Frequently Asked Questions.

General questions.

A social enterprise is a business that exists to solve societal problems or achieve an aim that benefits the community that the business operates in.

Social enterprises are not charities and therefore they cannot accept donations. Instead, a social enterprise raises funds through selling products and services and reinvests it’s profits back into the business.

Orbit Enterprise Education Ltd is a social enterprise and our mission is to support the world’s next generation of entrepreneurs. We have an asset lock in place (meaning that directors cannot transfer funds outside the business for their personal use) and 100% of the money we earn is spent on the operations of our business courses.

Orbit has two revenue streams. We receive funds from our sponsors who help to cover the costs of administrating Orbit’s courses. We are sponsored by large corporations, local businesses, and successful entrepreneurs.

Our secondary revenue stream covers the direct cost of delivering a course (including training textbooks, local course administration, etc) and is paid by the students that participate on our course. Participation in the business incubator course costs £100 (GBP) and participation in Orbit Gateway costs £40 (GBP).

We believe that it is important that students from all walks of life receive support from Orbit regardless of their financial situation. Therefore, students on the business incubator course can opt to spread the participation costs over a 3-6 month period. This means that students can access the course for as little as £16.99 (GBP) per month.

In 2019 Orbit introduced it’s decentralised chapter model. Previously, Orbit’s courses were managed centrally from Orbit’s team based in Glasgow.

The introduction of the chapter model allows any qualified entrepreneur, business owner, or professional the opportunity to receive a license to run Orbit’s course in their town or city. After a chapter manager passes our mandatory security checks, they are given training on how to start and manage their own chapter.

Chapter managers are allocated a relationship manager from Orbit’s team in Glasgow to oversee the development of their chapter. Chapter managers are responsible for managing a team of business mentors and delivering the Orbit course in their region.

Once a chapter manager is ready to move on from their role with Orbit, a new chapter manager steps in and takes over the management of the chapter.

Orbit’s courses are designed and developed in Scotland. We consult with leading business figures, psychologists, and professionals (such as accountants) when developing our course content.

We have given priority to the experience of our orbiteers when designing the content of our courses. Our training sessions and course material is designed to be fun and engaging, and the training material in Orbit’s courses have come from the direct experience of some of the UK’s wealthiest and most successful entrepreneurs. 

Questions regarding the business incubator course.

There is no need to worry about failure. Most of the businesses that are launched through Orbit don’t require large amounts of capital and you won’t be burdened with loan agreements or expensive exit clauses from contracts. 

With Orbit’s support, you won’t experience any long term financial damage in the event of business failure. Your business mentor will ensure that you steer away from pitfalls (such as expensive loan agreements) as you build your business. Our team are available at any point (even after completing our courses) should you require assistance.

Most Orbiteers that don’t have a business idea when they join Orbit. Our team of business mentors will work with you to help you find a commercially viable business idea.

It costs £100 (GBP) to participate in Orbit’s business incubator course. You can opt to pay in one lump sum before starting the course or alternatively you can pay the full sum in monthly installments.*

If we accept your application you’ll receive a link to confirm your space on the business incubator course and access our secure payment processing platform.

You will not be charged for making an application or if your application isn’t accepted. We have a 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your experience on the business incubator course.

*Subject to extra charges.

There are no requirements for you to invest any money in your business. If your business requires investment to get started, your mentor will help you find an investor (or an alternative source of funds) to help you get started.

Most Orbiteers launch businesses that have low (if any) start-up costs.

Absolutely! When applying for Orbit be sure to include details about your prospective business partners in the online application form.

Questions from parents.

Most of our chapters hold meetings in the center of their respective cities with transport links in close proximity to the venue. Orbiteers are required make their own transport arrangements. Please contact your chapter manager by clicking here if you have any questions regarding the venue and it’s location.

The safety and security of our orbiteers is our highest priority. We conduct security checks on our mentors and chapter managers and have strict child protection policies in place.

If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a young person on our course please contact us. All reports will be kept anonymous.

Yes, you can pay Orbit’s course fees on behalf of your son/daughter. We will send them a confirmation email with a link to our secure payment gateway.

Questions from business mentors.

You don’t need to be a business owner to join our mentoring teams. We welcome anyone with experience in the following to our mentoring teams:

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Business management.
  • Logistics, operations, and supply chain management.
  • Finance, investment, and banking.
  • Law and the legal profession.
  • Accountancy and bookkeeping. 
  • Human resources and management.
  • Sales and marketing.
  • Website development, mobile application development, and related roles.
  • Insurance.
  • Any other roles (with transferable skills) that could benefit our orbiteers.

Business mentors are expected to attend nine Orbit sessions over the course of five months.

The first session is classed as a mentor training session where you’ll learn about the role, ask questions, and meet with your fellow mentors and chapter manager.

You’ll be allocated four Orbiteers to work with during their time on Orbit’s course and you’ll meet with them every two weeks during the chapter sessions (please consult with the information page on your local chapter for information on dates/times). 

It’ll take around three hours in total every fortnight to be a business mentor on Orbit’s mentoring team.

Orbit is a social enterprise and most of the people involved in our organisation are volunteers. Generally, business mentors receive no financial compensation for being part of our business mentoring team however some chapters do provide payments for business mentors.

Please consult with your chapter manager for more information.

The safety and security of our orbiteers is our highest priority. We cannot allow anyone that has a criminal record or has been disqualified from working with children to join our mentoring teams.

Security checks will be carried out after you are accepted to join Orbit’s mentoring team and you’ll be required to abide by Orbit’s code of conduct.

Questions from teachers.

Your school or college will nominate a ‘lead teacher’ who has the responsibility of introducing the course to students. 

After you submit your application we’ll send you posters, flyers, booklets and our promotional video for display in your college or school. You can also book one of our team members to visit the school and deliver a presentation. 

Interested students can apply to the course on our website and you’ll be given regular progress updates on the development of your students by logging into your account.

It’ll take around an hour of your time to establish Orbit in your school or college, and the average partner will have between five and ten students participating in the course at any given time.

Partnering with Orbit is completely free for schools and colleges. 

We charge course fees to cover the direct cost of delivering a course (including training textbooks, local course administration, etc) and is paid by the students that participate on our course. Participation in the business incubator course costs £100 (GBP).

We want to keep Orbit’s course open to students from all walks of life, regardless of their financial situation. Therefore, students on the business incubator course can opt to spread the participation costs over a 3-6 month period. This means that students can access the course for as little as £16.99 (GBP) per month. Discounts can be provided for students from low income families.

100% of our income gets reinvested into covering the costs of administrating and running our courses.

The safety and security of our orbiteers is our highest priority. We conduct security checks on our mentors and chapter managers and have strict child protection policies in place.

If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a young person on our course please contact us. All reports will be kept anonymous.

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