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Step Into Business

What is Step Into Business?

Step into Business provides guidance and support on how to step up a new business.


The programme kicks off with a 1-day interactive workshop which leads participants through the various steps needed to take a business idea and turn it into reality. Following the workshop, those with a business idea can request a 1 to 1 business coach with the aim of taking their business idea forward and can apply for a £2,000 start up grant from EY Foundation.


Aims of the programme

  • Increased knowledge and skills on how to start a new business and social enterprise​
  • Opportunity to benefit from 1 to 1 business coaching for up to 6 months to develop a business idea​
  • Increase motivation and confidence linked to future career ambition​
  • Enhanced business network opportunities​
  • Opportunity to apply and pitch for a £2,000 start up grant for new businesses who are either in line with EY Foundation ethical policy or a new social enterprise

Who can take part?

The programme is aimed at following young people:

  • Aged 16-19 years of age
  • Have a business idea or at the very least are very keen on the idea of setting up their own business
  • Eligible for Free School Meals or the college bursary / Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Live in London, Glasgow, Manchester or Birmingham

How can I apply for the programme?

Young people need to apply using the following application link;


Step Into Business Application Link


Applications will be assessed and if a young person is eligible and lives within reach of a delivery location, they will be invited to a 1-day workshop at EY.

Workshop Date


Application Deadline

Midlands: Tue 30/01/2024

09:00 - 16:30

EY, 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham, B4 6HQ

9th January 2024

Scotland: Fri 16/02/2024

09:00 - 16:30

EY, 5 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY

25th  January 2024

South: Wed 20/03/2024

09:00 - 16:30

EY, 25 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5EY

23rd February 2024

North: Tues 09/04/2024

09:00 - 16:30

EY, 2 St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3DF

19th April 2024

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria above and want to kickstart your career, we encourage you to start your application today.

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