Launching this summer

Calling all young entrepreneurs!

Have you got a great idea for a business? Or maybe you’re already up and running, but could use a helping hand?

You could WIN up to £5,000

worth of business services and support, including:

A StartUp 101 workshop

delivered in partnership with business incubator Enterprise Orchard

1-2-1 mentoring sessions

with Virtually There’s industry experts

FREE professional services for a year

including a virtual office space, virtual receptionist or virtual personal assistant, for a whole year!

We are no-longer accepting applications for the 2021 Young Entrepreneurs Scheme. However, think you've got an idea or a business that could really take off?

Tell us about it in the form below for help on how to grow your business.

In the meantime, feel free to have a read of these handy Q&A’s we’ve put together just for you.

What do I need to be eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the scheme, you must be aged between 16-25 years, UK-based and have either a) a great idea for a business, or b) an already existing business that’s no more than one year old.

I’m not sure if my business/idea needs virtual office services, how do they help?

Virtually There’s services are beneficial to pretty much any business, particularly if you’re just starting up. Having a virtual office address not only boosts professionalism, but it also protects your privacy, whilst allowing you to keep and direct business in one place.

And then what about if you’re launching a product, or scaling up your service, and all the calls start flying in? Taking orders and answering queries can be exhausting and time-consuming, but our virtual receptionists are on hand to ensure you never miss a call and opportunities for business. Not to mention just how impressed your customers will be when they hear a professional receptionist at the end of the line!

Our virtual personal assistants can take things a step further and even manage inboxes, take orders, receive payments and schedule appointments, giving you space to breathe and perfect your service. Think about it like the grown up way of doing business; more organised, more efficient and more professional. We’re here to take a load off, that’s all!

What does the application involve?

You’ll need to tell us a bit about yourself and your business or idea, including what sector it falls under, what it does/will do and anything you’ve already done to get it going.

For established business owners, we’ll ask you to provide a link to your website, if you have one, as well as any social channels. You’ll also need to let us know whether you’ve received any business support before (but not an issue if so).

For budding business owners, we just want to know as much as possible about your idea, to work out whether it’s something we can definitely help with. The more detail you can provide about how you came up with it or what your ambitions are, the better.

Most importantly, for both parties alike, we want to know what areas of business you most need support with – and therefore where we can help. Are you stuck on putting together a business plan? Maybe you recoil at the words cash-flow? Whether it’s the big pieces of paperwork, or the nitty-gritty everyday bits, it’s important we know how we can help you

What happens next?

Once you’ve submitted your application, you should get an email notification, then you can kick back and relax. If your business or idea has been shortlisted, we’ll be in touch to find out more.

We’ll be continually reviewing applications up until August 12th. After this date, we’ll announce our winners – keep an eye on our website and socials for more details. It’s also worth noting that our expert StartUp 101 workshop will be taking place in the second week of September, so make sure you keep this open just in case!

What will the mentoring sessions entail?

All mentoring sessions will be tailored to meet your specific business needs.

For bright ideas: This might be helping you put together a business plan and strategy, create a compelling pitch deck or connecting you with our expert fundraisers, marketers and financiers. To get things off the ground, we’ll give you your very own virtual office space and any additional services that are necessary.

For bright business people: We’ll take a look at what areas of your business need support and book you in with our expert advisors. We’ll help you work on your strategy for growth and take away the stress of running your business with a care package of VT services tailored specially to you.

I'm having issues completing my application, is there someone I can ask for help?

Oh no! We’re sorry that you’re having difficulty completing our form. Feel free to drop an email to a member of our team and we’ll do our best to help:

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