EXCITED ABOUT GETTING OLDER?

our Story

How did it begin...


Lucy met Harris at a social enterprise dinner. Both were working separately to help people make better career choices. They'd both identified their users were mostly over 50 - a time in people's lives when the drive to change is greatest but where employer support is weakest. This was validated by Emma Jones (MBE), who - as founder of Startup Britain and Enterprise Nation, had similarly recognised a lack of support for older entrepreneurs.

To counterbalance society's obsession with youth, we've formed a Partnership to celebrate and support those wanting to make work a positive part of their lives.

Brave Starts CIC is a not for profit organisation

Our business structure prevents us from being driven by profit: when you join our programmes, we create opportunities for you to spend time talking to, meeting or shadowing experts doing the job you want to explore. If a corporate employee spends time with you, we make a donation to their corporate charity. If you shadow a successful business owner, we pay for the opportunity cost of their time. By working with us, you 'give as you learn'.

Give As You Learn

"Up to 30% of our fees support charities and small businesses"

A successful track record of launching over 3,500 businesses

Focused on the needs of people over 50

A dynamic community of over 100,000 members

Shadowing opportunities with the best UK businesses

Meet the team

Harris Karim

Co Founder
Tech Lead

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Anna Streule

Co Founder
Editor and Comms

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Lucy Standing

Co Founder
Strategy and Partnerships

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We partner with the best

Lucy-Rose Walker

Enterprise Programme Lead

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Gayle Mann

Enterprise Programme Lead

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Steve Purnell

Career Change Programme Lead

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Emma Jones MBE

Founder - Enterprise Nation

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Advisory Board

Ian Tracey

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David Blackburn

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Micheal Easton

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Baroness Ros Altmann

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Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of over 100,000 members nationwide. Our partnership gives you access to a nationwide network of entrepreneurs and business start up support services.

Free Agent's award winning, powerful and easy-to-use accounting software for UK businesses brings everything together – from invoices and expenses to Self Assessment tax forms.

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Become a Brave Starter with us!

We are always looking for brave people who want to help people succeed in their life aspirations. If you can regularly commit a few hours a week, please send us an email to hello@bravestarts.com with your background (preferably LinkedIn) and why you would like to join our mission and team.