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At School for Startups, we believe that ambition by itself is less valuable than when it’s wrapped in entrepreneurial skills. As such, we’ve spent the last 8 years developing ground breaking training courses, curricula, and policy advice, which have helped over 48,000 entrepreneurs globally achieve success.

current programs


1:1 Business Advice

There is no way of knowing when you'll need to reach out for advice. That's why we have developed a selection of flexible, out of hours advice packages for you to choose from. Be comforted in the knowledge that our trusted advisors will always be on hand when you need them.

Helping Governments

We help regional and national governments design policies to support the entrepreneurial economy. Our work includes designing new finance policies, direct teaching courses, and support programmes, for start-ups and high growth companies.

Corporate Training

School for Startups offers a fresh approach to corporate training. Our unique range of interactive workshops, engaging seminars and challenge activities inspires startup thinking and empowers staff. We are happy to work with clients to design specially tailored programmes.

Workshop Delivery

Having trained over 48,000 entrepreneurs globally, School for Startups knows how to deliver impactful workshops, and multifaceted training courses. Our interactive, practical sessions teach instantly applicable skills and tools to help propel ideas and businesses to the next level.

Content Development

With nearly a decade of experience developing and delivering top quality courses and rich and inspiring content, both in house and in partnership with clients, School for Startups reputation speaks for itself. We offer white label content development and tailor made programmes in response to briefs or challenges.

Train the Trainer

Our "train the trainer" course equips trainers, mentors, incubators & accelerators with cutting edge curricula and an innovative delivery method that is proven to help new businesses start and high-potential business grow.


School for Creative Startups

School for Creative Startups offer a yearlong programme designed to teach creative people how to build successful startups and live from their craft. Tailor made to teach creatives, this course covers everything a new entrepreneur needs to know explained in a clear, jargon-free manner, delivered by some of the UK’s top experts.


Makegood unleashes the UKs freshest and hottest new Creative Startup talent in a festival of pop-ups over 3 days in the summer. Alongside the startup marketplace resides a thought-challenging conference & workshop programme featuring some of the leading minds and mavens of culture and business.

Web Fuelled Business

A roadshow of workshops which helped small businesses learn how to use the web to increase sales, save money and go global. Delivered in partnership with Yell and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.


Acting as the largest delivery partner to the Startup Loans Company, our Launcher programme offered new business owners a package of funding, training, a supportive community and regular mentoring.

Windows of Opportunity

Funded by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills we created Windows of Opportunity, a series of free events designed to inform entrepreneurs, businesses and investors about all the new and innovative types of money and investment opportunities out there.

S4S Nigeria

In partnership with The World Bank, DIFD and Lagos Business School, School for Startups delivered vital business skills training and grant funding to over 1200 young businesses in Nigeria.

S4S Southwest Peninsula

Funded by the Regional Growth Fund, School for Startups South West Peninsula programme was a free, intensive course of training, support and business advice open to new businesses in the South West of England.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

Bespoke website developed for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills to demystify the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme for both the entrepreneur seeking investment and the potential Investor.

& Education Programme

Funded by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, Entrepreneurs and Education Programme was a three-year national programme striving to embed entrepreneurship and innovation across Further Education and Higher Education Institutions.

School for Creative Startups Kent

School for Creative Startups called upon Kent’s aspiring creative entrepreneurs to get their business idea off the ground. Normally costing participants £3,500 each, Kent County Council fully funded 100 places on this Folkestone-based programme for Kent County residents, local business owners, or those intending to start a business based in Kent.

S4S Romania

School for Startups worked in partnership with the Post-Privatization Foundation (FPP) to develop and deliver a training programme which provided live class training, online mentoring and webinars to two cohorts over 2 years. The aim of the programme was to increase the business’ chance of survival and likelihood of generating jobs and economic growth.

S4S Wales

Working in partnership with The Welsh Government, School for Startups trained hundreds of entrepreneurs in Cardiff, Swansea and St Asaph in web based tools, including social media and digital marketing. The aim of the programme was to teach entrepreneurs how to leverage the web in order to grow their business.

Innovate UK

School for Startups were selected to develop core curricula and to train selected experts in the delivery of this content as part of the Innovate UK SME Growth Programme.

Paul Smith

School for Startups held an intensive one-day workshop for all the brand managers of each product line to help them become more entrepreneurial and to increase gross contribution to the business.