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Top 27 Helpful Links for Young Entrepreneurs

Below are some websites that provide help, advice and funding to budding entrepreneurs 

ODN (Opening Doors Network)

The ODN programme is aimed at young adults – irrespective of the chances they have had in life – with some scope for flexibility to join the programme depending on your circumstances. If you are currently not in employment, education or training you will have access as a priority. The programme is open to 18-30 year olds and is being delivered in the London Boroughs of Haringey, Croydon and Brent.

UnLtd 

Leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. They resource hundreds of individuals each year through their core Awards programme. UnLtd invest directly into individuals offering awards of funding, ongoing advice, networking and practical support.

Wayra UnLtd

Wayra UnLtd is the first Wayra Academy focused on start-ups that make a positive social impact. More specifically looking for start-ups that are registered (or are happy to register their start-up) as a UK Business.They are typically looking for start-ups that are less than 2 years old and have received no more than £200k worth of state aid funding either from the UK Government or from the European Union.

O2 Think Big

Provide training and funding for young people with great ideas and help them get going to make their ideas work.

BuzzBnk

A crowdfunding website which enables social entrepreneurs and social ventures to raise funds and build a crowd of supporters.

vInspired Cashpoint

For 14-25 year olds who have an idea that will solve a problem in their community, offering grants of up to £500 to turn their ideas into reality, and get their projects off the ground. Once the funding's signed off young people are given the autonomy to run your project their way to.

Catch22 Plan.Do The Social Action App

Plan.Do is the first ever social action app that helps young people to make a difference in their community and gain employability skills.

Prince’s Trust

Provide practical and financial support to young people, helping them to develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling them to move into work, education or training. The Enterprise programme provides money and support to help young people start up in business.

Rockstar Youth

Rockstar Youth is a part of the Rockstar Group the UK’s largest entrepreneurial mentoring organisation. Rockstar Youth have produced a market leading programme for young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 yrs to support them through principle ideation to enterprise creation and furthermore accelerated growth and investment. Through the process young entrepreneurs get to build experience, confidence, a winning network and a sustainable business.

School for StartUps: Launcher

Launcher is a unique new business startup finance programme for entrepreneurs. They offer new business owners aged 18 and over access to world-class teaching, a supportive community and regular mentoring. School For Startups’ Launcher programme combines government-backed startup business finance from the Start-Up Loans Company, with a School For Startups one-day bootcamp, online community and mentoring at no cost.You must be a British citizen or legal resident of the UK, aged 18 and over and meet their additional eligibility critieria, to apply with your business plan.

GLE

Offer Start-Up Loans of over £500, in increments of £500. You'll receive free support to prepare your application and mentoring support once you start trading. You must be aged 18 and over, want to start a business in the UK, live and have a permanent address in the UK or legally entitled to live and work in the UK to apply for this loan. GLE would also like to know if this is this the only loan you’re currently applying for with a Start Up Loan provider.

Get Started / SFEDI

Provide access to finance, mentor support and learning to make sure you have the best chance to get started and grow your business.

Elevation Networks

Offers entrepreneurs living in the UK the chance to finance their business and get it up and running. To apply you need to be over the age of 18 and your business needs to be less than a year old.

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation will consider you for a loan and business support if you can demonstrate that you have made a genuine application for funds to your bank or a mainstream lender – and that you have been turned down. Your business can be at any stage: you may require money to start-up; capital to expand your business; or funds to bridge a gap. Whether you are a sole trader, in a partnership or have a limited company you may be eligible for a loan. Start-Ups are offered up to £10,000 and established businesses (with a financial track record of at least 3 years) up to £20,000.

Smarta Enterprise    

Smarta Start Up Loans offer anyone who has been trading for less than 12 months the chance to access up to £10,000, mentoring and expansive support to turn a business idea into a success. You will receive a mentor who has years of experience in your industry and will be on hand to answer any questions you have. They’ll take a close look at your business and help you uncover the hidden potential you may never have seen. If you are a British citizen or legal resident of the UK and aged 18 and over, this funding is open to you.

Transmit Start Ups (Specialise in Creative Start-Up Loans)

Based in the North East England, their Start-Up Loans Programme aims to provide mentoring and financial support to entrepreneurs that would not normally be available via traditional banking relationships. Transmit Start-Up Loans are available to new business founders aged 18 or over in England and Scotland.

Virgin Startup

Virgin StartUp Loan offer funding and support to grow your business. You will receive Virgin mentoring, PR opportunities through the Virgin brand, access to exclusive networking events and a business advisor who will take you through the process of getting investment.

AIM

AIM can approve personal loans ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000 for business purposes, which can be paid back in 1-5 years. The average loan amount is £5,700 and is decided individually depending on a company’s business needs. The interest rate is fixed at 6%. Access to ‘business survival guides’ and training materials, training days and workshops, networking events with other new entrepreneurs, and access to a personal mentor who can offer advice about running a business.

Gradfactor Enterprises

Free-to-attend day events hosted at partnering universities across the country. These events will be fun & friendly, one-day start-up classes for students who want to start their own businesses. Students will join small business expert and author Ian Barratt, along with Enterprise champions and successful entrepreneurs from around the country, to learn how to turn ideas into a business, in just one day. At each event the Grad Factor Enterprises team will look to help and approve a number of students for a Government backed start-up loan (the average sum currently £5,700). Each enterprising student will have an experienced business mentor assigned to them to enhance their knowledge and ability to help design, build and run a strong and sustainable start-up.

Start Up Direct

Start Up Direct provides funding, mentoring and support to businesses based in England. All loan recipients will haveaccess to 12 months worth of mentoring,workshops and networking events,a business helpline, one-to-one business coaching and discounts from their global partners.

East London Small Business Centre

Deliver impartial and practical business support services including; business planning workshops, training courses, one to one business advice (mentoring) and loans. Provide start up loans for new businesses and growth loans for existing small businesses based in London.

Fashion Angel

Mentoring, networking and business funding for fashion industry entrepreneurs. You must be a UK/EU citizen and live in England. All age groups are eligible. If you have a business idea or started a business within the last 12 months you can apply for a business mentor, discounts and benefits from business suppliers and loans up to £7.5K

HBV Enterprise

HBV is a local provider of the government ‘Start Up Loans’. If you are based in Hackney, Islington, City of London or Tower Hamlets then you can apply for a loan up to £10,000 to get you started, or grow during your first year of trading. There are no longer age restrictions (under 31) on this loan.

Bright Ideas Trust 

Bright Idesa's Trust is a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders with a passion for helping young people with great business ideas to achieve their ambition. We provide funding and mentoring to help young people aged 16 – 30 start to start their own businesses, learn practical business skills, create a job for themselves – and others.

SocialEnterprise.org

This website is a great place to discover more about what it means to be a social enterprise and what exactly the criteria is.

Entrepreneurs Tool Kit

The Entrepreneurs Toolkit was created to provide socially responsible businesses with dynamic peer to peer information source for all things social enterprise 

Virgin Media Pioneers

This website aims to support the entrepreneurial talent of the UK's smallest businesses by creating a space that proves everything a small business owner should need to help from grow.

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