“Everyone needs a coach” – Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Let me help you focus on the right things to grow your startup.

I want to help founders make their startups amazing.

I’m offering coaching for a monthly price of just £599 to help you get to where you want to be.

I’ll deal with the problems specific to your situation, set relevant goals, and accelerate your company’s growth.

The coaching program includes education from my own background in running a startup to get you answers to questions you have, and action:

Setting goals and holding you accountable to ensure that what needs to get done gets done.

*Applications to start in May are now open*

This offer will close when I reach 5 applicants – apply asap to avoid disappointment.

Email me with a link to your startup, and your biggest current business problem, to: vincent.dignan@gmail.com

Leave your Skype name or phone number, I’ll call you back 🙂

Get in touch if you’re ready to make great things happen.

More information/questions you may have are answered below:

What does your coaching do/offer?

My coaching program looks at where your business is now, and where you want to get to.

Whether it’s your first customer, your first 1000 website visitors, getting into an accelerator, or your first round of seed funding,

I will push you to give yourself the best possible chance of making it happen.

The program is ongoing, between having an idea on a scrap of paper right up to Series A Funding.

(I may well be useful beyond Series A but want to focus on early-stage entrepreneurs for now, as this is the area I know best and where my passion lies).

You’ll receive a war chest of knowledge on getting investment, preparing to pitch, social media, user acquisition, getting website traffic, and many, many more areas.

I’m your shortcut to getting answers to the things which affect your company today.

You’ll receive practical advice and will be held accountable to hitting your goals. Whether pre or post-launch, you’ll receive expert instruction and support.

Regarding a curriculum or what we may be discussing: We could cover all of the below, we could cover one of them, we could cover none of them:

Idea generation

Pitching

Lean Startups and MVP’s

Finding a co-founder

Talking to customers/Networking

Business Model Design

Customer Development

Getting traffic

Growth

Funding & Legal

Team and advisory board

Marketing/Social Media/P.R.

Sales

There is no approach, and no standard coaching template. You yourself are the agenda and you are the approach.

We work on the difficult decisions you have to make, and enable you to focus on the right things.

Who is your coaching for?

Coaching is for anyone committed and serious about starting and/or growing their own business.

No-one needs coaching, but the question is whether you want coaching. Personally, I believe in coaching so much that I have had my own personal coach for ages.

It’s awesome to have someone who believes in me, and who holds me accountable for a bigger vision.

I love having someone who doesn’t believe in the negative stories I tell myself or the fears that hold me back on my side.

Not everyone wants that. Since having my own coach and completing the 3-month Techstars program, I’ve realised this service would be amazing for startup founders in particular: regular guidance, feedback, and accountability can really accelerate growth.

I’m basically looking to give something back and help some entrepreneurs who have amazing potential on the way up.

I’ve been helping a lot of founders out through my agency and wanted to go one step further and help founders one-on-one.

I’m not going to enrol everyone I talk to, there’s 5 loose criteria that I want them to meet: I must like you, you must be a good person.

You must be working on an interesting project or an inspiring mission, and must bring along a problem or challenge, as well as understanding the power of commitment.

Coaching creates miracles- all the top athletes and CEO’s use them. But you’ve got to be all in or nothing. Fancy it?

What does the programme consist of?

My coaching programme will help support your dreams, visions, and goals becoming a reality.

I’ll work on your pitch each week, work through any problems you’re having, offer feedback and advice where relevant, set goals for the week, and generally support you to help you grow your company.

I’m basically here to believe in you, even when you forget to believe in yourself. Nevertheless, this is what I require of you if you wish to receive my support.

I’ll be there to serve you, not please you. When we talk, it won’t be like talking to friends or people at networking events.

I will be your coach. I will hold nothing back, and will say things to you that no one else will say.

I’ll be grilling you when you miss targets, but we’ll also be celebrating wins together.

We do a 30-minute Skype call at the start of the month where we map the territory and begin to set your goals and targets for the week.

We check in the week after that on Gchat at a set time to discuss progress, any problems you have, and any resources I can make available to you.

It costs £599 a month. You’re paying that money not for the time we spend on Skype, talking online, or information I have, but to have breakthroughs.

