Future Startup Founder Now

Discover what it takes to be part of a startup or launch your own one and get the chance to win £5k of funding

Think you’ve got an idea to change the world or just want to be your own boss? Future Startup Founder Now's six-week programme with Hustle Crew helps diverse creatives take their first steps to starting up their own business or being part of an established one.

As well as training and support, you’ll join a network of professionals and industry leaders who can guide you on your way to success.

Then, at the end of six weeks, you’ll get the chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges with the top eight businesses going on to receive £5,000 of kit to help you get your business off the ground.


Online via Zoom


10am-4pm, Mon-Fri

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The course is delivered online, 5 days a week, Mon-Fri. This includes industry talks, development workshops, careers advice and guidance, individual support, peer networking and self-study.

  • Lean startup methodology: build, measure, learn

  • Milestones to track product development and community engagement

  • Community building: sharing insight, keeping up conversations, maintaining relationships with early users

  • No Code Tools and building products

  • Team building, advisors mentors: whose help matters most

  • Reaching customers: hacks, things that don’t scale, marketing channels

  • Forecasting and other finance essentials

  • How to launch and keep launching and tracking success metrics

  • Mobile app development

As well as access to the course content, our aim is to place every person who goes through this programme into paid work or further training. You’ll also get access to:

  • Free, industry standard training from top employers
  • Connections to live job roles
  • Weekly employment workshops to improve your applications and interviews
  • Individual and group wellbeing support
  • A network of young creatives
  • Ongoing alumni support, access to events and networking opportunities
  • A MacBook Pro and Adobe Software

We don’t mind about qualifications or past paid experience; our only requirements are:

  • You must be 18-24 years-old
  • You must be from a London borough
  • You must have a business idea
  • You must not be in full-time employment, education or training
  • You must commit to the programme and be free weekdays during the programme (Mon 8 Feb till Fri 19 March)
  • You must be free for a selection day on 26, 27, 28 January

Other than that, we want to see your passion and interest in the industry as well as a creative can-do attitude and desire to learn.

Find out more about our ideal applicant here.

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We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the digital and creative sector. This includes women, people who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, D/deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent people, people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require any formal qualification to apply.

Important info

If your application is successful, you’ll need to be available for an online group selection day on either 26, 27, 28 January where you'll take part in a collaborative group task and meet the Create Jobs team.

Please note that we are unable to offer alternative group selection dates and if you are unable to attend the selection day, we will not be able to process your application further. 

You must be free to take part in the programme full time between Mon 8 Feb till Fri 19 March

Access and additional support

It is important to us that our programmes are accessible. Please let us know if you would like to submit your application in a different format by contacting createjobs@anewdirection.org.uk.

If you have access requirements for either the selection process or the programme itself, please include this in your application or contact us before the deadline.

Find out more about access requirements and adjustments here.

Want some help with your application? Attend one of our info sessions. Find out more here.


We run informal online sessions where people who are interested in the programme can meet with a member of the team, learn a bit more about each programmes and seek some help and support with their application.

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