We provide you with guidance and support through our regular workshops, events and unique business initiatives designed to help make your startup business journey easier.

Network at our events and workshops

Exclusive workshops
& networking events

Workspace for you startup

Inexpensive workspace

Special offers for your start-up

Preferred suppliers

Get additional funding to finance your startup

Investment & further funding

Access crowdfunding effectively

Crowd funding

Resource you may need

Resources


Special offers for your start-up

Preferred suppliers

Startups invariably need to use the same service providers be they graphic or website designers, digital marketing experts, lawyers or bookkeepers. We have found that many starts ups have often have a bad experience resulting in poor service and value. To help, Startup Direct funded businesses can use the services of one of our ‘Preferred Suppliers’ that are tried tested and trusted and offer discounted rates to our businesses. To obtain our preferred list of suppliers simply email apply@startupdirect.org. This service is only available to entrepreneurs that have been funded by Startup Direct.


Get additional funding to finance your startup

Investment & types of funding for startups

At Startup Direct, we know how difficult it can be to find investment for your startup. If you are looking for investment for your business, Startup Direct may be able to help. We have relationships with partners that provide larger sums of both debt and equity investment. If you would like to find out more regarding types of funding for startups, please email apply@startupdirect.org and one of our advisor’s will be in touch shortly.


Access crowdfunding effectively

Crowd funding

Whilst Start Up loans provides funding to get your business started, raising the next round of funding can prove challenging. Crowdfunding, though not necessarily suitable for all businesses, can be an excellent option. However, the development, promotion, and maintenance of a crowdfunding campaign needs a degree of knowledge and expertise and can be time consuming for business startup.

Startup Direct provides a specialist consultancy to help crowdfunders succeed with their campaigns by offering crowdfunding campaign consulting and workshops that help you plan, develop and launch a successful campaign. For more information please email apply@startupdirect.org.


Workspace for you startup

Inexpensive workspace

Not only do we offer a free 6 month free virtual office, we also have some fantastic deals with our co-working spaces partners for your startup:

LaunchPad Labs

LaunchPad Labs

A great space, moments from the Old Street Roundabout, we can offer our applicants a much discounted rate.

Huckletree

Huckletree

We can offer 1 month scholarships at Huckletree, including 1 flexible co-working pack for your entire team.


Network at our events and workshops

Collaborative working groups

Working by yourself in developing your business idea can be lonely and morale sapping. To help overcome this and deal with the challenges you face Startup Direct has created industry or skill specific advocacy/collaborative groups.

Working together in these startup groups helps businesses share knowledge and experience and pool resources to help each other.

Each group is led by an experienced business mentor who can also draw upon the resources of other business mentors within Startup Direct family to help the group.


Resource you may need

Business resources

This section provides useful articles, blogs, easy to understand business guides, templates and other useful tools that can help your business.

Business guides and templates

COMING SOON – We will soon have a variety of simple step-by-step guides on a variety of topics relevant to starting and running your business.

  • Marketing: Email marketing – get it right!
  • Web Development: The importance of SEO for business
  • Legal: Understanding intellectual property
  • Business Planning: How to write a business plan
  • Business Plan Template
  • Cashflow and finance: What you need to know
  • Cashflow template

Get all this and more when applying for a startup loan and business mentoring with us…

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