Into the Cell Block: Creative and digital start ups

What: A course for creative and digital ideas/skills that could be turned into a business
Who: Final year students and graduates
When: June 2014
Where: Portsmouth
Cost: Free – it’s fully funded by the University of Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard

Into the Cell Block is a four-day course that’s great if you’re looking to become your own boss.

The course is based on the NESTA toolkit, an interactive way of developing key skills required for a business/freelancer and developing your ideas/skills into a viable business product.

Following the course you will be mentored by a NESTA expert and will have support from the Student and Graduate Enterprise Team. You will also have the opportunity to win six months free office space in the new Cell Block Offices.

Chloe Hood, a University of Portsmouth Fashion graduate, attended Into the Cell Block in October 2013. She is now running her business Hoodlum Fang Apparel, a punk rock fashion brand.

Chloe said ‘I went into the course not knowing anything about book keeping, taxes or insurance. I knew nothing of any of the legal aspects of business and I was terrified of starting a business without having any of this knowledge. I gained the information I needed from the Cell Block course in easy terms, which made the ideas less scary.’

The University of Portsmouth and Historic Dockyard are providing funding for the course as part initiative to support final year students and graduates in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

To find out more or register for the course:

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  1. Interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy, (private, charity and public sector practice, along with wider consultancy), social work (Ports alumni, BSc), ethical business start-up (within and outside of caring professions), publication and arts/understanding of marginalised and so often misunderstood people. Please keep me updated of this course and its contents. Further advice welcomed, naturally…

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