Want to start a business?

It's no mean feat – but it’s more possible than ever before. We can help.

The Startup Accelerator

A 10-week part-time programme to launch the first version of your business alongside likeminded escapees & mentors. Find out more.


Bringing together successful & aspiring entrepreneurs to give you inspiration, advice and connections. Check out what’s coming up.


Platforms, communities, & services to help you launch your business quickly and cheaply. Check them out.

The Startup Accelerator

The Accelerator is your entrepreneurial apprenticeship.

A London based, 10-week programme in which you’ll launch the first version of your business alongside entrepreneurially minded escapees & mentors.

Our next runs from 22nd September – 28th November, and it fits around a full-time job.

**Places are limited & applications close Tues 31st July. Apply now.**

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.

Tues 7th Aug, 11th Sept, 9th Oct, 7-9:30pm
Work.Life Clerkenwell, London

Escape Inspires: Career change stories from those who’ve done it

We know how hard making a career change can feel, so we’re gathering together a panel of speakers who’ve made it happen.Come along to hear from inspirational speakers (who have built careers they love) who will be sharing their experiences of escaping from unfulfilling work to pursue work that matters to them.

Tues 31st July
Work.Life Clerkenwell, London

Startup Accelerator - Info Session

Curious about starting your own business? Our 10-week long Startup Accelerator has been running for over 4 years and has helped hundreds of people launch their ideas into the world. This info session will help you understand if our programme is the right fit for you.

Weds 15th August
Work.Life Bermondsey, London

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.

Articles & Tips

Read inspiring articles and stories that will help kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.

Sam’s Startup Story: NoCode

      Sam Dickie is a Senior Product Manager and Fintech nerd. He also happens to be the Founder of NoCode - a curated directory of tools, resources and hacks for non-techies. And he has a couple of other side projects in the pipeline. Here he shares the...

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Building a product for purpose business

The City > ice cream > boat shoes From working in the City, to ice cream, to boat shoes… not the most conventional career path even by Escape the City’s standards! In October 2014, I took the leap of faith and left my job in the City without another role to go to. I...

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On Imposter Syndrome

As I am about to write these first few words, the alarm bell immediately goes off in my head: “Who am I to write about the Imposter Syndrome…What do I know about silencing the crippling voices of self-doubt in my head?” Does this script sound familiar? It is a...

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Startup Stories

Find out how they launched and how you can too…

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

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

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

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

Ranj escaped B2B marketing and started gift box company, Care Package Co.

David took the leap from working in food & drink to start his own food brand B.P.M Pickles.

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