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Got a business idea? Don’t miss out on S4S Launcher

We’re big fans of Doug Richard’s School for Startups at Concept Cupboard. They’re doing an amazing job of promoting and nurturing entrepreneurship in the UK and we’re seeing the results of their mentorship and encouragement every single day. The team have got a fantastic competition running at the moment where you can win ongoing mentorship from the Dragons Den star. Read on for more details!

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One year on. What we’ve learnt over the last 12 months


Concept Cupboard is now officially one year old. We did celebrate with a bit of Cava and Cake (see our celebration post for more on this).

Over the last 12 months we’ve won 10 x awards, been invited to Downing Street and helped our young creatives earn more than £75,000. The stunning infographic below tells you more about the journey.

Concept Cupboard infographic

That’s all great and we’re very proud of what we we’ve accomplished but I’d still only give us a 7/10 for the last 12 months.

Here’s what I’d do differently if I could… Read more…

Former BBC Dragon launches School for Creative Startups

School for Creative Startups

We had the chance to rub shoulders with a former BBC Dragon a few weeks ago at Artsmart run by University of the Arts London and got talking about a new programme that is being launched to help creatives start their own business.

School for Creative Startups Logo

School for Creative Startups is an innovative one-year programme for creative people, with unique ideas, wishing to start a successful new business. The aim of the programme is to teach the critical skills that new creative businesses need to succeed and to provide support throughout the vulnerable first year of business.

Led by Doug Richard, School for Creative Startups will provide accelerated business training that helps entrepreneurs launch more successful startups and run more successful businesses. Their face to face and online instruction covers topics like how to start a business, how to find investors, how to implement fast, cost-effective marketing strategies, and how to scale a business safely.

The aim is to increase the number of creative small businesses in the UK and provide them with access to world class business advice to help them succeed. If you want to find out more about the course, including the mentoring programme, an FAQ and the online application form here

You can also hear what Doug had to say as we sprung a camera on him at the Artsmart event:

School for Startups have also posted a project on Concept Cupboard that closes on Thursday. To take a look and submit your idea go to the main Concept Cupboard site.

Concept Cupboard at Artsmart London


We’ve had an awesome few days at the Artsmart event in Pimlico. Organised by the University of the Arts London the event has been held over two days bringing together recruiters, exhibitors and experts giving talks on subjects like Intellectual Property protection and setting yourself up as a freelancer.

Artsmart logo

The overwhelming feeling from the two days is that there is a lot of top notch talent now entering the job market. It’s now up to UK businesses to make the most of this talent and not let it go to waste.

It’s also been great to meet other businesses like Cyclodelic (beautiful women’s bicycle apparel & accessories), BaseKit (self-build web design software) and School for Creative Startups (Doug Richard’s new venture – helping creatives startup themselves).

University of the Arts

Our stand / corner

Our banner stands


Market stalls

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