Thanks to funding provided through the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal, the intensive six week accelerator course delivered by visionary entrepreneur Doug Richard – one of the original Dragons from BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Doug Richard – is being made available to people in Somerset and across the South West free of charge.
Dozens of budding businesses have already been launched in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall after the first round of workshops was held earlier this year, and now dates have been announced for the second cycle taking place during September and October in Taunton, Plymouth, Exeter and Barnstaple. Doug Richard is hosting free information events to further explain the School for Startups programme, provide key tips on starting and funding a business, and offer an opportunity to meet the team.
The Taunton information event will take place on 10th September from 5pm-6.30pm. School for Startups founder, CEO and former BBC Dragon, Doug Richard, said, “We had such a tremendous response to the first cycle of the School for Startups South West programme that we’re excited to get going with round two, and help hundreds more new businesses get off the ground. “All too often, new businesses fail because people don’t have the right support or know-how and that’s why we’ve designed this course specifically to offer that.
All you need is an idea and the drive, and within six weeks we can dramatically increase your chances of success. The brilliant feedback from the first round is a clear testament to this.” School for Startups aims to start 250 new businesses in the region this year, and the intensive programme – which would usually cost budding entrepreneurs over £1,000 to attend – is being offered entirely free of charge this year thanks to the City Deal and its £6million business support programme funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). The taster events will explain more about the six-week intensive School for Startups programme, which will be delivered between 30th September and 31st October.
The immersive course will include three full days of interactive business training from world-class teachers, access to six weeks of round-the-clock support and a personal business advisor, as well as the chance to network with a group of new and talented fellow entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs can book a free place at one of the information events by visiting www.schoolforstartups.co.uk/southwest/events To apply for a place on the six-week course, visit www.schoolforstartups.co.uk/southwest