Want to be part of our
next Echo++ cohort?

We’re looking for startup fashion labels who are re-writing the rules on how we view, buy and experience fashion to join our fashion-focused Echo++ accelerator programme, co-designed with the London College of Fashion.

Calling all early-stage East London businesses! The Echo++ Weekender is your space to explore your idea, expand your skillset, and connect with a diverse group of 30 entrepreneurs over an intensive 2-day programme.


We’ve crafted a four week intensive peer-led course for creative entrepreneurs that will give you and your business a unique opportunity to gain the resources, strategies and networks needed to build a sustainable, successful enterprise.

We’re busy designing more Echo++ programmes for a range of sectors. If you’re a sole trader, start-up or small business operating in East London and you’re ready to refine and grow your business, register your interest in future programmes here.


Do I have to be based in East London to qualify?

Yes. Our programmes are designed to support businesses operating in East London. In order to qualify for one of our programmes, you need to live in and/or be operating your business from one of the following boroughs: Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest.

How developed does my business have to be to get onto Echo++?

Whether you have been operating for 3 months or 3 years, Echo++ has relevant support for you. If you’d like to discuss your particular business needs further just email hello@economyofhours.com and we can arrange a time to chat.

What is the application process?

Select the course you wish to apply for and complete the online application form. We’ll be in touch to arrange an informal telephone or face-to-face interview. To be the first to hear about new courses opening for applications, just contact hello@economyofhours.com to get your name on the waiting list.

Do I become an Echo member if accepted onto the course?


How do I become a member?

Just click here to register. Please complete as much of your profile as possible – then we can get you trading!

How does trading on Echo work?

Check out our step-by-step guide.

Is there a fee to get on the course?

At Echo, we trade in time and skills, not pounds and pence. So, rather than charging a financial fee, we simply ask that successful applicants spend some of their time on the programme helping other Echo members.We’ll work with you to make sure that what you’re offering other members directly benefits your own business development, promoting what you do to a network of over 4000 professionals and local businesses. So while you’re helping others, you’re helping yourself too. We measure this in Echoes (naturally).

Will I receive help to earn Echoes back?

Of course! Our team will work with you individually to help create listings and offers that will allow you to make trades and earn Echoes.

How do I pay and receive Echoes?

It’s easy – once you’ve initiated, agreed and carried out your trade, you’ll be prompted to request payment or make a payment within your message thread. You can check on the progress of your trades at any time by heading to ‘My Trades’ within your dashboard.

Still haven’t found your answer?

You should be able to find the answer here. If you need more info or just want to have a chat, drop our Programme Manager, Nneka an email on nneka@economyofhours.com, or give us a call on 07802 578292