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Supporting individuals to develop their business ideas


If you are at an early stage of developing a new business but you haven’t quite firmed up your business idea, then DABS Labs is for you.

This innovative workshop will help you to shape and build confidence in your idea and potentially generate new income streams.

We have some great tools and techniques to help you to turn your ideas into real commercial opportunities using design thinking, innovation and the potential of market disruption.

DABS Labs is part of the programme to help pre-start businesses suceed in County Durham.

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Workshop Objectives

To take participants who are at the early stage of a business idea through a peer to peer process of sharing that business idea and then developing it into a rounded Durham ambitious business startup by:

  • Communicating their business idea in a short concise pitch
  • Define and refine the business model
  • Visualising their business model
  • Develop a 30, 60 and 90 day pre start plan to make the business real
  • Refine and develop your business idea blueprint
  • Follow-on 1-to-1 support

Business Outcomes

Each participant will leave the workshop being able to or improve their ability to:

  • Refine and develop a business concept
  • Communicate business ideas
  • Understand different business models
  • Visualise business models and revenue streams
  • Planning a business startup

Joining the DABS pre-start programme

Am I eligible?

To join the DABS pre-start programme, you must:

  • Be a resident of County Durham looking to launch a business in the County Durham region.
  • Be committed to the challenge of setting up a new business.
  • Have the drive, capability and desire to grow your business rapidly.
  • Be willing to be challenged and explore opportunities to help you build the best business possible.
  • Have a high level of business integrity.

Sound like you? Register your interest in the programme >

Not for you?

Already started your business? Check out the DABS programme for early stage businesses.

Not the right time? Contact our team to discuss your options.

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Take the first step in turning your business idea into reality.