The Startup Workshop is the 3 day course for anyone planning to start a digital business!
Solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and SMEs – turn your ideas into gold! The Startup Workshop is the jump-start event for people who want to make their idea into a real digital business.
Tired of your job, or dreaming of independence? This workshop will help you start a business on the side, or go all out into your own digital startup. You’ll spend three days being guided by a seasoned digital entrepreneur. You’ll gain a thorough overview of what it takes to start a side gig or a company. And you’ll learn the right steps, avoid common mistakes, and gain amazing insights into how to organize, run, market, finance, monetize and growth hack your new business. You’ll never again get an opportunity quite like this!
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What you will learn
The workshop is growth-focused, practical, and empowering. It lays out and demystifies the most effective path to startup success. It explains step-by-step how to get from concept to launch. It helps you decide what legal form your business should take, and how to establish the company. It shows you how to avoid the common pitfalls of team selection and investor relationships, and explains the different ways of funding your business. It reveals powerful ways of exploiting free or low-cost tools and platforms for growth hacking, marketing and sales. And it provides you, step by step, the methodologies and ground rules for success in rapidly monetizing your business.
You’ll leave equipped with a set of tools, hacks, strategies and tactics, inspiring examples, and guidelines for defining, creating and growth hacking your new business.
What’s in the workshop?
You’ll work through the 10 steps to making your startup a success:
- Ideas: Creating business ideas // Turning ideas into commercial concepts
- Reality check: Checking uniqueness, viability, sustainability and scalability
- Business strategy and plan: Making strategic decisions // Crafting a business plan
- Define product or service: Specifying end-game and Minimum Viable Product
- Define user experience: UX design 101 // UI, UX and CX // Differentiation
- Build your team: Partners & shareholder agreements // Vendors // Alliances // Outsourcing
- Create a company: Company types, pros, cons, taxes // Creating a local or offshore company // Getting paid – bank accounts and credit cards
- Project Management: Managing partners, contractors – and yourself
- Launch & growth hack: Gaining traction on low budgets // Digital marketing and sales growth hacks // Marketing and sales automation
- Financing: Cash flow forecasting, business valuation // Bootstrapping, loans, crowdfunding, accelerators, angels, venture capitalists // Routes to funding // Exit strategies
A startup is a personal passion. So along the way you’ll clarify and incorporate your own motivations and constraints. This intensive three-day workshop gets you instantly active. Designed for people with only a basic knowledge of digital, the Startup Workshop will show you the way and jump-start your exploitation of all the available tools and techniques – without you having to be technical or have an MBA!
Why start your own business?
In this increasingly uncertain world, the only real income security you have is in knowing how to make it on your own. You may dream of doing a WhatsApp and being acquired by Facebook for $19 billion, or of simply running a one-person lifestyle business, or perhaps a side hustle making some useful offshore income. You can follow your dream. You don’t have to be a programmer or have global ambitions.
Digital businesses are not all about selling mobile apps. They are about using digital channels to find customers and grow sales – whether you are selling insurance, stuffed toys, haircuts, photography courses, graphic design, financial consulting, garden services, wedding cakes, or, yes, even apps. If your idea is truly disruptive, you may well be about to change an entire industry.
Every startup begins with an idea. Most ideas never get going, because the person with the idea does not know where to begin. Many of those who begin don’t make it, because building and growing a digital business requires a different set of skills and processes. If you understand how to proceed, you will have the confidence to put thought into action.
Throughout the workshop you are applying the concepts and using the tools. So by the time you finish you’ll be totally comfortable with moving ahead. You will be inspired and motivated to succeed, and you will be well on your way to launching your startup!
Who should attend?
- Solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and startup teams
- People looking to develop a side gig or build a startup
- People wanting independence
The workshop is designed for non-technical people, who do not need to have any prior experience in business. It will get you grounded, inspired, and productive. And, because it’s a workshop, you’ll be working on your own business idea!
Godfrey Parkin is a veteran digital entrepreneur with an international background in consumer behavior, marketing and business development. As CEO of Britefire, Godfrey helps companies develop strategies to thrive in disruptive marketplaces.
He’s founded global digital start-ups in Zurich, London, Washington DC and Cape Town, and has worked with clients in more than 40 countries. He ran the world-wide management services division of AC Nielsen, and created pioneering businesses in computer games, 3D avatar and virtual world technologies, e-learning, digital marketing and sales growth hacking.
He’s currently a co-founder of a start-up teaching high-school math in India via a social gamified mobile app, and another providing personal safety management in Europe.
Godfrey is author of the best-selling books “Doing Business Digitally” and “Digital Marketing: Strategies for Online Success”. He hosts the “Growth Hackers” TV talk show, broadcast throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He leads the “Own the Future” business strategy workshop in mastering disruption. He’s on the faculty of USB-ED, and is a regular speaker at conferences on marketing, business strategy and future tech.