We hope business is booming and that the only thing scary in October was your next door neighbour’s kids demanding sweets! As we step into November, may your month start with a bang as we move into the season of dinners, charity balls and award ceremonies.
Tomorrow is our Ones to Watch Final with Teesside University and on the 22nd November we see the Grand Final of the If We Can You Can Challenge; with startups now shortlisted, we have a small amount of tickets left so if you’d like to be a part of it click on the link!
We’re also heading to Northumbria University to immerse students into the world of starting up for one of their famous Enterprise Weekends’ as well as Durham University on the 26th November to run Durham Startup Co. – a bimonthly networking event for students, graduates and our wonderful business community.
Scroll down for more news, workshops and fun networking events all over the region for Global Entrepreneurship Week to help you find opportunities and start having those all important conversations.
Green for Go!
Our sustainable business accelerator is well on its way, and we can’t wait to get out to Newcastle, Gateshead, Tyne Met and Stockton Sixth Form College to talk about sustainability, global thinking and self-employment.
We are currently adding the final touches to our content ready for a November delivery as well as planning the live pitching final in February 2020.
If you’d like to attend our live final in February please contact Alice Holliday on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07922090726.
Building Steps to a Brighter Future
We are continuing to work on ‘Building Steps’ which is a community intervention project based in North Tyneside which sets out to help those who are unemployed and aged 18-29 from North Tyneside to find work, get job ready or set up their own business.
We’re reaching out to North Tyneside based charities, CICs and community interest groups to recruit participants onto ‘Building Steps’ and if you know of anyone who might be interested, or know an organisation we should contact please contact Alice via email email@example.com or by calling 07922090726.
This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund.
With the participants flying through their weld assessments, the level 1 section of the FLYING SPARKS MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding course is coming to a close! The participants will now move on to their level 2. With only 2 months left of the course, we are eager to get as many local employers involved as possible!
If you or someone within your network uses MIG Welding in their process, and would be interested in offering employment, site tours or mentoring to our participants, please contact Jackson via 07856 246 375 or email him via firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on FLYING SPARKS and to see how you can get involved please head to our website here.
FLYING SPARKS is part-funded by Newcastle College and North of Tyne Community Led Local Development with funding from the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
A month of interesting and fun events…check out our events calendar here!
Durham City Incubator
A fully-funded accelerator programme for Durham based business owners and entrepreneurs.
If you have a County Durham-based business that’s been trading less than twelve months or you’re looking to launch an ambitious, potential high-growth start-up, you can join Durham City Incubator (DCI) – a six-month fully funded accelerator programme.
DCI supports any ambitious entrepreneurs in Durham with the vision to start and scale up their business. They particularly encourage student and graduate talent from Durham University and New College Durham to apply.
They are here to support ambitious businesses based in County Durham less than a year old achieve their goals and local entrepreneurs launch start-ups with high growth potential.
They work with students and alumni of Durham University and New College Durham with innovative businesses ideas or concepts, as well as entrepreneurs and Durham-based business owners with a vision to grow and scale up.
How do they help?
DCI provide all the support you need to boost your business or launch an ambitious start-up in Durham, including:
• A start-up grant of up to £2,500 to invest in your business.
• A mentor to share your ideas, thoughts and ambitions with.
• The chance to connect, learn and collaborate with the like-minded entrepreneurs going through the programme alongside you.
• Unique opportunities to connect with investors and funders that can finance your business growth plans.
• Access to the shared workspace in Salvus House in Durham at a reduced rate (just £50 per month).
• An opportunity to test a business model in the real world with a safety net there to support you.
• The chance to gain hands-on experience through workshops by some of the North East’s leading experts in marketing, finance, legal and business growth.
• Access to networks, events and meet-ups across the North East.
• Free public relations and marketing opportunities that will help raise your profile and get your business on the map.
• One-to-one support from DCI staff to help you plan and achieve your targets.
• Up to two days of specialist consultancy support.
• An option to access an innovation loan up to £7,500 financed by Northstar Ventures.
How does it work?
DCI is a six-month accelerator programme that you and your co-founders can go through alongside the day-to-day running of your business.
The programme is delivered through boot camps, one-to-one support, mentoring sessions, workshops, seminars, and networking events.
It’s designed as a crash course in starting and running a business, equipping you with the skills you need to make sure your new venture thrives.
Over the course of six months, you’ll learn new skills through workshops that will help you understand finance, develop market strategies, and map out your future growth.
You’ll be assigned a dedicated mentor and work with DCI staff who will help guide you through the early stages of starting and running your business and help you turn your vision and ambitions into reality.
You’ll also get the chance to share your ideas and ambitions with like-minded entrepreneurs, pitch your business to investors and funders, learn from some of the North East’s brightest business minds, and much more.
DCI has been designed for busy business owners to attend around running their business, which means it’s incredibly flexible. In total, you’ll need to attend at least 64 hours of workshops and support sessions during the six-month programme to get access to DCI’s many benefits.
Whatever you want to achieve, they will help you get there.
How do you apply?
DCI runs in cohorts that each last six months.
To get on to the next cohort, simply fill out this short form and provide a two minute video pitch introducing yourself, your business and why you want to be part of Durham City Incubator.
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to a pitch event, where you’ll get the chance to explain your business or idea and how you’d benefit from DCI to a panel in a two-minute pitch.
If you make a big impression, you’ll be invited to join the six-month accelerator programme.
Interested? Apply today.