Learn how to launch an idea in 3 months

A 12-week part-time course to give you the knowledge, skills, confidence, and support you need to launch an idea the smart way.



Our next intake runs from the 14th September – 4th December. Register your interest and we’ll be in touch.


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Looking to start your own business?

Perhaps you’re currently working full-time, but know that you were born to be your own boss. Maybe you’ve got a burning idea that won’t go away, or an urge to build something, solve a problem, make a difference.

But where do you start? What about the risks? How do you get connections, money, support?

That’s where the Startup Accelerator comes in.

What’s involved?

The Startup Accelerator is a 3-month, part-time course (designed to fit around a full-time job) through which you’ll not just learn the smart way to build a business and get your idea off the ground – you’ll actually do it. Our methodology is designed around three main components:

The Lean Startup

Demystify the startup process
We’ll teach you the ‘Lean Startup’ method built by prominent startup experts. This involves processes to build, test and adjust your idea quickly. Ensuring you don’t waste time, money and energy in the long run.

The Escape Toolkit & Mindset

Move from thinking to doing
From how to work through what’s stopped you so far, to free website platforms and customer development hacks; our startup experts will equip you with the tools & mindset needed to turn your idea into a business.

Accountability & Community

Accountability = progress
Starting a business alone is hard. But with likeminded peers, strong leaders, experienced mentors and enthusiastic Escapees you’ll have the guidance and support to get going and maintain momentum.
Why is it different?



We do it together.

Most of us have an idea for a business, but so few act on it, and fewer still succeed. That’s why you’ll be a part of a cohort of 35 other people who are going through the same process as you and will support you in the longrun. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.


We have a dedicated team of experts.

We have an all-star team of entrepreneurs who have helped thousands of people through this process. They’ll meet with you one on one as well as running the weekly workshops to make sure you’re on track and have the support you need.



It's about the process, not the idea.

Traditional Accelerators are interested in growing your idea as quickly as possible, we’re not like that. We teach you the processes and models you need to be successful, but this is a learning by doing experience that will give you the tools to get your ideas into the world not just now, but for years to come. Whether it’s this idea or your next one, you’ll have the tools and mindset you need to make it happen.
What we offer
The Startup Accelerator takes you through everything you need to know to launch a business the smart way. This is a learning-by-doing programme focused on helping you build and launch your idea in 12 weeks. As part of the programme you will receive:
Dates & Location

Summer Intake

4th May – 24th July

Except: June 12th

12 Week Part-time Accelerator

Every Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 9.30 pm for 12 weeks, as well as the following weekend days:

  • 4th & 5th May: Saturday & Sunday (Kickoff Weekend)
  • 25th May: Saturday
  • 8th June: Saturday
  • 22nd June: Saturday
  • 20th July: Saturday (Demo Day & Celebration)


£2250 – 2500 GBP
Work.Life Clerkenwell
*Last 3 spaces remaining*

Autumn Intake

14 Sept – 4th Dec

Except: October 23rd

12 Week Part-time Accelerator

Every Wednesday evening from 6.30 – 9.30 pm for 12 weeks, as well as the following weekend days:

  • 14th & 15th September: Saturday & Sunday (Kickoff Weekend)
  • 5th October: Saturday
  • 19th October: Saturday
  • 9th November: Saturday
  • 30th November: Saturday (Demo Day & Celebration)



£1950 – 2500 GBP

Work.Life Clerkenwell

September is our busiest intake, join the waitlist to be find out about application dates and early bird discounts.

Experience the Accelerator

To meet our team and get a feel for what we do, come along to one of our evening workshops.

Accelerate Your Idea: mini-workshop & info session

This evening workshop will help you:

– Understand your blockers, and how to overcome them

– Figure out how to prioritise your next actions so you can move forward

– Meet likeminded people to support your next steps

– Understand more about the course and how it works

Places are limited.

Register your interest to find out more.

Tell me more.Questions? Let's chat.
Our impact in numbers

people have graduated from our Startup Accelerator.

said it was a good investment.

had launched the first version of their business by the end of the programme.

Our alumni

From food, to fashion, to technology, to travel and many more, we have hundreds of alumni successfully running businesses on their own terms. Here are a few of the businesses we’ve helped launch since we started:

What they say…

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.

Who is this for?

This is for you if you…

Have an idea for a new product or service. (Any idea counts, it doesn’t need to be perfect – in fact, it’ll probably change).
Aren’t sure how to test your idea.
Are looking for structure and guidance to make it happen.
Need help finding your first customers.
Want to get creative and have a lot of fun.
Aren’t sure where you should be spending money to launch your idea, and want to avoid common mistakes.
Feel like tech might be blocking you.
Want to build confidence.
Are eager to connect with experts.
Want to be part of a friendly, startup-minded community.
The Escape Club
Your journey isn’t over after 12 weeks… After completing the course, you’ll graduate into The Escape Club, a private network for Alumni of our London and New York courses. Full of brave Escapees, ambitious career changers, and aspiring entrepreneurs, this community will support you as you continue your journey.


Structured tools for connecting with each other online and offline


Optional monthly Escape gatherings, as well as bigger retreats and festivals


Ongoing access to all Escape materials and other information


Inspiration from successful Escapees and a platform to share your progress


Click below to find all our Startup Accelerator frequently asked questions, including:

  • What is the likely demographic?
  • Do I need a startup idea?
  • What if I can’t make all the dates?
  • Is it just for corporate professionals?
  • Is this all about building tech startups?
  • How does the application process work?
  • Can I apply with a friend or business partner?
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