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NESTA – National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative.  They invest in early-stage companies, inform policy, and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challanges of the future.  They run a number of programmes and currently you can download a free Creative Enterprise Toolkit which contains tried and tested methods for teaching enterprise skills to creative individuals who are thinking about setting up a business.

Starting a business with no experience can be daunting. That’s why NESTA have developed the Creative Enterprise Toolkit to help creative individuals take their bright ideas and turn them into successful businesses. Building on their experience of running Starter for 6, the toolkit provides guidance, activities, downloadable worksheets and case studies to challenge individuals to draw on their creative and personal strengths. The toolkit is accompanied by tutor notes – supportive information aimed at university professionals and enterprise organisations that support creative individuals in the early stages of their enterprise career.