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DABS Pioneers

Helping you launch and scale your new business


If you are close to launching a new business and have a business idea in mind, then DABS Pioneers is for you.

We can work with you to sense-check your idea, explore the market potential and customer experience to really refine your ambitious business blueprint. We will help you to get started on a firm foundation with a view to scaling-up and growing your business.

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

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Workshop Objectives

To take participants through a peer-to-peer process of sharing their business proposition and refining it into a market-ready Durham ambitious business start-up by:

  • Communicating their business idea in a short concise pitch
  • Breaking the barriers to starting and scaling from the first sale to multiple sales and profit
  • Define and refine the value to customers
  • Visualising their value proposition
  • Examine and develop Customer journeys
  • Develop a 30, 60 and 90-day plan to secure first sales and launch of the business
  • Follow-on bespoke 1-to-1 support

Business Outcomes

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

  • Communicate business proposition and value to customers
  • Designing customer experience
  • Communicate business marketing, operations and finance strategy
  • Planning a business start-up.

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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