Upstart Enterprise is a social enterprise based in Newcastle.
Our Vision is access to good enterprise thinking and start-up programmes for all, regardless of background.
Our Social Mission is to set up young people with the best entrepreneurial skills they can take forwards throughout their lives.
We piloted our first after school enterprise club in November 2018 and we’ve been busy delivering clubs ever since.
Our after school enterprise clubs develop entrepreneurial skills, increase confidence and focus on selling, pitching and smart thinking.
The clubs run a 7 week enterprise programme which often ends with a dragons den style pitching contest (with prizes of course).
Just before Covid-19 hit we'd started our corporate sponsored programmes, which are being delivered in disadvantaged areas of Newcastle like Walker.
This has gone on hold and with a recession looming we fear that this support will not continue.
Many children in the disadvantaged areas have had a very different experience from our own 'home schooled' children and have been barely surviving lockdown at home. With this in mind we want to deliver fully funded enterprise programmes to get them enthused, full of ideas and boost their confidence in the Autumn/Winter terms.
Each 7 week club costs £1000 to run and we'd like to roll these clubs out to another four schools in disadvantaged areas of Newcastle the Autumn and Winter term.