We are passionate about helping young entrepreneurs get started in business because they are the future of business!

Resilience, problem solving, money management and leadership skills are just some of the essential skills and capabilities that can be learned and enhanced through starting a business. The Shift Ignite Programme has been built to support young people, aged 16-24 develop valuable life skills by way of starting their own business.  

Our education system is flawed and needs to adapt as data shows that it is unfortunately not suitable for everyone. This can find some young people leaving the education system early and/or completely lost on what to do next with a lack of suitable support to help direct and guide them. Our Ignite Programme is designed for those young people that have fallen through the cracks of the education system to show them that starting a business for themselves is an alternative path for them to take.  

From learning the fundamentals of working for yourself through to building a business plan with a go to market strategy we believe our Ignite Programme will help young people develop the skills required to successfully launch a business of their own, or if this isn’t the long-term path for them then the skills they learn with us will help them develop into better employees for existing businesses, having a much better understanding of the pressures and requirements of those that work in them.  

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How does it work? 

The Ignite Programme is a 6-month programme that will be delivered through a day of intensive support once per month at our training premises local to the activity, followed by zoom ‘check-in’ sessions with the young people throughout, where Shift Momentum can review progress and ensure that participants are on course to achieve the programme goals. 

Our main aim of this programme is to give young Entrepreneurs the tools, direction and network required to launch a business for the first time. 

This series will run over a 6-month period and upon completion the young entrepreneurs will be introduced into our business owner community of over 1000 members to continue their growth surrounded by a community of entrepreneurs all connecting, learning and growing their businesses.  

WHAT THE COURSE LOOKS LIKE

MONTH ONE

The fundamentals of working for yourself

What does it really mean to start your own business? What should the structure be, self-employed, a limited company, a partnership?! During the first month, the cohorts will determine what their business is and create an ‘action plan’ to pull together a realistic draft business proposal.

MONTH TWO

Idea generation and validation.

During month two the participants will carry out market research to build on and  validate  their  initial  business idea using recognised and trusted frameworks. By the end of month 2, participants will have established that their business proposition is viable from a financial, consumer need and competition point of view. 

MONTH THREE

Building a business plan.

Refining the work from months 1 and 2 will lay the foundation for a more rounded business plan whilst beginning to understand financial management including sources of finance, profit/loss, income tax/NI, cashflow and budgeting. During month 3 the cohorts will focus on developing an offering that supports their vision and mission of the business. 

MONTH FOUR

Go to Market.

Month 4 will focus on how to launch a micro-business through the development of a ‘Go to Market’ plan, understanding how to build marketing assets and how to use a sales accelerator solution to embed the business development efforts required.

MONTH FIVE

Operations – Mapping out and building sales.  

In month 5 participants will be shown how to map out key processes that will be required in their business to ensure it is operationally efficient.  During this month the cohorts will set up analytics to measure business performance and work on mindset preparation for when they decide to ‘press go’ on their launch and go direct to market.

MONTH SIX

Expanding your network.  

The final part of the programme will focus on how participants can expand their network with purpose, looking up, down and across to identify who is in that crucial support network as they grow beyond the Ignite Programme.

MONTH ONE

Fundamentals of Working for Yourself

What does it really mean to start your own business? What should the structure be, self-employed, a limited company, a partnership?! During the first month the cohorts will determine what their business is and create an ‘action plan’ to pull together a realistic draft business proposal. 

MONTH TWO

Idea Generation and Validation

During month two the participants will carry out market research to build on and validate their initial business idea using recognised and trusted frameworks. By the end of month 2, participants will have established that their business proposition is viable from a financial, consumer need and competition point of view. 

 

MONTH THREE

Building a Business Plan

Refining the work from months 1 and 2 will lay the foundation for a more rounded business plan whilst beginning to understand finance management including sources of finance, profit/loss, income tax/NI, cashflow and budgeting. During month 3 the cohorts will focus on developing an offering that supports their vision and mission of the business.

MONTH FOUR

Go to Market

Month 4 will focus on how to launch a micro-business through the development of a ‘Go to Market’ plan, understanding how to build marketing assets and how to use a sales accelerator solution to embed the business development efforts required.

MONTH FIVE

Operations – Mapping Out and Building Sales  

In month 5 participants will be shown how to map out key processes that will be required in their business to ensure it is operationally efficient.  During this month the cohorts will set up analytics to measure business performance and work on mindset preparation for when they decide to ‘press go’ on their launch and go direct to market. 

MONTH SIX

Expanding your network  

The final part of the programme will focus on how participants can expand their network with purpose, looking up, down and across to identify who is in that crucial support network as they grow beyond the Ignite Programme.

Our Launch Programme costs £1200 + VAT

How to get involved:  

Considering starting your own business? 

If you are aged between 15-24 and are keen to start a business for yourself but aren’t sure of what that means, where to start or what you need to do then the Ignite Programme will teach you what you need to know and support you through the process.  

Charities already working with young people 

As our Ignite Programme has been specifically developed for young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), we are looking for other organisations and charities already working with 16-24 year olds whereby the Ignite Programme can support the work you are already doing with them and hopefully, together, we can set them up for a brighter future. Most recently we have collaborated with Form The Future and Cambridge City Council to secure funding to take 40 young, disadvantaged people through our Ignite Programme as part of their much wider region of learning programme.  

Sponsor a Cohort 

  • Are you a large organisation that cares about the future of the next generation?  
  • Are you a super successful Entrepreneur wanting to pave the way for the next generation of Entrepreneurs?  
  • Do you own a business that has services that can further fuel the cohort’s growth with your services pro-bono?  


For many, our programme is only accessible through Government funding, however 
YOU can help! You can sponsor one or perhaps a whole group of young people to go through the Ignite Programme and help us support the ones who have fallen through the cracks in the education system and build a better future for all.  

Mentorship 

To ensure we provide as much support as possible to the young people on our programme we are always keen to hear from people that would be interested in providing mentorship to our cohorts.  5-

For me information or to get involved in the Ignite Programme please contact support@shiftmomentum.co.uk  

 

WHO WE WORK WITH

Shift Momentum Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales (No. 11220211) | Momentum Hub, Cross Keys Mews, St. Neots, England, PE19 2AR