Spark your young persons interest

May 5, 2022

STARTING JULY 2022 - Official date TBC

Register your interest here!

A FREE 6 week business support programme

Do you know a young person with a great start-up idea or an existing business they want to grow? Perhaps they just want to explore the idea of running a business?

They can turn their business idea into action with access to advice, equipment and spaces to make it happen!

Learn from others who have started up, get access to office space and facilities to help generate and test your ideas. There’s also a chance to get funding towards the business!

Do you know a young person who might want to start their own business?

Whether they want to work for themselves, have a business idea or don't know what their next steps are, Kick-start your business is available for anyone from the age of 16.

Kick-start your business is a fully funded programme helping people get into entrepreneurship, turn their idea into a working product and providing them with industry advice.

Who's it for?

Growing businesses who are looking to boost their business or grow and take their business to the next level.

Start-ups who have a business idea that they want to make into a viable business model or perhaps a develop their small existing business.

School/college leavers who want to be self-employed but don’t know where to start. You might want to use your existing skills to start-up, or perhaps you’re just exploring your options and ideas.

Financial Support  

You may be eligible for financial support to help you start or grow your business, get in touch to find out more.

Pitch Event

The final week will be a pitch event where you will get the chance to present your business to a panel. The winner will receive a support package to boost their business idea.

Expenses Covered

We can help towards covering your expenses to attending the programme. Speak to us for more information and to make your claim.


Help, advice and guidance from a team of business owners and skilled professionals with years of collective experience with access to 1:1 support.

Each week we’ll guide you through a different aspect of starting up. From marketing to legal, sales and accounting, the 6-week programme is led by local industry experts who are there to share advice and guidance as well as answer your questions. An opportunity to develop your business idea, understand more about starting up and guidance on how to move your ideas forwards.

Workspace at Node

As a member of Kick-Start your Business, you get full access to Barnstaple’s major coworking hub, Node. An inspiring space to work and connect with other like-minded people and the perfect productive working environment.

Cotie Facilities

Developed in association with Petroc College, you’ll have access to shared-use laboratories housing the very latest 3D printing and design facilities, the Centre is the perfect setting for local entrepreneurs to hone concepts and develop.


An evolving array of flexible computer controlled machines that allow you to invent, make and share. You could print t-shirts, design & produce 3D prints, make beautiful embroidered designs, laser cut dreamcatchers from wood or Perspex or CNC machine an electric guitar.

Register your interest here!