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.

Next intake: 25th January – 15th April 2020

Applications are now open. Apply now to join us in January.

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Earlybird applications for our January intake close at midnight November 12th. Apply before midnight to save £350.

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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.
What we offer
This is a learning-by-doing programme focused on helping you build and launch your idea in 12 weeks. Think of it as a 21st Century MBA. A 12 week programme built to support you as you grow a sustainable business, develop invaluable professional skills and transition into entrepreneurship. As part of the programme you’ll learn and have access to:
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)
£2,300 GBP (payable upfront or in installments)
Work.Life Clerkenwell
Apply before 12th Nov to save £350 and receive our Earlybird rate of £1,950.

Spring intake

 25 Jan – 15 Apr

Except: 4 March

12 Week Part-time Accelerator

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

  • 25th & 26th January: Saturday & Sunday (Kickoff Weekend)
  • 15th February: Saturday
  • 29th February: Saturday
  • 21st March: Saturday
  • 4th April: Saturday (Demo Day & Celebration)

£2,300 -2,500 GBP (payable upfront or in installments)

Course fee
We don’t work like a traditional Accelerator. We don’t take any equity in your business, instead we charge an upfront fee for the programme, which allows us to invest in building a curriculum that helps you to build a business in a way that makes sense for you, instead of putting you under pressure to grow at an unsustainable rate. Here’s a rough breakdown of where your money goes:

And in exchange, your fee includes:

11 x 3-hour evening workshops: during our course sessions you’ll have face to face time with our experts as they guide you through the fundamentals of starting a business, as well as tailored exercises to accelerate your idea.
Kickoff Bootcamp: during our full weekend (Saturday & Sunday) from 10-6pm, we’ll dive straight into the course and start connecting with each other.
Online resources: the course is supported via access to our online content where all material and resources live.
Free coworking: access to coworking space during off-peak hours and every weekend whilst you’re on the programme.
4 x Saturday workshops (9:30am-5:30pm): our full day sessions allow more in-depth workshops to provide a deeper dive into teaching tools, one-to-one mentoring and time spent getting the work done and taking your idea to the next level.
One-on-one mentoring: you’ll have access to regular check-ins with your Course Leaders and mentors every week throughout the course.
Demo Day: a chance to practice pulling your idea together into a pitch for either support, investment or to find a co-founder.

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.

Apply now to join us in the New Year.

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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.

Businesses we’ve helped launch

We’ve had over 860 people complete our Startup Programmes since we launched the Escape School in 2014. We have hundreds of alumni successfully running businesses on their own terms, across almost every industry from food, to fashion, to technology, to travel and many more. Here’s a few of the businesses we’ve helped launch since we started:

Pippa escaped production at The Science Museum to found Pip & Nut – naturally nutritious nut butters made from just roasted nuts and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Stocked in 2500+ UK stores with £3m annual revenue.

Charlie escaped recruitment to found Moju – a juice brand on a mission to inspire a new generation of healthier, happier people by making accessible, great-tasting juice in the healthiest way possible.

Stocked in Harrods, Waitrose and more.

David and Anthony escaped management consultancy to found Stashbee – A community marketplace where you can book secure storage space in the homes, lofts and garages of trusted Storage Hosts.

Raised £900,000 investment.

Deepak escaped Investment Banking Consultancy to found Oddbox – London’s only Social Enterprise delivering wonky fruit & veg boxes to homes & offices, fighting food waste and helping local growers.

1,000 customers receiving weekly veg deliveries across London.

Adela escaped Management Consultancy to found Style LyricalA stylist service which takes the headache out of clothes shopping and deliver 3 beautiful handpicked outfits, to your door.

10 fashion label partners.

Paola founded Noi Club alongside her corporate marketing career – Noi Club is a community of female achievers who regularly meet to champion each other and move forward together.

21 female empowerment events held in London.

Sanne escaped banking and sales & marketing to Co-Found FRAEMd – an online platform where your taste is matched with affordable and original art.

Featured in Elle, Marie Claire, Bazaar, TNW.

Armin escaped accountancy to found Vitamin Buddy – a vitamin subscription service based on personalised supplement plans with high quality vitamins.

100 monthly subscriptions.

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.

Connections

Structured tools for connecting with each other online and offline

Events

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

Support

Ongoing access to all Escape materials and other information

Stories

Inspiration from successful Escapees and a platform to share your progress

FAQs

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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