The PopUp Digital Agency captures the energy of the digital revolution that is sweeping the globe. It brings industry trainers, work experience and digital skills into your school or college.

What you get

PopUp bridges the gap between education and employment in the creative and digital sector by using industry trainers to deliver a fun experiential learning programme to students.

  • 30 hours of learning, making, pitching and work experience
  • Timetabled in collaboration with school
  • Full day sessions
  • Industry trainer
  • Industry tools and techniques
  • Digital agency environment
  • Digital Business Product
  • Graduation with prizes and certificates

The curriculum

Through the use of industry techniques and tools, our curriculum challenges students to develop creative thinking, problem solving, storytelling & business modelling skills.

Creative thinking 

 Business idea generation

Day 1 is dedicated to unlocking the creative thinking of the group.  Through a series of fun activities and industry standard tools such as Brainwriting we show every participant how to come up with a creative business idea.

Creative thinking

Market research - test your ideas

You might have a great idea but you then need to make sure there’s a market for it.  This is where you test your ideas. There are two methods - primary and secondary research.  Primary research sees participants ask their target market directly for their thoughts via a survey.  Secondary research done to back-up your thinking is then stored on Wakelet - an online app for managing and storing their information which is then embedded into team’s product website.   


Marketing Website & Social Media

 One of the most important things for any business is how it’s marketed. Central to this is a website. Each PopUp Digital Agency we create will build their own Wordpress website where they showcase the project work produced over the 5 days.


Business planning

 Every business needs a plan.  That’s why we work with our groups on developing their business model canvas.  A great place to start is Canvaniser - an easy to use tool that can be edited to suit individual business needs.


Project management

The PopUp Digital Agency runs as just that - an Agency working on a project to deadline.  For that reason it’s crucial it is managed to ensure all tasks are working to schedule. The Project Manager will use Trello (or sometimes a Kanban Board) to oversee all elements and make sure the Day 5 deadline is met.


Branding and identity

 You can have a brilliant product but it’s needs a strong brand identity.  The marketing and design sub-team will be charged with creating a brand that reflects the business product and target market.  We’ll work with them to prototype designs using Canva to produce a range of early ideas.



 Speaking of prototyping, what about the app itself? There’s an easy to use application for smartphones/tablets where the tech team will create a working prototype of their app idea.  Not only can this be demonstrated in their video pitch but is a crucial for gaining constructive feedback when speaking to potential users during primary research.


Crowd funding

 We’re not only creating projects for the week, but looking for participants to think beyond - what’s next?  A popular way for getting businesses off the ground is crowdfunding. As well as Kickstarter, we look at Patreon and Indiegogo amongst others.



Video Storyboarding, script writing, audio capture & editing

 So you have a great business.  Now you need to be able to communicate why it’s the next big thing.  As well as the website, participants learn to storyboarding, scriptwriting, recording and editing skills as they create a 3 minute elevator pitch for their product.   

Presenting Video

"The teaching provided by DA was inspirational, differentiated and well informed. The trainer built a strong, professional and appropriate relationship with each student."

Paul Rogers: North Ridge High School

Take a look at some
amazing student business ideas

We have picked out a selection of projects devised and taken to pitch presentation by schools and colleges across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Stoke, West Yorkshire, Liverpool and Chesterfield.

  • LOK-R

    LOK-R is a secure system that makes it easy for students to collect and return valuable equipment, using an app on their phones. This idea is to enhance the way colleges, high schools and universities handle stuff like cameras, laptops and tablets. LOK-R allows people to access equipment safely and securely without the hassle of waiting for a member of staff.

  • Weebichibi

    Welcome to Weebichibi, our company has a big aim to get people to buy Animation Merchandise for a cheap price that also is not fake so therefore you are getting a good deal both ways.


    Want to Al-Locate those Allergies? Well, you’re in luck, this app can target those problems that can cause those allergies to be found, providing information on the foods you can eat safely and without worry!

  • RY-ME

    With over 1m people facing life with dementia, memory problems or even hectic lives, RY-ME has been designed to make life easy – no matter what age you are. Using state-of-the-art design, licensing NFC and RFID smart technology, RY-ME will bring reassurance, peace of mind and safety to its users.

  • GoFam

    Welcome to Gofam. our idea helps families spend more precious time together by creating shared fun-filled moments.

  • Copesy

    Welcome to Copesy, the app that is here to help those young people suffering with mental health challenges to realise that help truly is at hand.

  • Pexi

    Our app creates a community for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, grow networks and connect with new business partnerships. The app offers the ability to check your idea is original, produce new ideas and then allows you to copyright these ideas to secure them as your own.

  • Rapid Replies

    Rapid Replies is an app to help those who feel rude for ignoring their messages whilst revising or doing homework but also feel that it is a distraction.

  • Bus4Us

    Bus4Us is an easy-to-use mobile app that will allow users to see the location of buses in real-time, along with showing an estimated arrival time.
    Our interface allows travellers to track their bus so they know exactly when they need to set off and when they need to run for the bus.

