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The Startup Accelerator

A 12-week part-time programme to launch the first version of your business alongside likeminded escapees & mentors. Find out more.

Not sure where to start?

In helping hundreds of people start businesses that matter to them, we’ve noticed a few common obstacles that stop people from starting.

To help you combat them, we’ve created a free email course covering the top 5 steps to overcome the biggest obstacles many aspiring entrepreneurs face:

Startup lessons: an email course to get your business out of your head and into the world

Startup Stories & Advice

Find out how they launched and how you can too…

Joppe escaped a career in fintech sales to author a children’s book, and launch his business, Generation AMZ.

Lisa escaped her freelance life to launch a sustainability network, And the Future, and joined an impact startup.

Dann escaped equity derivatives to start investment platform, Fountain Money.

Camilla escaped advertising to start a gorgeous handmade rugs brand, Lilla Rugs.

Dicky escaped commercial property sales to start messaging company, Morse Toad.

Sophie escaped 10 years in one organisation to start Mindset Shift Summit.

Startup Tools

From easy to use website builders to graphic design programmes and marketing planners. These easy to use ‘tools’ will help you start a business cheaply and quickly.

The Startup Accelerator

The Startup Accelerator is your entrepreneurial apprenticeship.

A London based, 12-week programme in which you’ll launch the first version of your business alongside entrepreneurially minded escapees & mentors.

Our next runs from 25th January – 11th April, and it fits around a full-time job.

Applications have closed, but there are still a handful of remaining places. Join the waitlist and we’ll be in touch.  

Real momentum and expert advice!
An incredible course which creates real momentum over 10 weeks. So many tips and tricks to get us up and running quickly and expert advice from tutors to help prepare us for the road ahead. On top of that, a group of 40 great people that provide lots of moral support to each other each week and even beyond the end of the course.

If you’re on the fence, just do it!

The Startup Accelerator course at Escape the City was the best investment I ever made! I learnt a toolkit for a successful and entrepreneurial future and gained a huge network of awesome, creative and likeminded people. I can’t recommend it enough!

One of the first and probably best …
“Esc” is made up of great people running it and a great community, some of whom are still good friends 2 years on. It still is one of my first ports of call whenever I have a business related challenge and the support and encouragement I received and continue to receive is one of the reasons where Oddbox is where it is.

Online Course

Our Online Startup Course follows 10 crucial steps to help you start a business and avoid the common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. Work through the curriculum in your own time, from anywhere in the world. Fee: £50 (enter the coupon code STARTUP for 25% off).

Events & Workshops

We regularly run events and workshops to on all aspects of starting a business. We invite some of the most talented entrepreneurs to share their stories.

How to Start a Business on the Side

A 2.5-hour workshop introducing the tools and tricks to launch your idea without quitting your job. You will leave inspired to start making serious steps with your business, the beginnings of a plan, a toolkit to help, and connections with entrepreneurially minded escapees.

Thurs 27th February, 7- 10pm
Work.Life Bermondsey, London

Accelerate Your Idea: Mini Workshop & Info Session

Are you ready to do something different with your career?  2.5-hour workshop introducing the tools and tricks to launch your idea without quitting your job. This taster session will help you understand if our 12-week Accelerator programme is the right fit for you, give you a chance to chat with our team, provide an overview of the programme curriculum, and connect you with other thinking about the course.

Thurs 18th June, 7-9.30pm
Free Tickets
Work.Life Soho, London

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