Fringe Activity in Ventnor

Fringe Activity in Ventnor

Aug 13, 2018

Last weekend, we did two Artists Brunches – where we ran a micro workshop with a group of visiting artists at the Ventnor fringe looking at how we can make more from what we do, to sustain our business, as well as our practice. It was such a thrill to go an see Stone Crabs […]

Upstarter goes coastal

Upstarter goes coastal

Aug 10, 2018

Starting up isn’t just for urban places. We need a spirit of empathic entrepreneurship, sensitive to the needs of people living in a different places, including coastal towns. These places have their own challenges, and this summer & autumn we get to work in a whole range of them.

International Creative Business upstarting

International Creative Business upstarting

Jun 29, 2018

Upstarter’s Gill Wildman has been working with NESTA and the British Council in delivering their Creative Enterprise Programme in Jordan and Egypt. Creative business in both of these countries are a core part of the economy, and increasingly recognised for it. Many produce craft goods, more and more digital producers are also stepping up. In […]

Making markets work

Making markets work

Jan 3, 2018

We use markets as a way of bringing new micro-businesses into direct contact with potential customers, and even more to be connected with different views than themselves of the founder. Its a practise that comes from our work as designers, in that its a dangerous thing to make things that you think are right for […]

At The Fringe on an Island

At The Fringe on an Island

Aug 24, 2017

Why would you bring a creative business incubator to a Fringe festival like VFringe17 in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight? Because that’s where all of the creatives are gathering and might just appreciate a little extra fire in their business bellies. That’s what we bring. Upstarter’s way is to travel to where they/you are […]

6 Weeks to Pop Up Too @Machines Room, The Hive and Well Street Market

6 Weeks to Pop Up Too @Machines Room, The Hive and Well Street Market

Aug 22, 2017

We ran the second round of 6 weeks to Pop Up in June this year, to see if the format worked better a second time around, and also to check out different ways of marketing the course.   Again, our experience is that its hard to get people in London to commit to it, until […]

Why creative microbusiness?

Why creative microbusiness?

Jul 14, 2017

A different kind of startup In Silicon Valley it seems that the values that drive typical startups and their investors are for the kinds of convenience products that single white guys might want in their busy lives, like a restaurant queue-jumping app. The scope of action in the world is restricted to the preferences of […]

Micro incubator at a macro community event

Micro incubator at a macro community event

Apr 12, 2017

We have connected with the brilliant Jess Steele, of Jericho Road, Hastings Pier and Rock House fame. She’s been developing space in communities for a while now, and her latest work is in the area of Ore, just 5 minutes away from Hastings on the south coast.   Ore has particular constraints, but lots of […]

Our voucher scheme

Our voucher scheme

Mar 8, 2017

When you’re starting out, every little helps. So we set up a voucher scheme so that friends or family can support you and anyone who wants to get some help from us, either in mentoring, or through our workshops. They come in a great range of amounts, starting at £5.00, and can be used for […]

Support for kicking off a new living in uncertain times

Support for kicking off a new living in uncertain times

Mar 6, 2017

We don’t think that there has ever been a better time to think about exploring new ideas, whether its about new ways of doing business, or creating new kinds of social businesses. Yet early funding support is hard to find – either its unavailable or uncertain. At the same time, any investor increasingly wants to […]

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