Start-up Day

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A day of free workshops, motivational talks and inspirational events throughout our National Network of BIPCs to give you the know-how to turn your business dream into a reality, whilst navigating a post-pandemic world.

The Business & IP Centre’s Start-up Day is back for 2023!

Business in the arts and culture sector has been tough recently. Join us online and in person for our annual day of free talks and practical advice sessions, this year we’ve designed a programme to get your creative business off to a flying start and help it become more dynamic.

We are leading a revolution by inspiring a thriving community of new and existing business owners. Whether you want to turn your creative side hustle to a full-time job, need help in protecting your intellectual property, are having difficulty navigating your creative business post-pandemic or you’re in the fashion industry and want to discover how upcoming trends can work for you, we’ve got you covered. 

As we run sessions at the British Library, as well as in libraries around the UK as part of our National Network, this is your opportunity to meet a wide breadth of people - chat with other attendees, share advice, and build your network.

Book on to as many free sessions as you’d like:

Speed Mentoring: Passion for Fashion - your business know how (10:00 - 13:00)

Grab a unique opportunity to gain mentoring in a group setting with experts from business and creative industries.

Protect your creative business (13:00 - 14:00)

Develop your ideas with our market research and company databases, learn new skills on this insightful training and discover how to protect your business post-Covid.

We’ll celebrate the end of the day’s events with a panel discussion with fashion entrepreneurs.

Start-up Stars: Staying creative in a global crisis (15:00 - 17:00)

Joining our line-up for our 2023 Start-up Day Covid Recovery Edition, will be our Start-up Stars event. Traditionally this is a series of quarterly events where scale-up businesses from the British Library’s Innovating for Growth and Get Ready for Business Growth programmes share their experiences in business with an audience of aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: The Changing Face of Fashion (18:00 - 21:00)

Join our panel of experts as we explore the current state of the fashion industry as we discuss the enduring effects of the pandemic, the current cost of living crisis, and what the ‘new look’ of fashion is today.

Not based in London? Our National Network will also be participating in Start-up Day, follow the links below to see what's on in a BIPC near you:


Brighton & Hove

Cambridge & Peterborough 



Humber Region


Leeds City Region


Greater Manchester


North East



South Yorkshire


This event is supported by Barclays.

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Name: Start-up Day
Where: Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901
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