Wandsworth Borough

Ready, Steady, Grow: Wandsworth | 2021

Have you always had an idea for a business but are not sure where to start? 

Ready, Steady, Grow: Wandsworth is an online programme of support designed for Wandsworth-based founders who are thinking about starting up a business, are ready to do so, or have just recently started up. The programme will provide you with invaluable insights and the skills needed to help you start and grow your business. 

What's in the Programme?


How to Build a Business workshop 

A four-day online workshop that’ll equip you with the skills ready to build your business.  Over the four sessions, we will cover:

  • How to thrive as a Founder
  • How to validate your idea with very little money
  • How to understand the financials of your business
  • How to find your customers and reach them

The next How to Build a Business workshop will take place on 12th, 13th, 18th and 20th May. 

The workshop will last 3 to 4 hours per day with scheduled breaks and will run roughly from 9.30am to 1.30pm per day.  


Webinar Series 

As part of the Programme you have access to an exclusive webinar series covering key business topics, hosted by industry experts.  

Business Advice Helpline 

As part of the Programme, you have access to a dedicated phone line run by our team of Business Advisors. 

Maybe you have a question about marketing, fundraising or day-to-day things like tax or financial forecasting? Our Business Advisors are on hand to help. 

Phone appointments are available weekly and each lasts for 30 minutes. There's also no limit to how many times you can book in! 

Ready, Steady Grow: Wandsworth Community Hub 

Founders that take part programme will have access to the Community Hub. 

This invite only community hub is the place to post questions and to engage and connect with fellow founders – both founders from the ‘Ready, Steady, Grow: Wandsworth’ programme, but also from the wider Virgin StartUp Founder Family. 



StepUp is a 4-day programme, delivered online, designed for founders who want to take their business to scale. 

The programme includes a series of workshops and networking opportunities to help founders develop the skills and knowledge they need in order to take their business to the next level. 

One-to-One Mentoring  

One-to-one mentoring support will be made available following the StepUp programme.  

Please note: Only eligible founders will be able to join StepUp and access One-to-One Mentoring.  


Do I need to meet an eligibility criteria in order to attend? 


In order to be eligible to participate in Ready, Steady, Grow: Wandsworth, your business must be based in the London Borough of Wandsworth and you must be over the age of 18. 

This programme is for founders looking to turn their idea to reality. That means that participants typically: 

  • have an idea for a start-up; 
  • are ready to launch their business in the next 12 months; 

We review each application carefully and select a group of founders that, we feel, are at a similar stage in their development. this allows us to ensure that the content delivered throughout the programme is relevant and targeted. It also ensures that participants get the most out of the interaction with their peers. 

Where does the programme take place? 


The programme will be delivered and accessed digitally and details will be shared with the founders selected to attend. 

Do I need to register to attend? 


Yes. Attendance is by invitation only. 

In order to attend, you must apply for a place using the form above and be selected by the Virgin StartUp team.  

Do I need to have received a Virgin Start Up Loan in order to attend? 


No. We welcome any founder on to the programme that meets our eligibility & selection criteria, but receiving a Start Up Loan from Virgin StartUp is not one of them. 

How much does it cost to participate in the programme? 


Nothing! The Ready, Steady, Grow: Wandsworth programme is free to attend for all founders selected to join.