again.


Who it's for:

  • Any creatively-minded people with an entrepreneurial spark

  • Anyone who responds well to a deadline! The regular check-ins means you need to put your learnings into practice

  • Those wanting to test and receive feedback on their business idea

  • Those wanting to quickly get up to speed on founding a business 

  • Freelancers wanting to give their business a boost

  • New graduates looking for an alternative to joining another business

  • Anyone who has an idea to start working on, today - this course is designed for those who want to immediately apply their learnings to a business idea

By the end of this workshop you will: 

  • Know if your creative idea can become a viable business

  • Have tested your new venture with your fellow learners

  • Understand your role as an entrepreneur

  • Align your motivation and vision to build personal resilience

  • Identify your MVP and the steps to make it

  • Know the suitable funding model for your business

  • Understand customer acquisition, and how to attract your clients

  • Create a pitch-ready deck to sum up your venture

  • Have 1:1 feedback on your business canvas

  • Be part of a small cohort of creative entrepreneurs to test, feedback and support each other


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