Princes Trust Business Tools – If you’re aged 18-30, living in the UK, and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, then they can help with the rest.
You’ll also get to meet other like-minded people and be able to tap into the expertise of an experienced business mentor who will be on hand to provide you with advice every step of the way – for up to two years.
This really could be you!
Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
Crowdfunding – Helps you turn your great ideas into reality. It is a way to raise money, awareness and support for a project, from the people around you. It’s means of funding that allows you to make your ideas a reality with the power of the crowd.
Crowdfunding enables people with great ideas to raise the money they need, in return for ‘rewards’. The public can back your idea with pledges of money and project owners can ‘thank’ their backers with rewards that reflect the money contributed.
Funding Circle – Funding Circle is the world’s leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses — more than £1bn ($1.5bn) has been lent to 12,000 businesses in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Today, businesses can borrow directly from a wide range of investors, including more than 40,000 people, the UK Government, local councils, a university and a number of financial organisations.
Virgin Start-up – “For many years I have campaigned for more focus on small business and start ups as the way to get growth in the economy and to create more jobs. This needs to be backed by more bank lending and start up loans for entrepreneurs…” Sir Richard Branson