For Businesses from Idea Stage - 3 Years(ish) Trading. A Programme for Start-ups And Growing Businesses!
Apply for the 10th Business Accelerator Programme, which will be based in the Flour Mill, Dundee!
Limited places. Runs Tuesday 25th September 2018 - January 2019. Hurry, hurry! Applications close Friday 31st August 2018 at 23:59!
Got a question about the Programme? Click here to check out these commonly asked questions.
As A New Business Owner, Do You Struggle with Isolation, Marketing or Pricing?
As a new business owner, do you feel isolated? Unsure of what you should be doing? And feel constantly "busy"? We understand that running your own business is challenging, and you can struggle with questions like:
- "How do I get my name out there?",
- "How do I work out my pricing?"
- "How do I attract customers?"
You're not alone. It's normal to question yourself, doubt your abilities and get annoyed with friends and family who just "don't get it!" (which we covered in one of our blogs, which you can read here).
Let's face it, until people launch and try to grow their own business, it is difficult to really understand what it's like - the long hours, the sacrifices and the many competing opportunities and distractions.
And whilst it's nice to be told by your loved ones that "your idea sounds great" or "you're doing the right thing", it isn't always helpful! Neither is telling you to "get a real job!" - we know we've been there ourselves!
Running Your Own Business Is Exciting And Liberating
Running your own business requires a different mindset to being an employee or a student and it's not for everyone. However, it can also be one of the most exciting and liberating experiences of your life and we're here to ensure that this is how you feel. We are Acorn Enterprise, an organisation dedicated to growing Scotland's startup business community. BOOM!
Launched in June 2013, we have now run nine successful Business Accelerator Programmes, where we work with new business owners ("Acorns") just like you to develop confidence, clarity and business skills.
The Acorn Enterprise Business Accelerator Programme runs twice a year: February - June and September - January. During the Programme, the limited number of selected "Acorns" we work with become emotionally invested in each other's success and form a real team, which we like to call Team Acorn!
An Environment Where There Is No Fear of Failure
Our philosophy is to provide a safe environment where new business owners learn, share and thrive together. There is no fear of failure and no such thing as "a stupid question".
We are business owners ourselves so we can empathise with the challenges you're facing and can help you tackle them head on - Team Acorn will help you take on the world!
Going through the startup business journey together means that you have a peer group who can help you make decisions, find vital business contacts and can cheer you up if you're having a bad day.
Ultimately, we exist to break down the barriers that prevent or limit people from launching and growing new business by giving those we work with: confidence, business skills, and clarity of where they want to be.
So What Exactly Are We Offering You?
We are offering a limited number of selected new business owners (from idea stage to 3 year's trading) a place on the 10th Business Accelerator Programme, which will run from Tuesday 25th September 2018 - end of January 2019, in the Flour Mill, Dundee.
If successful, you will receive:
- Office space to encourage collaboration and networking,
- Weekly seminars to develop and challenge,
- Clarity and focus with accountability
If you have any questions about the Business Accelerator Programme, check out the commonly asked questions page here.