Starter for 6 is a highly successful enterprise training programme that supports up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs across Scotland.
Between 2007 and 2009, we supported around 210 creative individuals, providing them with a tailored business support package including enterprise training, peer mentoring and grants of up to £10,000. We have had some fantastic results and have proven that this is a successful framework for supporting creative start-ups.
Drawing from our experience with Starter for 6, we created a Creative Enterprise Toolkit for creative individuals considering starting up a business; also lecturers and those who support creative start-ups. The toolkit is a step-by-step interactive resource - a collection our knowledge, activities, case studies and insights from the programme. You can find out more about the toolkit, here.
As a result of the success of Starter for 6, the Scottish Government, through Creative Scotland, confirmed its funding commitment to run the Starter for 6 programme from 2009 - 2012.
Starter for 6 is now managed and delivered by Cultural Enterprise Office, experts in supporting the development of creative businesses and practitioners across Scotland.
For further details on this year's programme, visit Cultural Enterprise Office
Our Starter for 6 pilot evaluation includes key findings and achievements from the programme, backed up by case studies of some of the talented individuals we supported during the three years pilot phase.
These are the longitudinal evaluation results of the impacts of the Nesta designed creative enterprise programme, Starter for 6. This report is a combination of findings and case studies of the creative businesses supported over the last five years in Scotland.
A guide to setting up a Peer Mentoring Programme
Download the Report