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Careers and placements

The Kickstart Programme

Support, guidance and events to help you develop your entrepreneurial ideas.

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Do you want to make a change in the world? Make an impact? Be in charge of your own future?

Artists, creators, educators, developers, advocators, researchers; anyone has the potential to turn an idea into an enterprise. Whatever stage you're at, The Kickstart Programme is a wide-ranging offer of support to help you develop your entrepreneurial ideas and turn them into viable enterprises. Starting a business, becoming self-employed, freelancing or having a side-hustle: enterprise can come in many forms.

We can help you to:

  • Demystify the language around business start-up
  • Recognise and develop your confidence and skills needed for self-employment
  • Progress your ideas
  • Access funding and support

Visit LaunchPad in Holgate or email for more information.

What's on offer

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Support and opportunities

Find out about 1 to 1 support, mentoring, paid freelance work and start-up workshops.

Outside of LaunchPad in Holgate building


Learn about the Discover Fund and Launch Fund, available through The Kickstart Programme.

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Find out about the York St John Enterprise Centre and browse enterprise resources.