17th July 2013 - Startup honoured to receive the Howard League for Penal Reform award in the Education, Training and employment category.

Startupnow for Women

In 2010 Startup launched the Startupnow for Women project and during the past 5 years it has delivered outcomes to over 1000 women and supported 252 into self-employment. Those that don’t go onto to self-employment are signposted to alternative training or formal employment. The project is proving hugely successful with, thus far, only 1 woman re-offended amongst those that have become self-employed.

The new Breaking the Cycle project is going to build on this success, extending delivery to work with 200 unemployed, homeless young women keen to turn their lives around. They will be offered life skills and employability training and the chance to learn more about becoming self-employed through peer mentor workshops and an invaluable 'day in the life' of a past Startup client who has set up her own successful business. These include, so far, a florist, chocolate maker, web designer, holistic beauty therapist and a fitness trainer.

Success stories

In November 2007 Barbara wrote to Startup with an outline of her plan for setting up a mobile hairdressing business. On her release she met up with a Startup business adviser to discuss her ideas. Read more…


We are looking for empathetic people willing to provide support and encouragement to our clients. You're not expected to be a business adviser, simply volunteer to develop a supportive relationship. Read more…