Offering support for entrepreneurs and new enterprisesMay 15th, 2012 4 comments
How will you help your local entreneurs and new enterprises to be as successful as possible? Here we provide an overview of the kind of support that’s generally needed, and links to some providers where we have them.
We think some support services are best delivered at national level, some at local level, and some between the two (regional, county level etc.) Here on the REconomy website we are focusing on support and partners that are relevant nationally or for a large region e.g. London. We hope that this gives you ideas what what you might offer, and then each Transition Initiative can research what is available where they are, and make sure this information is available through their own websites and possibly, offered out of their local incubator.
Our research tells us that different people have around 7 different types of needs, and we have organised things around these categories:
“I want to do something new with my life, maybe start up a new enterprise, but I don’t know what – can you help me with some ideas?”
Locally, you can provide your own set of case studies and inspiring stories such as those in Inspiration for Budding Entrepreneurs.
“I have an idea for a new enterprise and I just want to talk to someone about it ” or “I’m working on an idea or have started something already, and I need some specific help with marketing or legal for example, but I can’t pay for this”.
“I’ve got a really good idea or early stage enterprise that I’m keen to grow or make better, and I’d like some tailored and flexible individual support that can be done to fit with my life. I might be able to pay something“.
Locally, you can think about setting up or engaging with Coaching and other professional services.
”I’ve got a really good idea or early stage enterprise that I’m keen to grow or make better, and I’d like a comprehensive and structured programme of support that I can do alongside others like me. I might be able to pay something“.
Locally, you might find demand for a formal programme such as the School for Transition Entrepreneurs or you might set up your own version of this.
“I’ve got a credible well thought through business idea with a seemingly viable financial model and I need to access some money to help me make it happen.”
Locally, you can explore different funding/investment sources and also consider (once it’s up and running) the TN Investment Readiness programme, both in Show me the money.
“Actually I’m fine on my own, don’t need anything more but would be nice to connect with others doing this kind of thing.”
Locally, you might want to set up something like a Business and livelihoods group.
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