We then repeat so we talk for 30 minutes one week, then do a Gchat the week after, so we essentially talk every two weeks and on Gchat every other week, and set actions for you to complete every week.

Who are the teachers?

I (Vincent Dignan) am the only teacher right now. I have a long history in content, social media, online marketing, and startups.

I setup my company (Magnific) two years ago, founding 2 content sites as part of Magnific; planetivy.com & screenrobot.com.

They have received over 20 million pageviews so far, and my company has raised over $350,000.

Last year I beat 1500+ other startups for Magnific to be accepted into prestigious accelerator Techstars London.

My company (Magnific) has driven thousands of followers, conversations, and signups for other companies, and my team of 750+ writers has written content for the likes of Mercedes, Burberry, Levi’s, and Smirnoff. I have given talks at conferences and events around the world, including at SXSW 2015, News: Rewired Journalism Conference, at Techstars and Techstars Barclays Accelerator, Oxygen Accelerator, General Assembly, Startup Institute, Social Media Week, and more.

I have upcoming talks with Digital Shoreditch, London Technology Week, Startup Britain, and SXSW V2V.

Basically, I’ve been through many of the challenges a startup founder will face (raising a seed round, getting into an accelerator, running a profitable company) so have a lot of practical advice to get things done. I wouldn’t be doing this if I hadn’t.

I really believe in that phrase “Never take advice from someone who has not done what you are trying to do.” All too often this is normally family members, friends, who give well-intentioned but misplaced and potentially damaging advice, as they don’t have the relevant experience in startups.

‘It was great to have Vincent Dignan in to mentor the Techstars London companies on social media strategy.

His deep knowledge on optimisation of every major social channel was hugely useful, and generated a lot of value’

– Mark Lazar, Director, Techstars

“Vincent joined General Assembly as a panelist for our digital marketing class after a recommendation – and he didn’t disappoint.

His presentation was engaging, informative and expertly delivered under seriously tight time restraints.

He was also extremely willing to share his own experiences of the start-up and content marketing worlds with our students.

Oh, and the man turned up wearing a cat t-shirt. What more could you ask for? Highly recommended.”

– Louise Potter, General Assembly

“Awesome to have Magnific here covering social media strategy, as Vincent really knows this space.

Hugely valuable to everyone here!”

– Jess Williamson, Director, Barclays Accelerator

Why will this work?

Studies have shown that when you’re held accountable to someone else you’re more likely to complete the task.

I can’t do your press ups for you, but I’ll oversee your weekly goals, and discuss any problems you’re having, just like an accelerator.

A Manchester consulting group study of Fortune 100 executives reported that “coaching resulted in a Return On Investment of almost six times the program cost as well as improvements in relationships, teamwork, job satisfaction and quality. Also, a recent survey by the Hay Group International stated that “between 25 and 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Executive coaches”. We’ve set the pricepoint this low so that as many founders can see if it’s right for them as possible.

We’ll learn along the way too, but the amount of knowledge you don’t know you don’t know leads to weeks or months wasting time doing the wrong things.

We’ll aim to stop you messing up on the basics so you can get to where you need to be faster.

How much does it cost?

£599 a month.

Honestly, I just like talking to founders about their ideas and want a reason to do this more often- it feels good when people tell me they liked my feedback or implemented it and improved their companies, from the talks I’ve given or people I’ve met at networking events.

How do I apply?

Email me here (on vincent.dignan@gmail.com) and we’ll set up a time for a Skype call.

We’ll explore what you want to achieve, your personal goals for your business, any problems you currently have, setting a path to success, and how I can help.

It was a big step for me deciding to get a coach when I was stuck in a rut, but it’s helped me in a massive way.

It really helps to have someone neutral, outside of your influence sphere, to talk to and discuss ideas.

Get in touch with me and let’s get going! 🙂

“Stop dreaming?

People who say that are blaspheming

They’re doing nine to five and moaning

And they don’t want you succeeding when they’ve blown it

And your idols – who are they?

They too dreamt about their day

Positive steps will see your goals.

Whether it’s dollars or control, feel the gold”

– The Streets, “Stay Positive”