    Bus4Us - Don't Wait, Don't Rush

  • Record Source

    Record Source is an innovative easy to use website, where you can locate a wide range of records, including hard to find releases and special editions. All of which come from our global partnered independent stores.

  • Trans-ition

    Trans-ition is an app designed to help young trans people find support and guidance through the often lonely process of gender transition.

  • Clear Mind

    The Clear Mind app helps users manage their anxiety and behaviour. It is very interactive, and monitors mental and emotional state, and offers multiple coping mechanisms to assist with varying issues.

  • B.O.B & Positive Possibilities

    At Positive Possibilities we aim to help teenagers who are suffering from mental health challenges. We work with schools , colleges and parents to support teenagers. We visit schools and colleges to deliver ambassadorial talks and share our message through the use of social media alongside interactive livestreams on services such as YouTube and twitch.

  • Festipal

    Festipal is an app focused on your safety and well being when attending festivals across the UK making the good times stress free for everyone

  • Artphilia

    Our Life Skills App helps young people get ready for adult working life by developing the 5 essential skills needed by employers:

    Problem Solving
    Team Work

  • Love2Cook

    Love2Cook is an app designed to support independent living amongst young people with special educational needs.  Spread across three sections, the app gives recipe ideas the you want to use the food you have in your cupboards, gives new recipes and shopping tips for when you want to branch out and has a range of videos and guides to make sure you prepare food and cook safely.

  • Movie Matrix

    Movie Matrix helps you find your perfect cinema experience whilst also saving you money. Our MM Members can also get access to exclusive in-app trailers, VIP movie nights and loyalty points.

    If you’re an independently ran cinema or you create pop-up or outdoor cinema events, ask us about our Partnerships Programme that can help you get more customers. Our app can promote your event as well as process bookings and payments.

  • LightBulb

    Our app creates a community for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas, grow networks and connect with new business partnerships. The app offers the ability to check your idea is original, produce new ideas and then allows you to copyright these ideas to secure them as your own.

  • KLBR

    KLBR has been designed to help people keep up with fashion and on trend by making clothes shopping easier using ‘Snap and go’.  See somebody wearing an item of clothing that you would like?  Simply snap a pic in the app and it will provide you links to where you can buy it online, even finding where it’s on offer and so making you a saving.

  • TrakAJacker

    With so many young people owning expensive phones, clothing and electronic devices, the project team realised that there was a gap in the market for tracking any ‘tagged’ expensive items that had been stolen. Whilst iPhone and Android have an inbuilt ‘find my’ facility this wasn’t available for laptops, notebooks or even expensive items of clothing, cycles, etc. The tracking would be provided through a small chipped sticker, which could be added to any item the user wanted to, it would then be registered with the TrakAJackr service. If the item was stolen, the owner could dial into their APP and find out where the stolen item was via GPS and get their stolen item back.

  • Surf-a-Sitter

    Surf-A-Sitter helps parents who want their social lives back by matching the right suited sitter to their family by using a profile-based preference service app.
    We are part of the family!

  • Art Ignite

    Dive into the world of art with art ignite. Meet other artists and help each other by posting your creations and gain likes and views. Learn from other arists, be noticed and be in love the with the work you produce. Starts with a tap of a button.

  • Trackkly

    Trackkly is a GPS tracking band that can be worn by anyone who is feeling threatened. Our project will alert a designated contact that you are worried about your safety, the exact location will be sent to this contact in hope they will take action to take away any fear. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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Gatsby Benchmarks

PopUp is informed by LMI and has been developed to help schools and colleges meet the Gatsby Benchmarks which are used as a tool by Ofsted inspectors when assessing the careers education information advice and guidance (CEIAG) offer of a given school or college. Here’s how PopUp can help your school.

  • 2. Learning from career & labour market information
    PopUp was developed using Labour Market Information and so as well as technical skills and knowledge, also provides participants with insight into the range of roles available; information on routes into and subsequent career progression. Our industry trainers are also able to provide answers on the day to day realities and demands of working in the sector.
  • 3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    PopUp welcomes students from all backgrounds and with a range of career goals. So that the project team ticks, we look for students with interests in and/or who show technical, research, marketing and project management/leadership skills. There’s something for every type of student and we continue to respond to that throughout the programme.
  • 4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    The programme involves all aspects of project management including business planning, budgeting, research, report writing, script-writing, filming and editing. All of these elements can be taken back to the subject classroom and linked to curriculum so that learning is more relatable and enjoyable for students.
  • 5. Encounters with employers and employees
    All PopUp trainers are current practitioners from the creative and digital industry, and so bring their own expertise and insight to the students in a series of meaningful encounters over the 5 days. The programme also lends itself to further external employer support where local businesses tied to the school can be invited in to deliver a masterclass sessions/talk on any range of related topics.
  • 6. Experience of workplaces
    PopUp creates an agency environment within a school. The agency takes students out of their school mode - in fact they become employees over the 5 day programme rather than students and experience a real working environment.


The safety and care of all young people participating in Digital Advantage programmes is very important to us. You can download our full safeguarding policy here.

Graduation & prize day

Digital Advantage is funded by

Coop Foundation

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