What is it?
Startup Connect provides opportunities for the Christian community to contribute practical resources to get worthwhile business endeavours off the ground. We invite people with business ideas to join a community of support who will travel with them through every aspect of the journey of launching their business. We aim to greatly increase the likelihood of the success of each enterprise and remove the barriers to great things getting started and brilliant ideas becoming reality.
What are our values?
We operate with three core values:
- Setting helpful boundaries
The programme aims to impact beneficially:
Individual Entrepreneurs with great business ideas
We resource passionate people with great ideas through supportive relationships. Nobody has all the skills required to make a start-up business a success in our challenging economic climate. We will work to plug individuals and their ideas in to a wider network who are seeking to share their skills, resources and advice on the basis of gift and fellowship.
The Business Connect Community
Business Connect is a Christian organisation seeking to create and sustain a community of mutual support, creativity, encouragement, hospitality and faithful practice in the business sector.
We believe that meaningful relationships are formed and strengthened in the process of working together in collective endeavours. We also believe that the gifts, opportunities and resources that we posses are not primarily given to us for our own benefit but for the benefit of others.
Exercising generosity creates an economy and culture of gift and trust amongst the members of the network, feeding into our wider objective to become the kind of distinctive community that can sustain Christian virtue and can witness to the character of God.
The Jersey Church and Wider Society
Economic diversification and social and organisational innovation are vital to the longer-term health of Jersey society. The church will also benefit as its imagination is stretched to think about different and more “of the moment” ways of expressing the Christian faith and Christian fellowship that can meet people in their ordinary everyday concerns.
What does it look like?
Entrepreneurs will go through five stages as they move along the Startup journey. Each stage includes meetings with experts and coaches people, shared meals, research projects and occasionally residential learning experiences.
Who is behind it?
Startup Connect is a project of the Business Connect Network
The executive team are: