Virgin StartUp is a not-for-profit company founded by Virgin Management in late 2013. They support entrepreneurs over the age of 18, based in England and who are pre-trading or within their first 12 months of trading.
Virgin StartUp helps businesses get funding (a Government backed start-up loan), get a mentor and get ahead.
When DWF were invited to provide mentor support to Virgin StartUp's entrepreneurs, we were only too pleased to be able to help.
DWF currently has 65 employees and Partners, across its offices in England, signed up to be Virgin StartUp Mentors.
Just one example of a Virgin StartUp entrepreneur is 22 year old Lily Rice from Surrey. Lily is a graduate in Unique Performance Sportswear Design who decided to create Lexie Sport, a fashion-forward but also performance focused woman’s sportswear line.
Lily doesn’t see herself as a natural businesswoman, but was passionate about the product and started small. With the support of a business mentor and a £10,000 loan from Virgin StartUp, she ran a one month pop-up shop on Oxford Street. Lily said ‘It was amazing to make that first sale to someone I didn’t know. I couldn’t look back from there!’ Lexie Sport products are now stocked in 11 outlets.
Embedded in our culture here at DWF, is the desire and capability to help grow enterprise across the UK and beyond. We are proud to be part of Virgin StartUp’s mission, by providing mentors and support for entrepreneurs in collaboration with Virgin StartUp and Virgin Trains.
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To find out more about Virgin StartUp, please visit the Virgin website»