Startup Peterborough – Supercharging Startup Success

Peterborough has one of the highest levels of business startups in the UK, and we want to help them grow and succeed!

One of the biggest challenges for startup businesses is where to turn for expert advice.

Startup Peterborough brings together trusted local experts who specialise in different areas of business to give entrepreneurs and local residents with great new business ideas, the support they need free of charge.

With thanks to our Lead Partners


And thanks to our supporter:

We’ll work with you whether you’re at the idea stage or if your business has been running for up to five years. If you join Startup Peterborough – free of charge – you can access our business bootcamp programme to:

  • Make your business plan more robust
  • Instil best practice with expert guidance
  • Nail your pitches to customers and investors
  • Ensure your product or service is fit for purpose
  • Identify, target and retain customers more effectively


The Startup Bootcamp programme

Our three-month bootcamp programme has 12, one-hour sessions each week covering critical business functions. You’ll come away with practical steps to strengthen your business, and we’ll have informal group meetings where you can discuss ideas and talk to our experts. Plus, you’ll build up your local network of like-minded businesses!

Our schedule will launch on 27 May (talk to us if you want to join after that date!) and cover:

# Subject Date # Subject Date
1 Business Essentials 27 May 7 Social media 8 July
2 Business Structure 3 June 8 Internationalisation and export 15 July
3 Business model, legals & risk 10 June 9 Sustainability and circular economy 22 July
4 Finances & Cash 17 June 10 Investment & Pitching 29 July
5 Marketing 24 June 11 Make it / suppliers / productions 5 August
6 PR Strategy 1 July 12 Pitch to Anglia Capital 12 August

Informal workshops

Where you can discuss ideas, challenges, and what’s been covered in the programme so far. Plus, hear from some of our partners and supporters about how they’ve managed their own businesses including:

Joanne Bass, Owner







Cheryl Jakes, Owner






Startup Peterborough is run by the city’s economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, and we use our in-house expertise and trusted specialists from across the city and beyond to make a rigorous programme to support your business growth. What’s more we’ll celebrate your achievements and the contribution that startups make to our economy with our awards programme.

We plan to run a second series of the bootcamps in autumn, so if you sign up after 27 May, you can still take part this year!

Sign me up!

If you’d like to join the Startup Peterborough programme free of charge, please complete the form below. To discuss becoming one of our expert partners, please email: