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DABS Sprint DABS Sprint

Helping you launch and scale your new business in just 28 days


The DABS Sprint is an intensive, but bespoke 28-day fast track start-up programme designed to take you from an idea to being business ready over a 4 week period.

The programme contains 4 half-day live facilitated workshops that will enable you to put your business idea through its paces; we will help you test your business model and design the end to end customer journey plus a lot more. Workshops are complemented with personal 1-2-1 meetings with your dedicated business advisor.

If you are serious about starting up an ambitious business that you want to grow and scale then this innovative programme is for you!

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

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Workshop Objectives

  • Fast track your ideas to business concept and launch
  • Create a realistic path to raising finance and explore all the options
  • Figure out what problems you solve and what value you add
  • Map your customer journey through your customers’ eyes
  • Develop a sales and cash-flow forecast
  • Define your business model to visualise how it will operate day to day
  • Explore the possibilities of scale and year on year growth
  • Dedicated business advisor to provide 1-2-1 support with writing your business plan

Business Outcomes

  • Be business ready in 28 days
  • Produced a defined business plan
  • Sales & Cashflow forecast ready to go
  • Detailed action plan to set realistic and achievable milestones
  • Be ready to apply and source business finance to launch

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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