Peer-To-Peer Support For Early-Stage Startups

6th May 2020 - 11:59 pm
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A facilitated group for individuals who are all at a similar stage in their business or organisation, comprising of four 3 hour sessions.

About this Event

Please note that due to current restrictions as a result of COVID-19, this peer-to-peer group will initially meet online via Zoom.

What is a Peer-to-peer group?

A Peer-to-peer group is a facilitated group of individuals who are all at a similar stage in their business or organisation.

What can I expect from the Peer to Peer Group?
A safe, supportive and confidential environment to share experiences, challenges and knowledge with a group of like-minded peers.
The group will be facilitated by an experienced business mentor, who will guide the sessions, challenge your thinking and be a safe critic.
The opportunity to make lasting, meaningful connections and friendships.
Gain insight and knowledge surrounding key strategic topics.

The initial session will focus on a Lean Canvas model geared towards social enterprises. The themes and topics of future sessions will be shaped by commonalities and outliers that are identified from this initial session and will help you to delve deeper into your business and think strategically.

Who is it for?

Anyone who is at the early stages of growing a social enterprise, charity or purposeful business and is seeking to benefit from the support, connections and knowledge-sharing that can be gained from a peer group setting.

Terms & Conditions

You must have already incorporated your business or registered with HMRC to be eligible, and we will ask you to complete a short questionnaire upon registration to assess compatibility and suitability. You may receive a phone call as part of the application process. Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Participants must be prepared to commit to all four 3 hour sessions across 5 months, starting in May 2020. Due to the current restrictions on movement, these sessions will initially convene online, but it is hoped that the group will then be able to meet in person. For this reason it is important that you are able to travel to the Eco Business Centre, Bicester OX27 8BL.

The sessions will be on:

1400 – 1700 Wednesday 6th May 2020

1400 – 1700 Wednesday 17th June 2020

1400 – 1700 Wednesday 29th July 2020

1400 – 1700 Wednesday 9th September 2020

Facilitator – Peter Trott

As a partner of Afallen LLP Peter is developing a practise to deliver sustainable development in Wales, the implementation of sustainable approaches in organisations and of Future Generations Act across Wales.

He is also: Chair and trustee of Cardiff and Vale Citizen’s Advice Bureau and sits on the Cyrmu national advisory committee; Chair of Accelerator cohorts for the last 3 years; a coach and mentor for start-up founders seeking to innovate and accelerate their growth in both the profit and not for profit sectors; on an investment panel of two of Wales’s leading social enterprise investment funds.

More on Peter’s career can be found here

The Hub

TownSq is one of six social enterprise Hubs partnering with the eScalate programme. It is a certified B Corporation, committed to helping people to start and run their own businesses.

In September 2019 they launched a co-working community at the Eco Business Centre, based in the eco village of Elmsbrook, near Bicester.

For more information about the eScalate programme , visit

Please note that this course is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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