It offers service leavers, veterans, their spouses and dependents as well as our WIS community the opportunity to explore and experience self-employment.
- The programme lasts for 12-weeks and a guaranteed, no-risk start-up loan of up to £250 is provided.
There will be:
- A one-day virtual workshop at the beginning to develop the skills to write a business plan.
- Mentoring during the trading period and a virtual full group review mid-way through the trading period.
- A further virtual reflection session at the end of the 12-week period to explore the results and to look at your next steps.
- The programme provides access to a series of online resources to support your start-up journey, that you use at your own pace.
- Optional live webinars and live virtual networking events provide access to a wider range of people and resources to further supplement your learning.
This was successful so we launched a revised version of the programme called a side hustle to be delivered over three courses in 2019 and 20.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we were unable to complete the original schedule, so we have developed a virtual programme.
A side hustle is an enterprise activity that anyone can run alongside their primary job or focus. Primarily these are passion projects, where someone is developing an idea, product or service in their spare time in a field that they are interested in. They can be monetised, but don’t need to be. They should be enjoyable, even if they are hard work!
Yes, we have worked closely with CTP on this and the pilot programme, and they are fully supportive of our plans to support military entrepreneurs.
Military personnel who are in their transition period, and veterans who are aged 30 and under. The programme is also open to spouses and dependents as well as the WIS community.
People who are 30 or under meet the Peter Jones Foundation definition of young people. Priority will be given to those who meet the age criteria but in the unlikely event the course is undersubscribed, over-age personnel will be considered.
The complete programme will be delivered online.
X-Forces Enterprise – the leading organisation in the UK for enterprise in the military community and experts in their field. Sage is a corporate partner of X-Forces Enterprise and has collaborated on other initiatives to support military entrepreneurs.
The 2022 course dates are:
31st January - 23rd April 2022
25th April - 15th July 2022
Each course capacity is 20, this is so we can afford each student sufficient contact time with their business mentors throughout the programme.
In order to participate on this virtual workshop, you will need a personal laptop or tablet with webcam and microphone enabled, and a stable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps spare bandwidth and a fixed, quiet environment. The workshop will be hosted using Zoom, and you can join via most browsers, or use the Zoom app. Joining via a web enabled phone is possible but not advised the smaller screen size means a much less enjoyable experience for you and others involved in the development activities.
Yes, we will ask you to think about a business idea and produce some information based on that. Examples of this will be provided and don’t worry if you don’t have any specific thoughts on a business idea at this stage. Think about a product, it could be anything. Consider how will you buy the materials, how you will promote your product and ultimately how you will sell the product to turn a profit. You will be asked to complete this questionnaire when you are registering.
There are formal group days on the first and final days of the 12 weeks, there is also a mid-term group review. You need to plan to be at those. There will be weekly touch points with X-Forces Enterprise mentors to discuss progress, and you manage your own activity at home to suit your circumstances in the times between. The guiding principle is that the more effort you put in the more benefit you will get out. There are optional additional learning and networking opportunities during and after this 12-week period.
No, other than your time and your computer and your broadband connection! And through PJF there is also a startup capital loan of circa £250, to support your idea.
No, there is no obligation for you to continue with the scheme if you decide it is not for you.
If you make a loss, we ask that you pay back what you can, and the programme will absorb the balance. The trading window is the 12-week duration of the course, but this can be extended on a case-by-case basis.
If you break even, or make a profit, we ask that the original loan is paid back so that it can be reinvested for future courses. If you’d like to make a donation back to the programme from any profits, it would be gratefully received but there is no expectation or obligation to do so.
We will support you in your next steps as appropriate, which may be signposting to organisations or programmes aimed specifically at ex-military or transitioning personnel. A CV and interview workshop will help you reflect on the skills you have acquired and how they may be applied to potential job roles.
There are four options, you can:
- Continue with your side hustle at your own pace
- Develop your business idea through to startup with X-Forces Enterprise
- Continue your business education with a Peter Jones Enterprise Academy course, or similar
- Embark on an alternative employment route
No, your ideas are your intellectual property and will be treated as such by the Peter Jones Foundation, X-Forces Enterprise and Sage.
Yes, the programme is now open to spouses and we encourage participation from dependents looking to explore entrepreneurship as well.
Click the Apply Here button. This will take you to an X-Forces Eventbrite page for you to register your details. X-Forces Enterprise are administering the programme. They will make contact with you in the first instance.