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Startup First Steps sessions will be highly collaborative, balancing lectures from industry experts, founders at different stages of the startup journey, as well as practical activities and group discussions to apply session teachings.
Techscaler and its education offerings have been funded as part of the Scottish Government's commitment to creating, developing and scaling tech startups in Scotland. Techscaler welcomes participants from all nationalities, however, they must be based in Scotland to be eligible.
First cohort begins 19th April 2023, and runs for 10 weeks until 21st June 2023. There will also be an onboarding event before the course commences on the 12th April 2023. Applications close at midday on Wednesday, 5th April 2023. Eligible applicants will need to enrol by midnight on Sunday 9th April 2023.
The courses is completely free. You will not be asked for any equity in your business.
Startup First Steps is most suited for prospective founders who already have an idea as to a sector/market/problem that they could build a startup in. Techscaler offers another self-paced online course, Startup Basics, which covers fundamental ideas and topics relevant for both current and prospective founders.
The programme’s 10 sessions take place on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, from 1pm to 4pm. Additionally, participants should also set aside appropriate time per week (around 2h-5h) to apply session learnings to their own startup idea.
You don’t need to be on one of our courses to get access to mentorship. There are fully funded mentorship opportunities available through Techscaler membership, providing guidance and support from experts, including industry operators, educators, founders and investors.
If you have specific accessibility needs, please flag this in your application and share as much detail as you are comfortable. Our education programmes team is committed to extending the opportunity for all participants with accessibility requirements to have a conversation with a member of our team to assess how we can best support you in advance.
Our programmes welcome any eligible founders, including bootstrappers, regardless of their investment intentions.
Yes, in order to access any Techscaler courses or resources, you must first have Techscaler membership. Membership is free, apply here.
Yes, you will need to pay for your own travel.
No. We do not take any equity stake in any of the businesses that take part in our education courses.
We do not provide tech / product build resources, however, you may find someone on the course who is a collaborator in that space. We do not guarantee investment opportunities or investor connections. Our aim is to guide you towards investor-readiness.