Virgin StartUp

Virgin StartUp is the Virgin Group's not-for-profit, designed to help the UK's entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses that thrive. 

Founded by Sir Richard Branson in 2013, Virgin StartUp has supported thousands of founders and helped secure over £50m in funding.

Virgin StartUp offers a number of services to support the UK's entrepreneurs with funding, advice, mentoring, training and skills. Our services include:

  • Start Up Loans : Virgin StartUp are the leading delivery partner of the Start Up Loans programme, offering personal loans to founders to fund their start-ups. Founders can borrow between £500 and £25,000 per co-founder and benefit from our leading support services in the Funded Club, including 6 months mentoring, free webinars and exclusive networking events
  • MeetUps : MeetUps are a great way to meet other like-minded founders, hear from inspirational speakers and enjoy a night of networking, discussing all thing startup. We hold our MeetUps up and down the UK.
  • Masterclasses : Our expert-led sessions take you on a deep dive on a certain subject essential to all founders. Including How to Build a Knockout Brand, How to Make your Brand Famous Through PR and Marketing 101.
  • StepUp : StepUp with Virgin StartUp is a two-day pre-accelerator programme of workshops and networking opportunities designed to equip founders with the skills and knowledge to take their business to the next level.
  • CrowdBoost : Our leading crowdfunding accelerator for start-ups looking to the crowd to scale. Delivered in partnership with the leading crowdfunding platforms and crowdfunding experts TribeFirst, CrowdBoost gets you ready to raise. Our 5-week programme provides you with the skills, resources and 1-to-1 training you need to launch a successful equity crowdfunding campaign. CrowdBoost is for companies looking to raise between £150k-£1m.

Applications are now open for Virgin StartUp’s 5-week investor readiness programme, Crowdboost, for start-ups looking to raise investment. To date the programme has had a 80% success rate, with 20 companies from the past cohorts successfully raising over £8.5M through both public (crowdfunding) and private (Angel/VC) funding rounds. The programme provides everything a founder needs in order to be ready to go out and be investor ready. Find out more here:

Find out more about what Virgin StartUp can do for your business today.

Additional Information

Services Provided Accountancy and Financial Advice, Business Advisors and Mentoring, Debt Finance, Incubator / Accelerator, Investor Training, Legal Services, Live Pitch Presentations, Media and Communications
Investment Opportunities Yes
Regions Covered National, Continental Europe
Investment Range Less than £150k, £150k - £250k, £250k - £500k, £500k - £1m
Sectors Considered Advertising and Publishing, Aerospace and Defence, Automobile and Transport, Business Products and Services, Clean Tech and Eco Innovation, Computing and Electronics, Consumer and e-commerce, Consumer Technology, Creative Arts and Entertainment, Digital Media and Content, Fashion and Design, Fin Tech, Financial and Professional Services, Food and Drink, Healthcare, Med Tech and Digital Health, Internet of Things, Life Sciences, Logistics and Distribution, Materials and Manufacturing, Mobile and Telecoms, Renewables and Energy, Retail, Social Impact
Company Initial Fee Depending on service
Company Success Fee Crowdboost= 2.5% of funding secured
Company Advisory Fee N/A

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