In partnership with Innovate UK, Birmingham Enterprise Community is providing free training and mentorship to youth professionals facing disruptions due to Covid-19. 

The Skills for Tomorrow programme will create strong entrepreneurs through the provision of 6 workshops and 2 group mentoring sessions with the Birmingham Enterprise Community team.

Additionally, participants will be provided with access to a range of resources to help them unlock new opportunities for leadership and change.

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BEC Startup Sprint

Skills for Tomorrow focuses on 4 components:

Strategy Development and Creative Ideation
Product/Service Development
Leadership and Change Management
Building a Business & BizDev

Application Info & Criteria

Application: Accepted on a rolling basis
Duration: 3-4 weeks
Fee: None

To apply to Skills for Tomorrow you must be:

  • 18-30 years old
  • Residing in the UK
  • A current student/ graduate/ professional facing career disruptions as a consequence of the pandemic
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I did Skills for Tomorrow programme at the start of lockdown when due to theatre closures, I lost 90% of my business. Thankfully, that has been recovered in part due to the mindset change the programme helped me with. cc funders Innovate UK”

Hannah Elsy
Hannah Elsy
CEO & Founder of Hannah Elsy Production

“I cannot overstress how important entrepreneurship is to the future of this region and if you are thinking of setting a business up this is simply the only place to do it!”

Andy Street
Andy Street
Mayor of West Midland

Honoured to have been selected for the female founder scholarship on the BEC Startup Sprint! […] The mentoring sessions were so insightful and have helped us tackle the important questions we have as a startup during this unprecedented time.

Dina Bahrami
Dina Bahrami
Founder of Nutri Beauties

When applying, I questioned how relevant it would be for me as an artist […] but it turns out is super relevant and so, so valuable. It’s really enabled me to shift my perspective to seeing my art as a business and I now have a clear path of how I’m going to make those steps in getting there.

Imogen Morris
Imogen Morris
Imogen Embroidery Art

BEC has been like no other, the support, advice, and hospitality exceeded our expectiations. The accessibility of so may resoources right at your fingertips with the way BEC operates creates a truly unique experience. BEC helps you delve deep into your business & take action so that you can get the results you want.”

Danielle Roberts
Danielle Roberts
Founder of Unlimited You

FORWARD will provide an Innovative platform to foster innovation, collaboration and increased opportunities for early-stage ventures that with to take their business to the next level”

Holly Knower
Holly Knower
CEO NACUE

Birmingham Enterprise Community’s FORWARD accelerator programme is exactly what our region needs. Birmingham is the major youngest city ion Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population, so this is fantastic initiative to help fresh, young minds to succeed in business and entrepreneurship.”

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
Tech Nation