Grad2Director - Bringing your business ideas to life
The Grad2Director programme has a simple ambition - to help York St John University graduates to transform their fantastic business ideas into flourishing business opportunities.
This innovative project provides Class of 2018 graduates with all the support they need on their journey towards launching private limited companies and becoming directors of their own companies.
Hear from the people running the programme
What is the Grad2Director Programme?
The Grad2Director programme has been developed in partnership between York St John University, and Dr John Park, an international expert in product and service innovation.
John brings nearly 30 years of experience developing new products and services in two of the world’s largest corporations, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo International. He has also run university wide business start-up programmes at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and the EU Funded Enterprising Worcestershire Summer Startup Bootcamps at the University of Worcester.
John’s passion is to help people develop new products and services either within existing companies or to create their own successful ventures.
One programme, three ways to get involved.
A comprehensive online course, accessible to anyone, anywhere. With more than 150 video podcasts and programme materials to help you develop innovative ideas for new products and services.
Workshops & support clinics, giving you the opportunity to work with John in person to develop your business ideas and transform them into viable start up opportunities.
Investment opportunities, cash awards avaliable for the best business ideas, as well as incorporation costs fully funded by the University for up to 10 companies.
Alice Dixon - AD Creative Limited
Grad2Director helped give Alice the belief, knowledge and reassurance needed to take her business idea to the next level
James Thorn - JW Thorn Limited
Grad2Director helped James develop a solution to a prominent communication issue in the private accommodation sector
Rhian Barton - RBarton Limited
Grad2Director gave Rhian the support and resources needed to grow her business idea into a fully incorporated company