Spark Award is a 9-week introduction to business start-up. The programme equips you with all the skills you need to kick-start your business.

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About Spark

With this step-by-step programme, you will develop an idea into a scalable venture.

At the end of nine weeks you will walk away with:

  • a clear understanding of your business
  • a basic business plan 
  • a first stage pitch-deck which will equip you to compete for £500 seed funding.

The hybrid delivery is designed to fit around your studies. It uses an online platform where you will build and develop your ideas, meet your fellow entrepreneurs and receive direct feedback with a combination of webinars and online meetings.

Through Spark you will get to meet with and learn from experts, successful alumni, and other like-minded people who are on the same path as you. 

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone that wants to test and develop their idea in a low-risk way and start to build their network.


The following programme runs annually from September to November and January to March.

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Week one - concept

In this first session we will discuss your business idea and explore the problems it is aiming to solve.

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Week two - customer

Customers are at the heart of your business, but do you know who they are? This session helps to identify your customer, understand why they want to buy from you and how to market to them.

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Week three - competition

A little competition is good, as long as you know who your competition is. In this session we explore the importance of competition and how to position yourself in a competitive arena.

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Week four - compatibility

In this session we explore the entrepreneurial mindset, asking the question 'why you?' and looking at how to build a winning team for your business. 

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Week five - contents

Now you know more about your business and what you need to do to make your ideas happen. This session is about confidently planning your first steps into the venture.

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Week six - cash

Understanding finances doesn't need to be a daunting part of setting up a business. Here we explore finances in a simple and direct way and show you what your financial forecast could look like.