The aspiring business owners who join Startup Peterborough will be able to access a 12-session programme run over three months, with topics covered including finance, intellectual property, pitching to investors, marketing, social media and sustainability.
At the end of the programme, all participants can apply for the Startup Peterborough awards, with prizes on offer from expert partners who have helped Opportunity Peterborough get the course going: CityFibre, Flexspace, Peterborough Workspace, XL Displays, Anglia Capital Group, and the Business and Intellectual Property Centre based at Central Library.
Tom Hennessy, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough said: "Peterborough has one of the highest levels of business startup rates in the UK, and we want to help them grow and succeed.
"Setting up a new business can be daunting so we’ve brought together some of the most trusted experts from in and around the city who are passionate about supporting new businesses.
"As part of Startup Peterborough, we’re working with them to provide comprehensive guidance and best practice to people who have set up a new business, or who want some expert support as they refine their ideas and business plans."
Gary Porter, head of libraries, archives and culture at Cambridgeshire County Council added: "We are really excited about sponsoring Startup Peterborough because it is at our core to support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
"The programme is going to provide a fantastic opportunity to entrepreneurs in Peterborough who will receive some crucial support with getting their businesses off the ground.
"It’s an incredibly timely opportunity given the challenges a lot of people will be facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic."
The first cohort begins this Thursday (May 27), with a second group set for the autumn. New business owners, entrepreneurs, and people with new business ideas can register to take part free of charge by visiting www.startuppeterborough.org.