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Programme helps people get started

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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A "SCHOOL For Startups" is providing 250 places on a programme dedicated to aspiring and new entrepreneurs in the South West. Led by founder and chief executive Doug Richard, the free programme, worth £1,000, is an intensive six-week accelerator, teaching the basics of business and providing a supportive environment to dramatically increase likelihood of success.

It is one of the key strands of the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal which focuses on increasing productivity and growth in the region, including encouraging and supporting new businesses.

In six weeks, it aims to start and fund businesses that will create future jobs and generate growth for the region.

Doug said: "You're not born an entrepreneur; you're born a baby! Thus entrepreneurship can and should be taught, and it's a simple fact that new and small businesses need more support.

"We're excited to bring a thorough, fully supportive programme to the economically invaluable Peninsula region. I can't wait to see the results."

Prospective applicants can meet Doug and the School For Startups team to find out more and if it's for them at a series of 10 information sessions across the region in May. A North Devon session will be held on May 21 from 8.30am to 10.30am in Barnstaple.

The programme itself runs from June to July or September to October and has been made possible by the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal's £6 million business support programme, which is being funded through the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

The aim is that by the end of the programme 250 new businesses of all types will be up and running with greatly enhanced survival and sustainability rates. Visit www.school forstartups.co.uk.

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