Startup Academy

10-week bootcamp for new businesses looking to scale

Kicking off this April, the Digital Greenhouse is running it's first full scale Startup Academy.

Working with Blenheim Chalcot’s Red Team, the Academy will operate over a 10 week period, immersing entrepreneurs in developing their ventures.  This kick-start programme is specifically designed for early stage businesses in Guernsey with growth ambition!  The programme will see experts in the field share insider knowhow, tips, tricks and essential elements to go from idea to market.  The Academy will fuel the next wave of innovative startups in the Island and support them to ‘nail, then scale’ their ventures through a range of structured sessions and workshops.


Applications for 2023 have now closed.  


What will be covered?

The programme will include a number of sessions covering the follow topics:

What Is a Great Business? 

The metrics by which great businesses are judged had changed rapidly over the last 12 months and this session provides a great opportunity to take an updated look at this landscape.

Discovering Customer Pains

This session focuses on effective ways to extract valuable information from customers about their pains and how to map data to identify opportunities for innovation.


Nail It then Scale It

This session looks at how to identify a valuable problem to solve, recognize product market fit, and develop and test a "Big Idea Hypothesis." Participants will learn how to make informed decisions and avoid wasting resources in their pursuit of success.

Early Unit Economics 

This training will provide a deep dive into Unit Economics. Looking at how they relate to different business models and look at key growth metrics. 

Business Model Innovation

In this session, participants will  deeply analyse how their current business models work while maintaining optionality, together with learning how and why business models can be a powerful source of disruption.

How to Present a Business Case 

Covering building a business case, including types, scales and considerations from both CEO and senior manager perspectives. Participants will also gain knowledge on the importance of reporting and tracking mechanisms for successful operational plans.

Who should apply?

This kick-start programme is specifically designed for early stage, high growth businesses in Guernsey with scale ambition!  If you are starting or have recently started your venture and are looking to scale, this programme is for you. 

The information below specifies the application criteria for the academy:

  • Applicants must be resident in Guernsey
  • Applicant’s business must be looking to scale with growth ambitions for 2023.
  • Applications can be from any sector or business type. 
  • Each application is allocated two participant spaces on the programme.  If you have a business partner or team member who would like to take part in the Startup Academy programme with you, you must fill in their details when applying.

If you are unsure if your business qualifies for this programme or if this is the right level for the current stage of development, please email or call 01481 701010 for further advice. 


How to apply?

2023 Applications have now closed! 


What happens after I've applied?

Applications will be assessed to ensure suitability to the programme and will be notified by 24th March 2023 whether they have been successful or not.

Successful applicants will then be onboarded ahead of the programme beginning in April.

Looking for more support? Visit the Startup Hub

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