Innovating for Growth: Start-ups

Innovating for Growth: Start-ups programme will give you the insight, skills and support to start and grow your business, in just two days.

You’ll cover topics that include raising finance, how to protect your business idea, putting together an effective business plan, plus need to know tips to keep on top of the numbers. You’ll also get to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and gain support. 

Once you've completed the programme, you'll be awarded a personalised Innovating for Growth: Start-ups certificate. 

The two-day course includes:

Day 1 Get Started

This workshop covers what you need to know to put your start-up on a firm footing. Topics cover effective business planning, financing your business, must-know marketing and lots of practical tips and pointers that will save you and your business time and money. 

Day 2 Introduction to the Business & IP Centre

In this workshop you’ll learn to get invaluable insights into using the Business & IP Centre’s £5 million collection of business databases. Learn how to use research from publishers such as Mintel and Euromonitor to help grow your business and get ahead of the competition.

Day 2 How do I protect a business idea?

Don’t let someone pinch your idea or make money from your hard work. This workshop will help you understand how to make your business more profitable through protecting and exploiting your intellectual property, including your brand and your product or service. A vital but often overlooked area.

Get Started: “Very informative session and very well run. Lots of useful tips and definitely a brilliant event if you want to start a business” - 5E Design

Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre: “I found this workshop a very useful introduction to starting my new business” - Richard Owen

How do I protect a business idea:“This is the best workshop I have attended so far”- Jennifer Patrice


To take part you should be either: 

the owner of a business which is either not trading 


registered at Companies House for less than 12 months or an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea you want to develop

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This programme is fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the British Library.