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Virgin StartUp helps founders in the UK fund and grow the business they're passionate about, from your first round of funding through to scale. 

We run regular programmes to help get you and your business ready to raise. Each of our programmes are carefully designed to give you the skills and confidence to go out and fundraise. 

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Empower100 from Virgin StartUp


Free investment-readiness programme for London founders to unlock the potential of their startup and take it to the next level.

Empower100 runs every quarter and is designed to help Black, Asian and minority ethnic founders, women founders and founders with a disability, unlock the potential for growth and investment in their startups. 

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Our monthly Changemaker events are designed for hybrid, and free to attend in person or online.

They are a time for our community to come together, learn from experts, founders and each other, to find inspiration and guidance, and to come away with practical solutions to act on.

Collective Impact was incredible. It taught us more about our focus and the funding landscape than any youtube video or blog article ever could. The Virgin StartUp team were exceptional.
Kyle Grant, OxWash Founder
Kyle Grant, raised £475k
Virgin StartUp’s support enabled us to raise capital via crowdfunding in an efficient and streamlined way that made the whole process a lot more pleasant than it might have been
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Anna Brightman, raised £218k
If you’re a founder who's raising money for the first time, this programme definitely helps prepare you. It sharpens your deck and your thinking and connects you with people who can help.
Karen, founder of Stroiboard
Karen Harris, raised £1.4m
This programme gives you great access to knowledgable advisors and valuable course sessions. You're part of a great community of purpose-driven founders.
Tom and Hugo
Hugo and Thomas, raised £284k

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