Digital Business Academy

Free online courses to help start, grow or join a digital business

Startup skills made simple

Looking to launch a digital business or work at a high-growth startup? Learn the digital skills required to work in the fast-growing UK tech sector with our bitesize course.

Digital Business Academy

"The Digital Business Academy helped me understand what was needed when raising my first investment, I recommend this to first time founders as this has been essential to the growth of my startup."

— Chris Gyamfi, Founder & CEO, Osess

Join over 20,000 entrepreneurs in training

  • Learn a new skill in 15 minutes with one of our short courses, complete them anytime, anywhere
  • A range of learning paths to match your goals
  • A certificate upon completion
  • Earn points to unlock rewards
  • Join our community

Become an expert

Brand & Comms

  • Build a strong brand
  • Succeed with social media
  • Build an online community
  • Develop brand equity

Ideas & Product

  • Speak the language of entrepreneurs
  • Manage a digital product
  • Test your product

Marketing & Sales

  • Plan your marketing
  • Master marketing channels
  • Run marketing campaigns
  • Get customers to love you

Operations & Finance

  • Launch a digital business
  • Understand startup finance
  • Measure startup performance

A new skill is its own reward, but we'd still like to give you a little extra motivation!

Gain a certificate with every course you complete

And don't forget to show them off on LinkedIn

Digital Business Academy

"Damn I can sell Zest like no tomorrow, but it’s hard to really put into words how cool the Digital Business Academy is..."

— Kevin Shingles, Co-Founder, Zest

Digital Business Academy

“'The Digital Business Academy hugely helped me when I was in the early stages of launching my company. Understanding the metrics through which to monitor growth and performance and creating an effective marketing plan are two examples of how I used the DBA to bolster my company's growth."

— Toby Fox, Founder, Moorspace

Created in collaboration with:

Sarah Wood, Co-Founder & Chair of Unruly tells us about the value she sees in the Digital Business Academy

We've run #DBALive sessions, putting the Digital Business Academy courses into action, helping founders with real business challenges in regional workshops

We’re collaborating with the Libraries Taskforce and the British Library’s Business & IP Centre to help make the Digital Business Academy as accessible as possible

(Pssst… you might spot brands other than Tech Nation on your journey through our website. Why? We used to be Tech City UK and Tech North but we've merged to become Tech Nation, and like all good makeovers, the full transformation will take a little time).

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