As we are looking for start-up creative businesses with the best potential, we have a series of steps to our process to ensure the programme is right for you and that you are right for our programme. In most instances it is likely that we can ensure that you get help of some kind even if it is not through our Graduate Start Up programme.
You may be referred by a Cultivator team member or one of our partner organisations (which include Higher Education providers) directly to our Creative Start-up Adviser. In this instance, our adviser will have a chat with you and work out the best next steps. If the programme is appropriate for you, you will then be asked to start the sign-up process with our admin team, and you will be sent an application form to complete. Alternatively, you may be directed to our sign-up process in the first instance and go through our main admin team at [email protected] or our phone number 01209 312501. In this instance, our team will get you started on completing the necessary sign-up paperwork and if you are eligible to apply you will then have a phone conversation or meeting with our Start-up Adviser prior to completing the application form.
The next step is to complete the application form in written or video form. The questions on the form are designed to help you to begin to really focus on some of the key areas you need to consider when starting a business. The questions also help us to understand more about you and the skills you have in preparation for your business journey. As part of the application, we ask for references, examples of your work and an up to date CV or statement about you to help us to get a broader picture. We want to get the best from you so please talk to us if you need help with anything on the form or you have concerns.
If you are applying for a workspace that you have identified yourself, you will also need to submit written quotations from 3 potential workspace providers and explain why you have chosen one of them. If you are applying to be part of one of our Workspace Hubs, we will ask some more questions about why you want to be part of that particular hub and that you are happy with the location of the space.
The final stage is a panel selection process. The selection will involve a panel who review the applications and use a fair scoring system to asses against the key criteria identified above that match to the programme requirements.
You will then be officially offered a place on the programme in writing and asked to sign and return documentation relating to the offer.