Turn your
business idea
into reality
in just 8 weeks

Learn how to start a business with the leading online course aimed at people aged 50+ and benefit from being part of our community of older business owners.

Register now and turn your idea into a business

Our next course starts on 10th September. Register now. Some sponsored places are available.

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Start your business

Our 8-session course includes concise, step-by-step video tutorials, supplemental worksheets and other resources to help you start and grow your business

Not for profit

Startup School is a not-for-profit created to support older people to discover new pathways to employment. All profits are reinvested in the business. Ask about our bursary programme if you require financial help to attend the course.

Join the network

Become part of a supportive community of older business owners and access a range of benefits and services to help your business grow

Meet your mentors

Suzanne Noble is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, who started her first business at 27 and has a string of successes (and a few failures) under her belt. With a background of over 20 years in PR & Marketing, she’ll give you tips and advice and help you to feel confident about how you get the word out about your new business.

Suzanne Noble Co-creator SSfS

Mark Elliott is a well-established business coach who has also had his share of successful and not so successful businesses. Since becoming a coach, he has helped transform the lives of hundreds of people – just like you – finding ways to create time to deliver more profit from their passion. A natural teacher and facilitator, Mark thrives on helping others to succeed.

Mark Elliott Co-creator SSfS

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Startup School for Seniors has helped individuals like you learn the essential skills they need to build a company from scratch.

Course content

The course covers all aspects of business from testing your idea, finding customers, financing and so much more – taught by those who have been there and done it.


Each week you’ll meet up on Zoom with your fellow students to share how you’re getting on, with the chance to ask for advice from others on the same business journey as you.

What people are saying

For me, it was really useful to have the structure, time and space to question what I was doing and how I was doing it.

Helen Smith Made of Moxie

Suzanne Noble and Mark Elliott provided me with the help and advice I needed to start my life again and my own company.

Max Wallace Health Defence

Our Partners

Ealing Future Camden Fund Greater London Authority Hamersmith & Fulham Paul Hamlyn Foundation Petit Miracles unltd
Startup School for Seniors Partners
Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

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