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.
The next programme will run from 4th May – 24th July.
Ready to get your idea into the world?
Places on our Summer intake are limited, apply now to avoid disappointment.
What will I leave with?
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. By the end of The Startup Accelerator, you will have…
A first version of your product or service
You’ll know how to take an idea and break it down to create a sensible version 1.0.
A personal transition roadmap
You’ll know how to create a transition plan to de-risk your personal finances.
Your first sale
You’ll know all the ways in which you can build early revenue.
A future business plan
You’ll know what numbers are important to your idea / business.
Online Business Identity: Website, Logo, Explainer Video, Social Media Channels, Content Plan
That you have built yourself, with no code and no need to hire a developer.
Your target customer profile
You’ll know who your users are and have spoken to your customers to validate your idea.
A honed pitch
With feedback from mentors and experienced startups facilitators for either investment, support or for future co-founders.
Tested marketing channels
You’ll have experimented with social media channels and know which is the most effective for connecting with your customers.
A 3-month prioritised action plan
You’ll know what to focus on and how to keep on track.
An alumni community of likeminded entrepreneurs
Friends, future business partners and a network of connections to help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
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.
Businesses we’ve helped launch
We’ve had over 700 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.
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 Lyrical – A 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.