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Starting a business can be quite frightening. The failure rate is extremely high for new ventures. For the creative types, business terms and concepts seem like a foreign language.
New business owners often feel like every hurdle and setback they endure is yet another sign that they shouldn’t be running a business at all. The truth is that running a good business means facing new challenges every day…
Creativity and business don’t mix, right? Wrong. There’s absolutely no reason why creatives can’t become a financial and commercial success – and the School for Creative Startups is one way of turnng your brilliant idea into a business that makes you money.
This month I’m excited to announce the launch of our new book, entitled How to Start a Creative Business: The jargon-free guide for creative entrepreneurs,by Doug Richard.
Thanks for stopping by, Holly, start by telling us a bit about what you do.
I am an illustrator and designer, I create handcrafted illustrations, incorporating paper cuts and hand drawn elements to produce simple, quirky and iconic wall art, greeting cards and homeware.
Co-founder of notonthehighstreet.com, Holly Tucker, was searching for a mentor who shared her vision for the company. In NOTHS board member Mark Esiri, she found support and encouragement, as well as invaluable advice from someone with a very different, but complementary, set of skills to her own.
Medeia Cohan of School for Creative Startups reveals how a creative mentor can fast-track your business to success
Medeia Cohan is Programme Director at School for Creative Startups, “I
“Twenty years later, not too much has changed. I don’t need kissing advice anymore but my relationship with my sister is still very important to me. The big difference now is that I also seek advice from people outside my immediate family; I now look to a mentor for professional guidance…
School for Creative Startups is a unique social enterprise established by serial entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den investor Doug Richard in 2011.
The London School for Creative Start-ups teaches aspiring entrepreneurs in the creative sector all they need to know by giving them just core facts. The yearlong program – named “MBA for creatives” by the British Vogue – offers a series of tailor-made, very hands-on workshops free from acronyms and theory on how to successfully start and run a business.
Medeia Cohan is the creative director for the school of creative startups, an offshoot of Doug Richard’s original School for Startups; borne with the mindset that entrepreneurship can be taught or at least nurtured.
Anyone who has been through a divorce knows that more often than not it is a pretty stressful process. One person who knows just that is Sally Beerworth.
Doug Richard is most commonly known for his straightforward, no nonsense approach to business, which was showcased in all of it’s glory in the first two seasons of Dragons Den.
Last week Mr. Thompson and about 90 other fledgling entrepreneurs went through three days of “boot camp” at the School for Creative Startups, a social enterprise whose yearlong program is designed to teach artists, designers and artisans how to set up and run successful businesses in order to make a living from their craft.
We love to feature great start-ups and sharer with you insights on how they did it, to inspire you to maybe take action, too. So it’s no wonder that we had to learn more about the School for Creative Start-ups in London, a social enterprise dedicated to demystifying the seemingly complex business systems for creative people.
Doug Richard of School for Startups and Dragons Den fame guest writes for Startacus with some handy tips for designers to beat the recession
Whether it’s Barney from How I Met Your Mother shooting fireballs to get a girls number, or ‘Dynamo’ pulling a Jesus and walking across the Thames, magic is back!
Are you full of good ideas but devoid of business sense? Ideas are free but making money from them can be a huge struggle for Britain’s artists, designers and masters of crafts. Businesses spend millions on consultants and motivational speakers to make their suits more creative and, to use that dreadful phrase, think outside the box. But if you’re the one making the suits or the boxes, and spreadsheets make your brain ache, who’s going to show you how to turn creativity into cash?
London’s entrepreneurs picked up vital tips on thriving in a downturn from three experienced speakers at last night’s Business Connections event.
I run the The School for Creative Startups (S4CS), which is a yearlong programme designed to teach creative people of any age or experience level how to make a living from their craft. The company was founded by Doug Richard (of Dragons Den fame) who is a well-respected angel investor and a seasoned entrepreneur. We’ve built the programme on the idea that it’s much easier (and a lot more fun) to teach creative people business skills than it is to teach business people to be creative.
Our curriculum is jargon free and very visual and interactive.
Two leading entrepreneurs share their tips
Doug Richard, the Government adviser and former Dragons’ Den star, is preparing an angel investment network that will back “neglected” creative sector start-ups that he says have been largely ignored by investors.
Doug Richard, who is launching a training and mentoring scheme for London’s creative sector start-ups, says Silicon Roundabout “misses the point” – and that lending can be boosted for “small businesses until you’re blue in the face” without creating jobs.
IT is no fluke that Britain’s young, creative businesses are concentrated in London. Two out of three international advertising agencies have their European headquarters in the capital. It is the home of one of the largest film centres in the world, some of the largest and most important fashion schools, design schools, stage schools and post-production centres, not to mention the growing number of web design and digital specialists that are spreading over the capital.
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Anya Hindmarch and Net-a-Porter’s Natalie Massenet will run “MBA [courses] for creatives” as part of a new British furthered-education venture, the School for Creative Startups.
From business basics to begging, borrowing and stealing, programme director Medeia Cohan-Petrolino introduces S4CS
The School for Creative Startups (S4CS) is a year long programme designed to teach creative people of any age or experience level how to make a living from their craft. We’ve built the programme on the idea that it’s much easier (and a lot more fun) to teach creative people business skills than it is to teach business people to be creative.
Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk is today leading the call for more organisations to sign up to the Mentorsme portal and join the national mentoring network.
The London-based School for Creative Startups has received a pledge of support from some of the UK’s most influential business owners, including Anya Hindmarch, NET-A-PORTER.COM founder Natalie Massenet and Time Out Chairman, Tony Elliott.
Then the School for Creative Startups piped up about a partnership with fash entrepreneurs Anya Hindmarch and Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet – a year long mentoring course that promises to provide creatives with the ultimate survival kit of business skills (yes please!).
ANYA HINDMARCH and NET-A-PORTER.COM founder Natalie Massenet are pledging their support for rising entrepreneurs by partnering with the School for Creative Startups – a new project founded by Dragon’s Den investor Doug Richard
WITH Britain said to be back in recession after four years of economic turmoil, it’s time we had a creative rethink.
According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Hindmarch is helping support other entrepreneurs by partnering in the School for Creative Startups, founded by Dragon’s Den investor Doug Richard, which “will run workshops and year-long courses across fashion, design, performing arts and digital industries.”
Find out what our graduating students of 2012 thought of their year on the School for Creative Startups Programme
‘Margaret Thatcher is my my inspiration’: Designer Anya Hindmarch reveals admiration for Iron lady as she is crowned businesswoman of the year
This year, alongside Net-a-Porter founder, Natalie Massenet, Hindmarch is also pledging her support for embryo entrepreneurs by partnering the School for Creative Start-ups founded by Dragon’s Den investor Doug Richard.
Doug Richard’s School for Creative Startups announces a new partnership with a network of the UK’s
leading creative entrepreneurs.