Business and Learning Live Sessions

Entrepreneurs Hub

A programme to help emerging entrepreneurs develop and grow their ideas into viable, sustainable businesses. Join our free online introductory sessions open to all aspiring designers.

About Entrepreneurs Hub

Design is everywhere. As a museum devoted to contemporary design, we aim to continue to support emerging designers and entrepreneurs to build and grow their creative visions into viable businesses.

The museum welcomes and values design in every form – from product ideas to fashion labels to tech. We want design to be accessible to everyone and we invite you to be part of this mission.

Entrepreneurs Hub was born to help participants to develop and grow their ideas into viable, sustainable businesses. Every year we work with a group of creators to guide them through developing their ideas into tangible products or services. Stay tuned: 2023 applications will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, we are proud to announce our online classes where everyone interested in starting a design-led business can join for free. Check the programme below.

Live sessions

Entrepreneurs Hub Free Masterclasses

Do you have a design-led business idea?

Join free live online learning sessions for all interested in kick-starting and growing a design-led business.

Designed for creative entrepreneurs, this series of online classes will help you transform your idea into a viable and sustainable business. The programme introduces core entrepreneurial skills such as marketing strategy, intellectual property and business pitching.

You'll meet business experts with deep industry knowledge who will help you get started in building a design-led business. We also invited leading designers who are successfully running their businesses to reveal the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

What will you achieve by the end of the first class?
- Devise a coherent marketing strategy for the global market
- Gain insight into the vision of the creative industry
- Identify and protect intellectual property value in your business
- Build a convincing pitch deck

Who is this for? The talks will suit you if
- You have an idea for a design-based business and don't know where to start
- You'd like to learn from leading designers-entrepreneurs
- You want to explore entrepreneurship as a creative
- You're motivated to thrive creatively and commercially
- You wish to launch your own fashion label, physical or digital product, software or more

Why join our online sessions?
- It’s free to join and open to all based in the UK
- Start your entrepreneurial journey guided by industry experts
- Join a community of aspiring creative founders


Alison Orr

Orr is an IP Strategist at Womble Bond Dickinson UK. She has extensive experience advising organisations on a wide variety of technologies and sectors from start-ups to multinationals on IP identification, protection, management, valuation and commercialisation, which is supplemented by her vast international networks and work history.

Catherine Michelle

In 2018, Michelle founded Catherine Michelle Creatives, a Digital Media Marketing agency specialised in brand marketing, creative consulting, advertising and social media management for international and national clientele, brands and individuals. She identifies clients’ niches within their specific markets and helps them attract their targeted demographic with the goal of boosting brand awareness and sales.

Folake Shasanya

Shasanya is the Head of New and Strategic Channels, EMEA at SVB. A newly established global business area at SVB, NSC is mandated to increase our clients’ probability of success in the innovation economy by improving access to information, network and capital for overlooked and underestimated founders.

James Church

Church is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Investable Entrepreneur, and co-founder of Robot Mascot, a global award-winning investment readiness agency. Church has run mentoring sessions at Tech Hub, Google Campus and Runway East and delivered masterminds for the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Dent Global.

Lynsey Fox

Fox is a consultant and academic focused on storytelling, social media communication and brand building who has worked across consumer, education, and media sectors. In 2020, she joined the University of the Arts London as a senior lecturer specialising in journalism, public relations, media communications, and social media research. Her research focuses on innovative learning practices within the arts.

Sir John Hegarty

Hegarty has been central to the global advertising scene working with brands such as Levi's, Audi, British Airways and Johnnie Walker. He co-founded Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1982 which now has offices in London, New York, Singapore and other countries. He also co-founded The Garage Soho, an early-stage investment company that believes in building brands.

Suhair Khan

Khan is a technology entrepreneur and creative leader. She is the founder of open-ended design, a platform and incubator for impact-driven work at the intersection of design, culture and future-facing technology. She also sits on the board of trustees for the Design Museum, Sadler’s Wells, Studio Wayne McGregor and the advisory committee of the British Library.

Vanessa Kanaiza

Kanaiza is a consultant, cultural tastemaker, founder and artistic director of Kanaiza Gallery & Studio. Kanaiza Studio works alongside phenomenal black and brown creatives and global brands to craft culturally nuanced experiences and campaigns that represent diverse communities and their subcultures. She merges the worlds of art, community and storytelling to deliver narratives directly from communities around the globe.

2021 programme

The 2021 Entrepreneurs Hub

Find out more about the Entrepreneurs Hub 2021 cohort and their businesses.