IGNITE Business Programme

  • Loca­tion
    Arts Uni­ver­si­ty Ply­mouth, Tavi­s­tock Place, Ply­mouth, UK, PL4 8AT
  • Date
    05.09.2022 — 15.09.2022
  • Time
    15:30 — 17:30
  • Fee
    Free, how­ev­er we ask that you pay a £10 refund­able deposit. More info below.
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Key Information

Dates: 5 - 15 September (excluding Friday & the weekend). By registering for this course you agree to attend all 8 sessions.

Times: All sessions will run from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Venue: In-person training held at Arts University Plymouth (formerly Plymouth College of Art), Tavistock Place, Plymouth, UK, PL4 8AT.

Applications: This event is open to all students and graduates based in Plymouth, as well as creative communities, including the Alma Yard, Nudge and Real Ideas community. If you don't meet this criteria but would like to attend the programme, please get in touch:

Cost: This course is free, however we do require a £10 refundable deposit due to limited spaces. The deposit will be fully returned following attendance.

Accreditation: Digital Badges (Accredited by Badge Nation and issued through Credly)

About the Programme

Make your business dreams a reality through the IGNITE Business Programme, part of the IGNITE Festival of Creativity. Over 8 afternoon workshops led by expert business consultant, Mark Cotton, you’ll learn key skills to kickstart your business ideas.

Open to all students and graduates in Plymouth, and creative communities such as the Alma Yard, Nudge and Real Ideas community. This hands-on programme will equip you with practical skills to create your business and prepare your products or ideas for market. By the end of the training, you'll have developed a good understanding of business modelling and planning, supporting you to successfully begin your journey as an entrepreneur, or grow an existing business.

You will also benefit from an exclusive 1:1 mentoring session with Mark Cotton at the end of the training, to gain bespoke support and advise for your business ideas.

Confirming your place

This free eventbrite ticket acknowledges your request for a place on the programme. When booking please provide details about your business stage and ideas (e.g. if you have an idea for a business or are an early-stage startup). Your place is only confirmed once we have contacted you and you have paid the deposit.


Due to the cost of running this course, and limited spaces, we kindly ask that you pay a £10 deposit to secure your place; this will be fully refunded after you have attended at least 6 out of 8 sessions of the programme. Further information on how to pay your deposit, and secure your place, will be provided after booking.


As you move through the training modules you will gain Digital Badges that evidence your accomplishment in each area; these accreditations can be added to your CV, email signature, or LinkedIn profile to highlight your new business skills.

Digital badges are accredited through Badge Nation (led by Real Ideas and Future Creators) and issued through the Credly platform.

Who is this Programme for?

This training is open to the all students, graduates and creatives based in Plymouth, such as the Real Ideas, Nudge and Alma Yard communities. You must be aged 18 or over to take part in this training. It is perfect for those looking to develop their business skills in preparation for graduation or to grow their existing businesses.

If you don't meet the above criteria, but would like to take part in the programme, please get in touch:

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Programme Overview

This programme will support you to gain key business skills over 8 workshops (each 3:30pm-5:30pm):

  • Business Model Generation and Strategy Development
  • Value Proposition Design and Product Diversification
  • Creating Your Brand and Developing Key Messages
  • Customer Insight and Customer Empathy Mapping
  • Marketing in the Digital World
  • Business Structures and Governance
  • Finance and Business Planning
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property, and Pitching and Presenting


Arts University Plymouth is following current Government guidance to help safeguard all members of our community. We continue to keep the campus well ventilated and clean and provide sanitising stations to help reduce COVID-19.

If you feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, we advise that you try to stay at home and not attend this event.

Registration alternative

If you prefer to register for this event via an alternative registration format or require any assistance with your application, please contact Sophie by email

Everyone welcome

We are committed to making our events and opportunities accessible to everyone. If there are any access requirements that would assist your participation in this programme, please let us know when completing the registration form and our team will endeavour to accommodate these where practicable for us to do so.


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