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


Our aim is to make your latter work years your best yet

Not for Profit

Research Based


We are an innovative and exciting not for profit, supporting and connecting people like you, who want to work and build more purpose and meaning into their lives. Older really can be wiser and the possibilities to explore and do new things  have never been more exciting.

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.


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.