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So you want to start a business?
Perhaps we can help

Startup Connect offers people with business ideas the chance to link-in to a community of support who will travel with them through every aspect of the journey of launching their enterprise. We connect you with people who can contribute practical resources towards the launch and success of your 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.

We are especially excited to work with you if you are passionate about the positive difference that your business could make to the world.

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What makes us different?
Our values

There are others doing this kind of thing. Startup Connect is resourced by the Christian Community and this give us a unique flavour – we have three core values:

Generosity: With our time, talents, gifts and ideas
Prayer: So much more is possible when we invite God to be involved
Structure: Creativity is best harnessed within clearly defined parameters

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Is Startup Connect for you?
What’s your story?

The entrepreneur

The entrepreneur

Maybe you’ve had a big dream for years, or maybe you just have a fledgling idea and you are looking for input from others. Or maybe your work in a business – like a beauty salon or a restaurant - and you want to do your own thing. Tell us about it – we might be able to help.
The generous expert

The generous expert

Perhaps you have a professional skill – accountancy, marketing or design - that has served you well in your career and now you want to offer it into the mix to help someone else. Can you become a mentor or an advisor? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
The restless soul thinking about a change

The restless soul thinking about a change

Imagine, for example, that you’ve been a teacher or an office worker for years and you’ve been developing an idea for a business – now you are wondering how you could establish your idea as a side-line or take the plunge make it your new job. We can talk it through; there may be all sorts of creative ways to take the next step.
The business owner looking for the next step

The business owner looking for the next step

You’ve got your own thing off the ground but now its time to get creative, overcome the next round of hurdles and increase your impact. Let the Startup team wrap our heads around your current venture and see it’s potential.

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Wondering how it looks?
An insight into the process

Five key Stages

Five key Stages

Entrepreneurs will go through five stages as they move along the Startup journey. Each stage includes meetings with experts and coaches, shared meals, research projects and occasionally residential learning experiences.

Application

Application

Startup ideas are submitted through an application and selection proces.

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Relationships

Relationships

The Startup team meet with the potential entrepreneur to hear their story, connect them into the network and introduce them to a mentor and an advisor.
Refining

Refining

Entrepreneurs are helped to refine and evaluate their business plans ready to be pitched to investors. This may be done in the context of a "cohort" alongside other entrepreneurs.
Startup

Startup

We help to gather the resources necessary for the strongest possible start. We then help to establish patterns of support and advice.
Evaluation

Evaluation

Startup Connect revisits and evaluates how well the startup process has gone. The entrepreneur is encouraged to become a part of the process of helping others behind them to startup. Sucesses and lessons are celebrated!
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Who will you be working with?
Meet the team

Startup Connect is a project of the Business Connect Network. The executive team are:

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Why do we want to help you?
The world needs your creativity

We believe that business should be a connecting, empowering and liberating force – contributing meaningfully to the common good and connecting individuals to their calling and mission in life.

Innovation, creativity and courage are required if business is to live up to this ideal. Individuals with imagination must be given the means to bring new and exciting ventures into the world - for the benefit of our economies, our communities and our shared future.

Christians are well placed to serve others towards this end. At their best our communities are fully invested in power of servanthood, fellowship and mutual support. We also believe that the talents, gifts and resources that we have been given are not primarily for our own benefit but for the benefit of others.

Join us on the Startup Connect journey!

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It is interesting to note that the word “company” comes not from anything to do with money or profit, but rather from the Latin for “breaking bread together” (com=with + panis=bread). Perhaps the value of a company should once again be determined by its ability to enable us to share our fundamental resources for the good of others. And what better place to model that than amongst those who are united by their regular breaking of bread together? – Tim Nash
(Read more of the ethos and mission behind Startup Connect here)


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