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SEEDS: A completely different approach to setting up in business or as a freelancer. 

We all know that setting up a business or freelancing is so much more than just writing a business plan or registering with the Tax office. It takes research, determination and a willingness to take risks.

SEEDS takes a holistic approach to helping you to set up. We work on building your confidence as well as your contacts. You will be working with business and career specialists throughout the six month program to help you find your career path and follow it. Your own Industry Mentor will meet with you monthly to help you find a pathway that is right for YOU. 

SEEDS has won considerable acclaim for its methodology and results. The scheme came second in the prestigious Guardian Newspaper awards for Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. 

Sorry, SEEDS is full for this year but please come back and check the site in May 2018 when we hope to open for applications again. 


Take a look at our latest SEEDS Pathways exhibition and find out how you can get involved in the Self-Employment Entrepreneurship Diversity Scheme.

Our Pathways exhibition showcased creative work and new businesses developed in SEEDS 2016/17.

 More information here.


This is what you get with SEEDS: 

  • Individual mentoring - each participant will work with their own high-level Industry mentor to develop their business skills and identify markets for their work.

  • Regular life coaching sessions with physiological coach, Judi Stewart.

  • Interactive workshops to build your business ideas, present and network with confidence and tax advice tailored to your needs.

  •  Individual Business and career planning clinics.

  • Access  to Ravensbourne's facilities for the duration of the program if you have graduated already. 

  • A unique opportunity to pitch for a space on the business incubation scheme at Ravensbourne, with access to on going support and use of facilities. 

  • Opportunities to collaborate.

  • A final exhibition to showcase your work.



Who is eligible to apply for SEEDS 2017/2018?

Funding for this scheme is targeted at 2nd and 3rd year students or new graduates who are Dyslexic or Neuro-diverse* so they will be particularly encouraged to apply. The scheme is however open to others students from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate that they can make the most of the opportunity. We expect there to be much competition for the limited number of places so please take time to fill out the form fully.  If you have any questions, please speak to the Careers team.

What is expected of you? 

The SEEDS program runs for 6 months and will likely start in mid-October  2017 and end in mid-April 2018. You will need to commit to attending ALL the meetings and working on objectives set. You are the only person who can get your business career off the ground so being proactive is an essential requirement.

You will take responsibility for arranging Mentoring meetings, although we will of course match you with a suitable Mentor. This is a 'learn by doing' program which is why the results have been so impressive. 

Workshops take place on Tuesday afternoons and you will be expected to attend approximately 1 per month, plus one mentor meeting per month and regular coaching sessions depending on your needs. Exact dates of sessions will be made available at the start of the program.

We will have a final show of everyone’s work at the end of the program in March 2018 which you will arrange as a group to showcase your work. 

What did previous participants say about the scheme?

Download the brochure from 2014/15 and  brochure from 2015/16  to see who was involved and what they had to say about their mentors seeds booklet.

Download the 2016/17 Brochure to  see with this year participants had to say.

How to apply

Applications for SEEDS 2017/18 are now closed. Please come back in May 2018 when applications are likely to open again


Why are we targeting dyslexic and neuro-diverse students?

SEEDS is inspired by the research of Professor Julie Logan into what great entrepreneurs dyslexics make. Watch the videos below to watch Professor Julie Logan’s talk at Ravensbourne and see our coach, Judi Stewart, talk about the role of coaching with dyslexic entrepreneurs.


Dyslexia by Julie Logan
Owner: Tony Longe 

Professor Julie Logan shares her findings on dyslexia and why dyslexics make such great entrepreneurs


Dyslexia by Judi Stewart
Owner: Tony Longe  

Judi Stewart "Daring to be different". SEEDS coach Judi Stewart on Dyslexia and business


Dyslexia discussion
Owner: Tony Longe 

Plenary discussion about Dyslexia at the end of the event


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