Overview and aims

The Turbine’s Inspire programme is a business readiness course that is offered three times a year over the course of seven weeks.

Inspire encourages and helps participants to start their own businesses.

It is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs with promising ideas that have not yet been developed in depth, and for which a strong business case has not yet been made.

Inspire helps participants prepare and present a business model; assess the viability of their business concept; and make an informed decision about whether to start building a company or not.

In practical terms, the course helps entrepreneurs:

  • refine or create a business plan;
  • assess potential areas of difficulty in their projects; and
  • learn to present their project in a way that stands up to potential investors’ scrutiny.

How it works

The course takes place over a seven-week period. 15 aspiring entrepreneurs take part in each edition.

Weekly workshops

The course consists of seven weekly workshops lasting four hours each and covering the elements of a persuasive business model.

Each workshop includes tutorials, talks by successful entrepreneurs, group work, and time allocated for individual work on each participant’s business idea.

Individual coaching

Each entrepreneur will also be assigned an individual business coach from the Turbine team. They will work with their coach to establish an individual development plan at the outset of the Inspire programme. Their progress will be tracked against their development objectives until the course’s conclusion.

A few weeks after the course has ended, each participant will review their goals, assess their achievements and discuss next steps with their coach.

Investor pitch

After the final Inspire workshop, candidates will be invited to pitch their business idea to a panel of investors who will provide feedback on their presentation.

They will also have an opportunity to pitch to members of the Turbine team. A successful pitch will allow them to enrol in the Incubate programme, if this is of interest to them.

How to apply

The Inspire programme is free of charge for participants.

It is offered three times a year over the course of one month.

Participants can apply for the scheme directly via the Turbine’s website. Each application is subject to review by the Turbine’s team.