LEAP Start up Programme – One day Business Start up Workshop in Lewes on 16th Jan 2023

16th January 2023
Event Start 9:30 am
Event Finish 4:30 pm
Event Venue The Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall
Event Address The Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, Lewes BN7 2QS
Event Manager Sandra Walker

The LEAP Business Start-up programme is open to any resident living in the Lewes district who has aspirations to start their own business. It is an intensive business support programme that offers a £2500 prize in the form of a grant to one lucky winner.

The LEAP Programme is split into the 3 stages

Stage 1 – Attendance at a one-day business start-up workshop on 16th Jan 2023 or alternatively we are running the workshop as a virtual event across 2 days in Feb. There is space for up to 15 candidates on each workshop.

After the workshops have been held, 15 candidates are selected to move to stage 2. The remaining candidates are offered additional business advice and support under another mentoring programme.

Stage 2 – The selected candidates will be allocated a dedicated business mentor who will work with them to produce a business plan. During this period (and to help them complete the plan) they will also attend 4×3 hour workshops on Finance, Marketing, Legal and Social Media Marketing. The workshops will be offered as physical and online workshops. The business plans are submitted and judged when 5 finalists will be selected. The finalists will then present their plan to the judges at a mini–Dragons Den type event where a winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced at an awards event where they will win a grant of £2500 and the award – “LEAP Entrepreneur of the Year”.

Stage 3 – Additional mentoring support is offered to help candidates launch their business.



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