This week we kicked off our Future Startup Founder Now course with a group of 25 young entrepreneurs who each have business ideas in development.
This week was all about getting to know each other and starting to flesh out their concepts as they work towards the final week pitch.
We covered the lean startup methodology, how to set milestones for your business to meet your targets, and how to build a team to complement your strengths.
The group also met their mentors for the first time and somehow found the time to set up our first ever Create Jobs book group!
It’s been brilliant to see the supportive and collaborative atmosphere created within the cohort in such a short time and the synergies between many of the business ideas. Sustainability, inclusivity, and support for independent artists and makers are strong themes across the businesses and we can’t wait to see how these ideas develop.
One of our Founders, Mildred Cheng, had a busy week juggling the sessions with launching her a Lunar New Year virtual exhibition and online store Don’t Call Me Oriental.
The group found meeting the creators of GUAP really inspirational and loved hearing their story of building a successful brand from scratch. They took on board Ibrahim and Jide’s advice about networking sideways and building up a strong peer network, which we followed up with a Zoom networking session to allow them to get to know each other better in small groups, which the cohort really enjoyed
Marie Krebs’ session on the lean startup methodology was a great introduction to some key business concepts to help the group start to develop their offer, while Pac O’Shea’s session on milestones set out some tangible steps the group can take to achieve their vision.
Marie and Pac will be back next week to follow up on the homework tasks they set and hear the group present back their work.
Next week – pitch preparation kicks off with a session on ideation from Abraham Asefaw, we’ll have a workshop on making the most of Linkedin, and we dive deeper into Minimum Viable Products.
Written by Programme Officer Beth Kahn (leading Future Software Developer Now)