Entrepreneurs Wanted

LaunchReading helps new businesses in Reading by offering free access to community support to help you get started

Business Training  |   Mentors  |  Networking |  Funding

Free Business Training in Reading, Berkshire

Free Business Training

10 classes of 3 hours each

LaunchReading provides experienced mentors to those starting a new business


An assigned mentor from the business community



Network with other entrepreneurs and business owners

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Help with finding sources for loans and grants

Interested? Learn If You Qualify

Our Mission

LaunchReading helps new businesses in Reading by supporting and developing entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in the Reading area, by providing free opportunities to obtain business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.

Please apply  for our next class.  

Our Story

LaunchREADING is the first of the LaunchMyCity family of programs in the UK, modeled after LaunchDETROIT and LaunchRALEIGH, in the USA.  We strive to develop successful local entrepreneurs by expanding access to comprehensive business training, and financial and business resources.

LaunchMyCity is supported by Rotary, a community service and global humanitarian organization located in over 200 countries.

Partners and supporters of Businesses in Reading

Our network of local and national partners provide a broad network of support and resources for our entrepreneurs.

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ConnectReading builds connections between businesses and the community


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Learn More At Our Upcoming Information Sessions

Info Session #1

Thursday 25th August,
Changed to Zoom on

Wednesday 7th September


Please register to receive Zoom meeting details.

Info Session #2

Tuesday 27th September,


Reading Voluntary Action 
Training Room
3rd Floor, 
Reading Central Library, 
Reading RG1 3BQ

Info Session #3

Monday 1st October,


Please register below to receive Zoom details

Info Session #4

Tuesday 11th October,


Reading Voluntary Action 
Training Room
3rd Floor, 
Reading Central Library, 
Reading RG1 3BQ

Class Schedule


Watch this space for schedule details

Ready to Join?

We're looking to partner with current small business owners who would benefit from the combination of business and financial resources that we provide. Entrepreneurs with great new business ideas will be welcomed.

Become A Mentor

Having a successful mentor relationship can play a critical role in the future success of our students, and can be extremely fulfilling for the mentor. Learn more about the role and mentorship opportunity.