Fast Forward Programme
Accelerate your entrepreneurial success
with the learning, funding and support you need
The Peter Coates Fast Forward Programme
To succeed in business, it helps to be properly prepared. And to get a fast start. And to have partners who believe in you and back you.
The Peter Coates Fast Forward Programme is designed to deliver exactly those ingredients.
We provide emerging entrepreneurs with the learning, funding and support they need to accelerate their success. The programme provides access to a valued degree and an invaluable experience.
Staffordshire University has created a new Peter Coates MSc in Entrepreneurship which enables innovative ideas to flourish. It’s for people like you who are restless to make their mark and unlock the value of their ideas. With a focus on practice not theory, the immersive experience will introduce you to commercially-relevant concepts, contacts and opportunities.
You’ll study on a vibrant campus in Stoke-on-Trent that features excellent learning and teaching facilities and is a thriving hub of entrepreneurship. You’ll be supported at every step by experienced experts who are leaders in their field. And you’ll team up with people whose backgrounds and ideals you can relate to. Full bursaries are available from the Peter Coates Foundation for students with the fire but not the funds.
And here’s the other really good bit
In addition to earning an impressive business qualification, graduate individuals or teams will pitch their ideas for business ventures to an expert panel. Investments of up to £300k of seed capital in the most viable and compelling business plans, are up for grabs, in return for an equity stake. Successful teams will receive mentoring and ongoing support so that start-ups can stay up. This boost will give founders the resources and connections they need to become part of a dynamic enterprise cluster. And when your business succeeds, the whole community thrives because profits from successful ventures are reinvested back into the Foundation to support further bursaries, venture funding and urban regeneration projects.
So what’s the catch? There’s no catch. but getting on the course and winning seed capital isn’t a walk in the park. To check that you’re up for the challenge and to ensure it’s a programme you’ll find rewarding, we’re inviting applicants to enrol onto a taster event. Bring your ambition. Bring your a-game. Together we will fast-forward your future and stoke your success.