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Do you want to start your own business but don't know where to begin?

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Take a look at our recorded session to learn more about the Outbox Entrepreneurs programme and get inspired to start your entrepreneurial journey.

Outbox Entrepreneurs

Join the 7-month accelerator programme that focuses on supporting and developing the skills of young women and young non-binary people that want to get their STEAM business off the ground with support from Futuremakers from Standard Chartered.

Apply here
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The 4 Week Incubator Period - August to September

Over 4 weeks, you’ll attend two Saturday events in person, plus three 2-hour virtual evening sessions each week, where you’ll learn the skills you’ll need to get your business idea off the ground. As well as have the opportunity to pitch your idea to get equity-free funding.

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Mentoring & Monthly Saturday Events - October to February

You’ll be matched with a mentor from Standard Chartered who’ll provide you with 10 hours of business focussed support over six months. And to help you develop your business idea and learn more skills, you’ll attend one Saturday Event in person each month. It’ll include a morning workshop, an afternoon inspiration session, and lots of free food.

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Equity Free Funding

Pitch for a grant award ranging from £500 to £2500 - no strings attached.

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Exclusive Access

Standard Chartered will be giving participants access to their offices in London for in-person days.

How old do I have to be?You need to be aged between 18-25.
I’ve got a job, can I still sign up? Don't worry, if you’re working or studying, our sessions will fit around Monday-Friday, 9-5 working hours.
What are the requirements?To be a part of the programme, you must: a) Be a young women or non-binary person b) Be based in the UK c) Have a business idea.
What if I don't have a laptop/ travel arrangements?As a lot of the programme is online, if you don’t have a laptop or access to reliable internet, we’ll send you a laptop, an internet dongle or both.
I don’t live in London, how do I attend the event s that are in person?As you’ll need to attend some events in person, we’ll cover your travel costs - don’t worry.
What does equity-free funding mean?We're proud to offer equity-free funding - a unique opportunity that allows you to retain complete ownership of your business while receiving the financial support you need to thrive.

The 4 Week Incubator Schedule


Date Event Time
Saturday, 12 August The launch – in London

  • Meet others like you
  • Hear from entrepreneurs
  • Take part in a workshop
10:45 – 16:30
Tuesday, 15 August

Wednesday, 16 August

Thursday, 17 August

Week 1 Sessions (Virtual)

  • Strategy & Goal Setting
  • Resilience & Confidence
  • Business Model Canvas
18:30 – 20:30
Tuesday, 22 August

Wednesday, 23 August

Thursday, 24 August

Week 2 Sessions (Virtual)

  • Branding & Identity
  • Design Thinking
  • Negotiation and Leadership Skills
18:30 – 20:30
Tuesday, 29 August

Wednesday, 30 August

Thursday, 31 August

Week 3 Sessions (Virtual)

  • Marketing (How to implement and execute)
  • Legal Structure & IP for your Business
  • Accounting Basics
18:30 – 20:30
Tuesday, 5 September

Wednesday, 6 September

Thursday, 7 September

Week 4 Sessions (Virtual)

  • Sales (Customer Acquisition)
  • Pitching & presenting
  • Investment readiness & alternative routes of funding
18:30 – 20:30
Saturday, 9 September Pitch your idea – in London

Match with your mentor

10:00 – 16:30
What Can I Expect From Workshops?

All workshops will provide you with skills needed to get your business off the ground. Find out specifics below or watch our video.

Applications Now Open

Applications for Outbox Entrepreneurs 2023 are now open and will close on August 8th at 12pm.

Apply here