School for Creative Startups Kent is an adult education skills and support course for creative entrepreneurs who need that extra boost to get their business idea off the ground. Normally costing £3,500 per student, Kent County Council has fully funded 100 places on this Folkestone-based programme for Kent County residents, local business owners or those intending to start a business based in Kent. The move is part of an overarching plan to support Kent’s vibrant cultural scene as well as encourage economic growth in the county, which already boasts 4,000 employees at 1,190 creative businesses.

If you seek to start a business in any of the following categories you could benefit from this programme:

  • Broadcast Media
  • Communications
  • Craft
  • Culinary Arts
  • Design
  • Digital
  • Fashion
  • Fine Art
  • Music
  • Performing Arts

Launched by serial entrepreneur Doug Richard in 2010, the London-based School for Creative Startups has seen hundreds of mums and dads, life changers, makers and young dreamers graduate to launch successful businesses. In 2013, S4CS extended its programme to Kent, and will run again in 2014, helping all Kent-based entrepreneurs unlock their potential to be at the heart of British innovation..


Running across an academic year from October through May, this part time programme provides you with 12 full days of teaching covering everything you need to know to get your startup going and growing, including cash flow, business models, marketing and more – in language you can easily understand.

Wrapped around the training sessions is as much one to one staff support as you need, delivered at a time that works for you- not to mention all the peer support you’ll receive from the network of classmates you’ll quickly develop.

You’ll also have access to our utterly vast online community, which houses thousands of relevant articles, e-learning sessions, discussion boards, templates, an events calendar, offers, discounts and every training session recorded to revisit at your leisure.

We also have an amazing network of advisors called the Titans of Industry who are available for sector specific advice, to help you tackle those tough to solve challenges.

The course culminates in May with the end of year Makegood Festival where students realise pop up shops for press, buyers, investors, VIPS and the public, putting all that they’ve learnt to the test.

It’s a pretty mega package all in!


FREE to Kent residents and those who are planning to start or have already located a business in Kent.