BIMM Launch Greenhouse Enterprise Fund25 May 2021 - Press release
BIMM Institute is partnering with Remi Harris Consulting and Creative United to improve the equality of opportunity for entrepreneurial students and graduates with its new Greenhouse Enterprise Programme.
Launching in June 2021, the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme provides training, coaching, and funding for entrepreneurial projects designed by students from underrepresented groups. These include Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities, students from lower-income backgrounds and areas of low participation in Higher Education; students with disabilities; care-leavers; and mature students.
The programme will be managed by Kashi Chellen, BIMM’s new Talent Match co-ordinator for Inclusion and Diversity. Working as part of BIMM’s Talent and Employability team, Kashi will identify students who have fantastic business ideas and enrol them on a programme of development that will help them realise their business potential.
As a young woman of colour working her way through the music industry, Kashi is no stranger to facing challenges and has her eyes set on carving out a more diverse space where inclusivity is a priority. Kashi is passionate about creating work opportunities that give an authentic experience of the music industry and nurturing the business ideas of self-starters.
Greenhouse entrepreneurs will firstly enrol on the Creative Business Essentials course run by Remi Harris MBE, an award-winning trainer and business advisor to the Creative Industries. The course will cover all the essential elements our new entrepreneurs will need to know – from registering a business and building awareness to contracts, business bank accounts, taxes, collaborations and values.
“Creative Business Essentials aims to demystify the things that new business owners can find a headache, including managing their finances, getting new business and handling growth,” says Remi. “It has had great feedback from young creative entrepreneurs, and I'm excited to bring the training to the Greenhouse entrepreneurs from BIMM".
Once the course is completed, they will join Creative United for exclusive one-to-one coaching sessions. Creative United has an extensive network of business coaches with experience in supporting the creative industries. They will help BIMM Institute students implement what they learned and put it into action – creating a plan for their business and getting it into the market.
Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programmes at Creative United: “Creative United is thrilled to be partnering with BIMM and Remi Harris to provide advice, coaching and guidance to our future music industry business leaders.
“As a Community Interest Company, we strive to enable those in the creative and arts sectors to achieve their ambitions for growth and impact with their enterprises. We look forward to meeting the participants of the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme and helping them develop their skills, confidence and business plans.
In the final stage of the programme, all entrepreneurs who complete the Greenhouse Enterprise Programme will receive funding from BIMM, allocated by a panel of industry experts. The experts will be convened by Creative United and drawn from the world of funding and investment for the creative sector.