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.

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 9th Oct, 7-9:30pm
Work.Life Clerkenwell, 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.

Bella’s Career Change story

Is your career (and your manager) zapping your energy? Then you might be doing it all wrong. Here are six ways to help you create a working life you don’t want to escape from. Is your career (and your manager) zapping your energy? You’re not alone. The results from...

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50 Thoughts for Entrepreneurs-In-The-Making

"Make something people want" - Paul Graham  Solve a problem, scratch your own itch.  Create a brand that stands for something.  Keep it simple, remove details until you are left with the essence of your idea.  Speak to your customers way before you build your...

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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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