Information for Parents

We understand you’ll probably have lots of questions about us and the program we offer. So we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions from parents.

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What is Start Me Up?

We help undergraduates and recent graduates learn in-demand skills. By organizing structured programs across several locations, we provide students with a structured, safe and supportive educational experience.

Who is behind Start Me Up?

Start Me Up was founded and is run by Clare Harrison, a future of work enthusiast and former business editor with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. The program has been developed in conjunction with an experienced educational board comprising PhD students and experts from industry from over five countries.  

Where have our alumni ended up?

Our students now work at McKinsey, Amazon, Google, Deloitte, PWC, Roland Berger, Capgemini – to name a few. Others have gone on to found and run their own businesses.

What happens during a Start Me Up program?

Our programs allow students to develop key workplace skills and get practical experience to help students get hired.

We’ve developed curricula on topics ranging from entrepreneurship and programming to UX. Students can attend workshops and complete materials while completing practical project work at a startup.

All students join as part of a group and receive training and onboarding before they start work. We also run workshops, field trips and additional trainings so students get exposure to a wide range of business areas, sectors and skills during their time with us.

What determines the length of the program?

In our experience, most students want to fit in as much learning as possible into a short time frame because many students on gap years or vacation breaks.

What is the aim of the program?

The aim is to equip young people with in-demand skills and experience that will fast-track their careers.

Working in conjunction with leading educators, we’ve run programs across three continents for students from Ivy League and Russell Group Universities including Cornell, Oxford, Cambridge and UCL.

How will my son or daughter be rewarded for their work?

We offer between five and ten hours of contact time a week which could be from mentors, instructors or via access to workshops.

How do you work with the students during the program?

Start Me Up mentors check in with all students regularly to make sure they are settling in well and to address any concerns they might have. Throughout the program we organize various group activities. 

What do the fees cover?

The fees cover screening, curriculum, interviews, support, the backing of an educational advisory board, insurance, workshop instructors, and workshops provided by professionals and entrepreneurs.

When are the fees due?

It’s completely free to apply. To then secure a place on one of our programs a registration fee will be required. The remaining amount of the program fee will then need to be paid 8 weeks before the program start date.

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