Creative Startup Essentials at the V&A

Creative Entrepreneurs

V&A Museum

May 14, 2019
18:30 - 21:30
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

How do you turn a creative idea into a successful business? Whether it’s setting up a design studio, digital agency, photography business or running a gallery, knowing the basics of business is an essential part of creating a new venture.

Curated by Creative Entrepreneurs, this three-part evening course will provide you with the essential skills to start your creative business journey. Through seminar discussions led by experts and hands-on activities, participants will cover topics including the art of networking, legal and finance basics.

14 May 2019

Creative Startup Essentials – The Art of Networking with Carolyn Dailey, Creative Entrepreneurs

  • Overview – the power of connection: how things happen today
  • Preparation – defining goals, research, preparing marketing materials
  • Networking in action – lay of the land, strategies and techniques
  • Harnessing reciprocity and trust – cultivating long term relationships

21 May 2019

Creative Startup Essentials – Legal Basics with Lee & Thompson

  • What are the common characteristics if creative industry businesses?
  • Company basics – key considerations when setting up, organization and share structures
  • People basics – employees, freelancers and consultants, how to incentivize and retain key individuals
  • IP basics – IP overview, understanding what you own and how to exploit and protect it

28 May 2019

Creative Startup Essentials – Finance Basics with Shaun Beaney, ICAEW & Martin Carruthers, Grant Thornton

  • Accounting basics – information tracking, bookkeeping and financial planning
  • Tax basics – corporate tax overview, HMRC, VAT, SEIS
  • Fundraising basics – business plan and pitch deck, friends and family, angel investment, startup loans (crowdfunding to be mentioned but not covered in detail)

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