Future Startup Now Founders

Turn your idea into a business with five weeks of training and mentoring from leading startups - then pitch for investment and ongoing support

Applications for Future Startup Now Founders have now closed.

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Think you’ve got an idea to change the world or just want to be your own boss? Future Startup Nows five-week Founders programme helps diverse creative entrepreneurs take their first steps to starting up their own business or social enterprise.

As well as training and support, you’ll join a network of professionals and industry leaders who can guide you on your way to success.

Then, at the end of five weeks, you’ll get the chance to pitch your idea to a panel of judges with the top ten businesses going on to receive £5,000 of kit to help you get your business off the ground.

Future Startup Now Founders follows our successful Future Startup Now Bootcamp which successfully placed participants at paid roles at Airbnb, Amazon, Afrocenchix, Depop, Sony and People of Colour in Tech.

Find out more about Future Startup Now Bootcamp here.


Online via Zoom


10am-4pm, Mon-Fri

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Our partners come from across the digital, tech and creative industries to give participants the best, industry-standard training.

  • Startup methodology
  • MVP testing
  • Product development
  • Community engagement
  • User research
  • Team building
  • Forecasting and finance essentials
  • Law and compliance regulations
  • How to launch and measure success

You’ll also learn about opportunities across the tech sector and get access to career development sessions with our Future Startup Now partners.

  • Aged 18-24
  • Live in London
  • Have a business idea that you have already started to develop for example by building a platform, growing an online following or community, creating a website or designing a prototype.
  • Interested in learning more about the startup world and digital entrepreneurs / small businesses
  • Available full time between Friday 27 June to Friday 7 August

We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the digital and tech sector. This includes women, people of colour, people with disabilities, neurodiverse/neurodivergent people, people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require any formal qualification to apply.

  • 5 weeks of intensive, industry standard training
  • Your own mentor to aid your development
  • Access to startup hubs and founder communities
  • Ongoing employability support to develop your career
  • The chance to pitch for £5k of tech equipment and ongoing business development support

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