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Hi, I’ve had a business concept for an online school/base camp to create taylor made programmes for schools, that would be streamed into global classrooms, centred around the health curriculum (wellbeing, behaviour, confidence)After trying to create it, with many dead ends I put in on the shelf for the last few years, waiting to see when the world was ready, and the opportunity might arise – perfect timing thing. Hey is this it?? The educational sector has just completely changed.  My question is since everyone is suddenly online and now accessible.  How do I find a group or forum of people that might be interested in collaborating to build a business? Or existing companies looking to create new opportunities together. I have the product, and it meets the needs of my clients, but it’s at the start-up stage.  How can I quickly create a start-up in this environment?   Kaz

Question submitted 18/04/20 @ 07:23pm
Industry: Business Growth
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    Hi there
    This sounds interesting. As you are at concept stage, the first thing I would focus on is testing the idea at a very basic, even non technical, level. Are you familiar with the minimum viable product term?
    Can you approach a local school and tailor make some content for them, then deliver it in a basic way and test the results as a pilot?
    At the end of this, if you have a happy school, keen to endorse/buy into the concept then you could do it a few more times before refining. Once you have proof of concept you can approach funders and look at building a team and a tech product.
    Let me know if you have already done this though.
    Could be worth speaking to others who have successfully integraged apps in schools, e.g. Storypark.
    In terms of startup support, there are groups in most cities who can put you in touch with others keen to help and who run things like Startup Weekend. Where are you located?
    All the best!


    Cool idea, I would agree with @bee_stevenson – find one school, and get a pilot underway. That would be your fastest method to both find a potential trail ‘customer’, get end-user feedback (students) and shake out the various collaborators you will need to make something work. By focusing on something as clear as a pilot with one partner, all the small things and partners you need will become clear to you just by going through the process and you can hunt them down as you go.


    Have a think about joining other communities around online education, schools and the like and yes, get a test going and then review and look to get some word of mouth going.

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