Digital Business Academy

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

Startup skills made simple

Looking to join, launch or grow a digital business? Learn the skills you need with our bitesize courses

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 25,000 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

Find courses on marketing and sales, ideas and products, brand and communications, people and talent, operations and finance.

Aspiring stage

  • Raising your first investment funds
  • Making a basic product to test
  • How entrepreneurs move from idea to action

Early stage

  • How to select your route to market
  • How to get the first 100 customers (b2c)
  • How to optimise company culture to retain talent

Mid stage

  • What it takes to raise your series B
  • Scaling your business to a new country
  • Building a talent pipeline for rapid scaling

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

"The DBA’s bite-sized content and live events make it easy for me to gain the skills I need to help Branswer achieve its ambitious goals."

— Kayla Herbert, Founder, Branswer

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

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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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