Virgin StartUp is helping entrepreneurs in the West Midlands turn their business ideas into reality next week with the launch of a series of free ‘HotHouse’ events.
Since its creation in October 2013, Virgin StartUp, a not-for-profit company backed by Sir Richard Branson, has offered financial support, mentoring and business advice to young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30 across England and is excitingly now also able to offer its services to those over 30.
The Virgin StartUp HotHouse tour will travel across the country over the coming months and arrives in Birmingham at Fazeley Studios, The Custard Factory on Thursday 13 February, 5pm–8pm.
Experts will be on hand to guide would-be applicants through the Virgin StartUp loans process. There will also be opportunities to network with potential mentors and attend panel sessions with successful entrepreneurs.
In Birmingham, Matt Isaacs, Founding Partner and Global CEO of No 1 Fast Track Tech Company Essence and Matt Roberts, Founder of Bean2Bed will be on hand to offer their expertise before a focused workshop from National Enterprise Network on business planning and the loan application process.
Subsequent free events for entrepreneurs will take place across England throughout 2014.
Commenting on the launch of Virgin StartUp, Sir Richard Branson said:
"I started my first business with a handful of coins out of a phone-box at school, but it was the £300 from my mum that really kick-started our Student magazine and sparked the Virgin adventure 40 years ago. Today, young people need that same help and I believe Virgin StartUp will provide it - with access to early capital, strong mentorship, advice and promotion. We look forward to helping launch thousands of new businesses as a delivery partner of The Start-Up Loan Company across the UK in years to come."
Matt Isaacs, Founding Partner and CEO of Essence said:
"I know from personal experience that launching a new venture takes creativity, commitment and enormous courage. So any extra support for budding entrepreneurs has to be welcome. I am not sure we always believe it of ourselves, but we are an incredibly entrepreneurial country. And what better brand than Virgin and Virgin Startup to support the UK’s startup scene, raising the profile of entrepreneurialism and providing much needed support and advice."
Virgin StartUp follows the successful pilot programme in the North East involving Virgin Money. In 12 months the initiative backed more than 100 businesses and lent more than £700,000 in funding.
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