Virgin pre-accelerator programme
The founder of Feebuster recently took part in a two-day pre-accelerator programme organised by Virgin, which offers support, advice and skill development opportunities for start-ups looking to scale.
Participation in the ‘StepUp with Virgin StartUp’ programme, which is run on a quarterly basis in London, involved attending a series of workshops focused on acquiring the necessary tools, knowledge and understanding to raise our business to the next level.
There were also opportunities for networking with other start-up founders and workshop leaders, enabling us to continue our conversations on the ideas raised during the course of the programme, and to make useful contacts for growing our businesses. The networking sessions were also attended by mentors from various business fields, who were on hand to offer advice and to join in discussions with participants.
The workshops were led by entrepreneurs who have succeeded in scaling their businesses in recent years, as well as expert speakers from the Virgin Group and beyond, and centred around some of the most important topics for start-up development. Day 1 concentrated on sales: classifying and re-defining your target market in order to scale up, building sales strategies and techniques, as well as negotiation skills. The focus of day 2 was on funding and investment: identifying what investors are looking for, constructing an effective business narrative, and creating a bullet-proof business case to help you acquire the necessary funds.
Overall, the programme was extremely helpful, and our founder came away from the two-day event with an abundance of ideas on the steps needed to scale up our business and take Feebuster to the next level. It was inspiring to attend alongside a number of other founders and entrepreneurs, and with all those useful contacts made, the future of Feebuster is looking very bright indeed!