Summer Startup2022-06-09T15:59:56+00:00

Start a business this summer

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What is Summer Startup?

When starting a business, it can sometimes be hard to know how to take the first step, or to know if you’re ‘doing the right thing’. This is exactly why we created Summer Startup.

Over the course of this super practical 6-week series of workshops (detailed below), we’ll equip you with the tools, knowledge, confidence and momentum to turn your own idea into a real business.

Specific topics covered include Business Basics, Business Models, Brand & Marketing, Find your First Customer, How to Build your Own Website, as well as an introduction to Finances and Law.

Lastly, and best of all, if you’re a student or graduate of London Met Uni, it’s free to take part in Startup Summer.

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Session overview

The topics, dates and times of the Summer Startup workshops are outlined below.

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27 June – Create your own big idea2022-06-09T09:46:21+00:00

Session overview
Some ideas are spontaneous. Most good ones are not! If you don’t have an idea for a business, but want to come up with one, this interactive workshop is for you! You will learn and use design thinking techniques to give you the tools to create great ideas, for business and career success.

When – 14:00 – 16:00

Where – In person at Accelerator

29 June – Starting a Business: Passion, Mindset & Skills2022-06-09T09:46:58+00:00

Session overview
Many dream of starting a successful business, but few take the first step. At this session you’ll learn about the passion, mindset and skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed.

When – 14:00 – 16:00

Where – Online

6 July – Build your Business Model2022-06-09T09:47:32+00:00

Session overview
Develop your own practical business model in this interactive workshop. You will identify your customers and define the value you offer to them.

When – 14:00 – 16:00

Where – In person at Accelerator

13 July – Brand & Marketing 1012022-06-09T09:48:28+00:00

Session overview
Branding & marketing are essential activities for any business, big or small. This session will give you practical tips to help you get started on building a brand that your customers love.

When – 14:00 – 15:00

Where – In person at Accelerator

13 July – Starting to Sell: Finding your first customers2022-06-09T09:49:36+00:00

Session overview
Without paying customers, a business is just a hobby. In this session you’ll learn practical skills for finding and converting your first customers.

When – 15:00 – 16:00

Where – In person at Accelerator

20 July – Build a website & online tools to boost your business2022-06-09T09:50:17+00:00

Session overview
At this session you’ll learn how to build your first website. Our resident nerd will also introduce you to a range of amazing (and FREE) online tools that will accelerate the launch and growth of your business!

When – 14:00 – 16:00

Where – Online

27 July – Legal basics for business2022-06-09T09:50:35+00:00

Session overview
Legal know how … vital, yet commonly ignored. At this session we’ll introduce you to the basics – contracts (why they are important and how to make one), business structures (picking the right one for you), and intellectual property.

When – 14:00 – 15:00

Where – In person at Accelerator

27 July – Financial basics for businesses2022-06-09T09:51:05+00:00

Session overview
What’s the difference between revenue and profit? How much tax do I have to pay? Do I need an accountant? Or charge VAT? If you are new to the world of business and need to understand financial basics, this is the session for you!

When – 15:00 – 16:00

Where – In person at Accelerator

3 August – Next Steps: learn from founders, set your goals and take action2022-06-09T09:51:21+00:00

Session overview
Hear from entrepreneurs who have already taken steps to start-up, giving you the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others!

You will leave this online session with the know-how to:
– set your own goals and
– take your next start-up steps.

When – 17:00 – 18:30

Where – Online

FAQ

What does Summer Startup cost?
Summer startup is free for all students and graduates of London Met!

I don’t yet have a business idea. Is this programme for me?
Absolutely! Our first session is on how to come up with an idea. Even if you don’t have one, it’s never too early to start learning about the other areas of business.

I already have a business. Is this programme for me?
Possibly! Rather than coming to all sessions, you might like to pick and choose those topics you’d like to know a bit more about.

Do I have to be in London to do this programme?
Many of the sessions will be taking place in person at Accelerator in Shoreditch. That said, some of the sessions, such as the one on how to build a website (and other useful online tools) will be taking place online.

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Meet the team

Summer Startup is being delivered by a team of entrepreneurs and educators who between them have helped hundreds of students and graduates start successful companies.

Libby England

After working with an SME from its early start-up stages, Libby pursued her passion for education. With 15 years of higher education and commercial experience, Libby brings you an in-depth understanding of the skills you need to launch a business, kickstart a freelance career and boost your employment prospects.

Ella Deadman

From helping fashion start-ups expand to managing her freelance practice while studying Visual Communication at London Met, Ella’s highly practical real-world creative experience within start-ups, freelancing and higher education make her the perfect fit for understanding students' perspectives and supporting entrepreneurial journeys.

Simon Boot

For the last 9 years at Accelerator, Simon has been helping tech start-ups grow and scale their businesses, and supporting students to transform ideas into killer businesses. With experience that spans law, finance, marketing and operations, Simon is your start-up Swiss Army Knife.

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