Virgin StartUp Live arrives on Tyneside this weeks as part of a drive to reach 1,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and help them get their businesses off the ground.
The not-for-profit firm, backed by Sir Richard Branson, has offered financial support, mentoring and business advice to over 120 aspiring entrepreneurs since launching 10 months ago.
It provides start-up loans of £500 to £25,000, backed up with one-on-one mentoring, advice, resources and opportunities to work with companies across the Virgin Group.
The Virgin StartUp Live tour is currently travelling across the country and arrives in Gateshead at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Tuesday, July 8, between 5.30pm and 8pm.
The company will provide practical start-up guidance, networking opportunities and inspiration. At each event, experts will be on hand to guide potential applicants through the application process.
In Gateshead, Scott Morrison, previous marketing and commercial director at Diesel, and Alexander Bell of North East 360 will be on hand to offer their expertise and share their start-up stories. Business advisors from TEDCO will also be on hand to offer focused advice.
Commenting on the launch of Virgin StartUp Live, Sir Richard Branson said:
Sir Richard Branson said: “We’ve been thrilled at how well the last set of events went down and I hope the Virgin StartUp Live Tour proves to be just as big a hit. The speaker line-up looks fantastic – it’s great to see such strong support from these high profile business men and women who are taking time out to help foster the next generation of exciting entrepreneurs.
“There are so many incredible people out there who are ready to create exciting new businesses and we’re very much looking forward to finding them.”