stEP-Up to Start-Up!

StEP-Up to Start-Up! 

Have you got a business idea but you’re not sure where to go with it? Then StEP-Up to Start-up is just what you need. This Growth Hub student pre-accelerator enterprise programme will provide you with the foundation knowledge you need to get you started.

The StEP-Up programme exposes you to masterclasses, delivered by a team of professionals, to help you explore the potential in your business idea. You will be introduced to important considerations when starting an enterprise and you will develop necessary enterprise skills to make it happen. Completion of this programme will provide you with a good springboard to start your own business or to move on to more advanced enterprise supports (where relevant).

Who can join StEP-Up to Start-Up?

While the StEP-Up programme may suit final year post-graduate and undergraduate students best, we welcome all students from all disciplines who have a business idea or an interest in setting up a business (but haven’t yet found the right business opportunity).

What will I get out of it?

  • Opportunity to tease out a business idea
  • Access to expert advice and support
  • Build your enterprise skills and knowledge
  • Certificate of completion

How will it be delivered?

StEP-Up to Start-Up will run part-time (1.5 days per week), combining both in person and online delivery. The programme will run in the new Growth Hub facility (ground floor, School of Business) from Monday 30th May to Monday 20th June, with online delivery every Wednesday morning.

See the outline plan below:

  Date Time Delivery Topic
1 Monday 30th May 9.30am – 4.00pm In-person Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Model Frameworks
2 Wednesday 1st June 9.30am – 1pm Online Problem solution fit, creativity and developing your value proposition
3 Tuesday

7th June 2022*

9.30am – 4.00pm In-person Understanding your competitive environment and customer discovery approaches

Wednesday 8th June 2022

9.30am – 1.00pm Online Developing Marketing Communications
5 Monday 13th June 2022


9.30am – 1pm


2pm – 4pm

In-person Sales and Negotiation Skills


Funding for Start-Ups

6 Wednesday 15th June 2022 9.30am – 1.00pm Online How to Pitch Your Business Idea
7 Monday 20th  June 2022 9.30am – 1.00pm In-person Pitch your business idea


Next steps

* Monday 6th June is a bank holiday.

Want to know more?

Contact Margaret at 


How can I register?

Register on our Events page or e-mail Margaret at 


Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.



May 30 2022 - Jun 20 2022
Waterford Institute of Technology


Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Rd, Waterford
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