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Calling Aspiring Business Founders!

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Whether you are still at the ideas stage or getting ready to grow, join us, the beepurple team, in the  StartUpHive 2021 on the week of 14 June. We have put together a carefully curated week of inspiring sessions and live networking, underpinned by sustainable values, designed to help you build the skills, competences and confidence you need to start your own business this summer. Come along with an idea that you can develop into a business plan among like-minded students looking to begin their startup adventure.

Over the course of five days, you will be able to attend ten bespoke workshops delivered by experienced trainers and speakers who understand what it’s like to be a startup. By the end of the programme you will have developed your entrepreneurial mindset, have unlocked your idea’s potential and have a skeleton business plan in your hand ready to move forward with.

This year’s school will still be online via Zoom and we will use this digital environment to deliver masterclasses and interactive sessions to enable you to share your ideas, understanding and problems with fellow creators. We plan to deliver two short expert sessions each day on hot topics such as story-telling and branding, social entrepreneurship, getting your product in front of your customers or accessing funding, followed by open mike sessions where students can receive peer support and feedback on their ideas. Because we know that if you can’t see it, you can’t be it, we will be joined by established University of Brighton founders who can relate to your experience and give you the benefit of their experience.

Topics covered include:

  • Generating and analysing your ideas, solving a problem, spotting trends;
  • Identifying, targeting and reaching your customer (and what you can learn from the competition);
  • Telling stories and using PR to raise your profile;
  • Building a standout personal brand;
  • Taking the fear out of funding and finance;
  • Keeping it legal;
  • Selling online;
  • Managing your social media marketing;
  • Developing a practical marketing strategy across channels.

On the final day, you’ll have the chance to take part in a pitching competition for a prize of £250 (with a panel of judges). We’ll finish with a wow founder talk from a high profile business leader and guide you towards you own personal plan to turn this experience into action. Throughout the week, we’ll share our knowledge of free resources, useful hacks and advice.

This course is worth £2,500 but we will be delivering it free of charge for students and graduates from the University of Brighton! If you have a fresh idea for a new product, service or community project, or you are thinking about working as a freelancer in the future, what’s to stop you joining us? We can’t wait to meet you and to work with you on turning your startup idea into reality.

Read and download the full course programme here: StartUp Hive Programme 2021

To book your free place on the course, register your details here: If you have any questions about the programme, please email the beepurple team at

Clare Griffiths • 25/05/2021

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