We make starting and growing a business achievable for anyone and everyone.
We relentlessly support pre-starts, start-ups, and those that have started but are struggling. We are here for the artists and creatives, the micro-enterprises and lifestyle businesses, the makers, the side hustles, the disadvantaged, and the triers. To give them a voice and the direction they need to move forward.
The biggest barriers to getting a business started are: fear, money, and know-how. The traditional approach to getting started teaches business plans, how to access finance, and the legal requirements.
The existing start-up support available doesn’t meet the needs of most people, it doesn’t remove people's barriers, it compounds them.
The world has changed. Business has changed. How we empower people to get started needs to change, urgently.
Wealth - of knowledge, finance, experiences.
Growth - of ourselves, our customers, our business, our mission.
Collaboration - of ideas, direction, solutions.
Inclusivity & Accessibility - for anyone and everyone.
F*ckery - if it's not fun, what's the point.
Rebel - do the opposite.
At the Rebel School, we teach a sales-based start-up model, teaching people how to launch an ‘experiment’ for little or no money and test their ideas. We have presenters and a support team with real business experience to deliver our free live courses both online and in-person in communities.
Our events are engaging, fun and for many, they are life changing. We deliver the information, inspiration, and practical help people need to take action. We find sponsors and create local partnerships to ensure that anyone can attend, FREE of charge. No one has ever paid to attend a course.
Other business support offers exclude people at a disadvantage and some only support those who get chosen. There are no barriers to our courses, in fact, it attracts the people who need it. We are inclusive. We help anyone and everyone who wants to make progress regardless of their situation.
In 2008 our co-founder Alan went to Business Link, a Government funded service designed to support business. The experience almost put him off starting a business. Alan is privileged – he is white, middle class, educated, resourceful and with a supportive family. If the traditional approach to starting a business put him off, what about everyone else?
The PopUp Business School was founded in 2012 by Alan Donegan and Simon Paine. They knew that start-up loans and business plans put more people off than they help.
In order to find, inspire and truly help people start businesses from all backgrounds we discovered you need to take a completely different approach.
Everyday People - find everything you need to grow a wonderful business, in Yorkshire.