Edventure Start-Up Course

Edventure start up team

Edventure offer a practical, 11- week experience in community entrepreneurship and turning ideas into reality.

About these courses

A practical 11 week part time course in community entrepreneurship – learn how to turn ideas into reality, gain lots of transferable skills, meet like minded people, grow confidence, and set up or boost a local community enterprise. Open to  those who learn best by doing and are up for a challenge.

The Next Challenge

Can we extend the concept of libraries of books to libraries of things? Imagine a library where you could borrow anything from tools to toys to clothes. Or a fridge where anyone in the community could share extra food that would otherwise go to waste. But what about unavoidable food waste? Should we send it miles away to be composted or keep it in Frome and create jobs? Share Shop, the Community Fridge, and Loop are just some of the successful Frome community initiatives born from past Start-up challenges. Now, we’re looking for our next team to work on our next Start-Up challenge, creating an enterprise that will boost Frome’s vibrancy, sustainability, fairness, and community spirit.  Are you up for the challenge?

Dates and Times

Start-up runs for 11 weeks, Monday to Thursday 9.15am-2.45pm.  We run one Start-up September to November each year and a second from April to June each year.

Who is Start-up for?

This course is perfect for people who:

  • want to build skills, gain experience, and establish a supportive network
  • are looking for a livelihood that matters to them
  • feel stuck in their jobs and want to try something new
  • are returning to work and need a confidence boost
  • are entrepreneurial and want to learn how to bring their ideas to life
  • want to have fun, forge meaningful connections, and have a positive impact in the world

The course is open to all ages, with the majority of places reserved for people aged 18 to 35.


You do not need to pay to participate in Start-up, however, Start-up is not free.  When you enroll you receive a bursary which covers the £1700 cost of your place.  This bursary is paid directly to Edventure.

We also want to know that you are committed. Once you have received a conditional offer after the interview, your challenge will be to help raise funds and resources for the start-up you will be working on as a team of students. You can set your own target as to how much you think you are able to raise (dependent on circumstances, your support network etc). You will need to prepare a fundraising plan, which we will discuss at your interview.


Register for this course at www.edventurefrome.org/start-up.  Places are given on a rolling basis – apply early for the best chance to get a place.

What previous Start-Up students say


Watch this short video featuring previous Edventure: Start-Up students.

Edventure Start-Up Course

The Welsh Mill Hub, Park Hill Drive Frome, BA11 2LE