Sep 5, 2011

School for Creative Start-Ups join Etsy at The Thames Festival:

On the 10 &; 11 September, EtsyUK will be joining forces with School for Creative Start-Ups to bring you the Create Cafe at the Thames Festival, London’s largest outdoor free arts festival. 
Situated by City Hall on the Saturday and Tate Modern on the Sunday, Create Café will provide a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the festival.  

Drop by for a cup of tea or a delicious cake by The Tea’s Knees and sign up to ‘dragon den’ style mentoring sessions with School for Creative Start-Ups or learn more about selling online with Etsy. is the worlds’ handmade marketplace. Shop directly from almost 800,000 sellers in 150 countries, offering over 10,000,000 unique, handmade and vintage products. By supporting   micro-producers directly you are helping to change the way the global economy works. At Etsy, we envision a world in which very-very small businesses have much more sway in shaping the economy, local living  economies are thriving  everywhere, and people value authorship and   provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun. For more information on Etsy events, workshops and meet-ups in the UK, join the EtsyUK mailing list: 

School for Creative Startups is an innovative one-year programme for creative people, with unique ideas, wishing to start a successful new business. The inspiration of serial entrepreneur and angel investor Doug Richard, 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.

We provide accelerated business training that helps entrepreneurs launch more successful startups and run more successful businesses.  Our face to face and online instruction covers topics like how to start a business, how to find investors, how to design great products and services, how to implement fast, cost-effective marketing strategies, how to build effective management teams and how to scale a business safely.  Our business networking events connect small businesses to create supportive, self-sustaining communities.

School for Creative Startups’ overarching mission is to create a vibrant, dynamic culture and economy in the UK that supports and promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism. Our 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.

School for Creative Startups kick starts the one year programme with a 3 ½ day bootcamp in London on the 19th of September in London. This bootcamp is then succeeded by:

  • Mentoring calls – web based calls for all delegates with the opportunity to ask questions and get them answered there and then
  • Half day workshops with visiting industry experts
  • Broadcast lessons (on-line) – ‘how to’ lessons based on requirements and needs discovered by working with all delegates
  • On-going monthly small group sessions for your sector

And includes:

  • ·      Mentor matching service
  • ·      Membership at The Hub Westminster collaborative space
  • ·      Membership to a state of art business planning service

This is all tied up by a 2 day bootcamp at the end of the programme on the 11th of July 2012. Doug Richard, Founder of School for Startups, and a team of carefully chosen professionals with a background working in the creative industries, along with business and social media experts, will deliver this course.  Thanks to our sponsors, the cost for this one-year program is just £500.  A monthly payment scheme is available to make this cost affordable to all applicants.

For more information or to apply to the programme, please visit:

TheTea's Knees  - A distinctly British tea house that wears its heart on its sleeve. We celebrate the best in traditional and British home grown produce with a particular passion for the home brew and all its culinary accompaniments . Currently operating as a market stall we offer Classic Tea grown by the UK's only producer, Tregothnan, and a vast selection of traditional cakes and cupcakes in your favourite past time flavours, not to mention the classic cream tea. All hand made with love, care and creativity using  the best quality ingredients Britain has to offer.

Honing in on the UK’s insatiable thirst for tea we aim to expand into a contemporary London tea room to satisfy the growing need for a more sophisticated cup of tea with all the added trimmings of a British menu. With an equal passion for creative learning and engagement we aspire to offer a range of accessible art workshops and activities to accompany your cuppa.  Working with emerging artists and creative practitioners we hope to offer them a key central space to teach whilst providing our customers with a unique and creative environment to engage, socialise and relax.

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