Virgin StartUp

The Virgin not-for-profit supporting entrepreneurs in the UK.

Are you looking to crowdfund for your business to raise funds and grow your audience? One of our most popular Masterclasses, 'How to Mastermind an Equity Crowdfunding Campaign', is back for the last time this year. Grab a ticket whilst you still can! Link in bio #startup #business #entrepreneur #crowdfunding
SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: We're thrilled to have Dr Katie Cooper from @bloomboxclub joining our speaker lineup for our MeetUp next Tuesday on How to Lead your Startup with Purpose! Grab a ticket whilst you can! Link in bio. #startup #wework #entrepreneur
We're so pleased to see such a fantastic business keep going from strength to strength. Congratulations to the @changepleasecoffee team on being chosen by Virgin Trains as their official coffee provider! We supported @changepleasecoffee at their outset with a loan from Virgin StartUp and introduced them to Virgin Trains at our Doing Business with Big Business event. Our next one is on 9th November and you can grab your tickets in our bio. #startup #business #coffee #virgin
How do you stand out in a crowded marketplace like footwear? This is how Northampton based men's shoe brand @percystridefootwear do it! Lovely blog from the founder, Danielle Wathes on the ‘How To’ section of our site now!
We’re running our £500 StartUp Bootcamp today! Day 2 of a 3 day course to learn how to start a business for £500! So many great ideas in this room leaving us totally inspired! Here’s Ryan pitching his business idea in the length of a tweet 🐝
'The power of a great strapline' an awesome blog by Fritha Vincent, founder of @secret.projects a social business that trains and empowers women in India. Interacting with customers led to her coming up with the ideal slogan; ‘Unfolding Women’s Power.’ Read about it on the How To section of our website!
Thrilled to have Robyn, co founder of @squarerootldn joining the panel for our ‘how to run a food startup’ MeetUp tonight! She’ll be revealing the story of how she launched the brand at a farmers market in 2012 and how it’s now grown to be the award winning small batch soda business it is today! Handmade in Hackney.
SHOUT OUT to the latest business to receive a Start Up Loan from Virgin StartUp. Expert Precision Engineering is an engineering company based in Tyneside! Read their story on our website!
Creating brand values can help your business to establish a clear identity and great habits from day one. Tola Osundina, co-founder of @ftcore , a family owned yoga and Pilates studio based in Hackney, has written a blog showcasing how she embedded brand values in her business! Read over on the how to section of our website.
SHOUT OUT to @floristupmystreet. The latest business we’ve supported with a Start Up Loan. They're a startup specialising in fresh hand-delivered flowers, designed and created by local florists. All the best to founder Tom and team. 🙌👌🏻
SHOUT OUT to Yorkshire startup, Bhendi Bazaar! The latest business we've supported with a Start Up Loan. Hand ground, small batch spice blends for North Indian khana. A Tribute to the roadside cafes, street grills and dhabas of Bombay. All the best to founder, Niz Karbani! Read about how he started on the be inspired section of our website! 🍛😋
SHOUT OUT to Sarah Brice, founder of @HandsomeHats - design your own fascinator! She launched her dream business after taking out a £500 Start Up Loan from Virgin StartUp. "The £500 allowed me to purchase the equipment and materials needed to launch my business as well as providing the seed funding for creating a website" Want to know how to turn your idea into a business for £500? We're running a special Virgin StartUp Bootcamp in September, find out more on our website.
You don't need millions to launch a business. SHOUT OUT to @joshrenouf , founder of @barisieur - the coffee alarm clock! This is what he created with £500! "The £500 Start Up Loan from Virgin StartUp helped towards a working prototype (made in the north of England) to help prove the concept of my product to the kickstarter backers." Want to know how to turn your idea into a business for £500? Applications are open to the FREE Virgin StartUp Bootcamp! Apply on our website!
Did you know @richardbranson ’s first business was launched using just £500? Student Magazine. It was created to provide an alternative to stale school magazines and protest against the Vietnam War. That business ended up paving the way for Virgin Galactic, Virgin Atlantic and all the other Virgin companies around the world today! Now, we're launching a startup bootcamp to showcase how others can start a business for £500 too! Read more about it on Richard’s blog!
🙌 Nice idea! We know loads of entrepreneurs who’ve had to spend precious time queuing at the post office. 'Royal Mail launches UK's first ever parcel postboxes in attempt to help eBayers and small businesses'
Adam French launched @wheyduk into a saturated market yet he's been making decent headway. How? The brand stood out. On our blog he showcases how he achieved that. @wheyduk create sustainable, pure, whey protein sourced from Irish, GMO-free grass-fed dairy. All the best Adam! 🙌
Getting the🍿ready for this one! Just over a year ago we supported Matty Johnson, co-founder of Yorkshire based @MyrtleAndMaude with a Start Up Loan and mentoring. This startup - named after the grandmothers of the two founders - make all natural, organic products for pregnancy wellbeing. Tonight, they're on ITV at 8pm! In this brand new series, Baroness Karren Brady meets the brave people who decide to go it alone and start a new business. While many take off, every year in the UK 30,000 start-up businesses fail. This unique take on business follows the first year for intrepid entrepreneurs - tune in to see how Matty and co-founder Jules got on. GO TEAM! WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
A SHOUT OUT to the latest business to receive a Start Up Loan from Virgin StartUp! It’s @TheClubhouseCoffee - a coffee shop based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. Serving coffee and light bites using high quality, locally sourced products and ingredients, coupled with bikes produced by Factor. All the best to founder Kane Pulford-Roberts and team. 🚲 ☕️ 🙌
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