Hobby to Business

Hobby to Business

January to February 2024

Have you discovered something you love to do and wondered if it has the potential to grow and support you financially? But how can we take a hobby and turn it into a business? 

Hobby to Business covers a series of start-up workshops to help you make sense of the entrepreneurial journey ahead.

Business & IP Centre Nottinghamshire’s Hobby to Business programme covers a series of start-up workshops designed to help you make sense of the entrepreneurial journey ahead. You’ll be travelling through a series of themed sessions with a cohort of likeminded pre-start and early-stage entrepreneurs that will be with you from start to finish.

Following on from the success of the Hobby to Business programme at Bulwell Library in 2023, we’re delighted to be offering the programme in 2024 at the newly opened  Nottingham Central Library

Click here to download our Hobby to Business brochure and read case studies from our Mansfield cohort.

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Week 1 (January 23, 2024): Business Model Canvas & Program Introduction

Week 2 (January 30, 2024): Intellectual Property

Week 3 (February 6, 2024): Websites

Week 4 (February 13, 2024): Resources

Week 5 (February 20, 2024): Entrepreneur Talk and Networking Mixer

Session Details: Each session is scheduled from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Nottingham Central Library 

Experts and mentors may be invited to share their experiences and provide guidance.

Sessions include: 

Business Planning with the Business Model Canvas
We’ll help get your ideas on the table and map out your business Model interactively with peers.

Intellectual Property
Intellectual property can protect your brand, business name, and even the actual product or service itself. You’ll learn about IP and discuss the importance of this with your peers and other successful hobbyists.

Accessing Resources to Research Your Market 

BIPC team will show you how your library card can be used to harness research and data to validate your audience, find grants, assess premises and more.

Getting Started with Your Website

Discuss practical website options to promote your hobby and business.

Learn from an Entrepreneur!

Learn how to plan for success through practical knowledge and first-hand experiences.

Other benefits:

You’ll work closely with industry experts and our BIPC Advisors for fine-tuned, bespoke support to start and grow your hobby-based business. You’ll also access a range of additional support as part of the wider BIPC programme, including mentoring with business experts and specialist webinars to help grow your business know-how and confidence.

Email BIPC@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to register your interest in joining the cohort. Deadlines close on 12 January, midday.

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