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HeadStart - Business Support Programme for Start Ups

A comprehensive three-month programme for individuals in the early stages of establishing their business

What is HeadStart?

HeadStart is a flagship programme designed for individuals who are looking to launch a business. The programme is run by NTU Enterprise at our purpose-built Dryden Enterprise Centre on NTU’s city campus.

Who's it for?

HeadStart is for you if

  • You’ve done the research and now you’re ready to refine and launch your business
  • You're looking for a supportive space to establish your start up with like-minded peers
  • You’re prepared to engage fully in our three-month programme and take action

Our three-month programme comprises:

  • 4 days of intensive workshops
  • Mentoring sessions, one to one, group and peer to peer
  • Action Learning for you to complete during the programme
  • 5 days of flexi-access to Dryden Enterprise Centre

The programme is facilitated by NTU Enterprise Advisers (all of whom run or have run their own businesses) and specialist experts.

Places are limited and are allocated through our application process. We are looking for committed individuals who are passionate about taking the next steps in their business. If that's you request an application pack by emailing

Applications are now closed for September 2021 cohort.

2022 dates coming soon.

*Key dates that you will need to be available for:

Tues 21 Sept 2021

Workshop Day 1 (full day)

  • Idea Validation
  • Start thinking about Sustainability
  • The Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition and Your Business
  • Being a Great Mentee

Wed 22 Sept 2021

Workshop Day 2 (full day)

  • Market research & Understanding your Customers
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Action Planning

Wed 13 Oct 2021

Peer to Peer Mentoring session A  (1 hour between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm)

Tues 19 Oct 2021

Workshop Day 3 (full day)

  • Branding
  • Marketing 101: Traditional Marketing & Digital Marketing

Wed 10 Nov 2021

Peer to Peer Mentoring session B (1 hour between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm)

Tues 16 Nov 2021

Workshop Day 4 (full day)

  • Communicating Your Business to the World
  • Perfecting Your Pitch
  • Celebration!

Wed 8 Dec 2021

Peer to Peer Mentoring session C (1 hour between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm)

*Please note this is a hybrid programme and will be running virtually as well as in person. We advise that you attend the programme in person to make the most of the Dryden Enterprise Centre and facilities available as part of the programme. However, we understand this is not possible for everyone, therefore virtual attendance is an option.

Email to request an application pack.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418