A FREE business course opens up for Worcestershire start-ups next week with a series of workshops and mentoring from established entrepreneurs at the Enterprising Worcestershire Summer Bootcamp.
The programme – launching on Monday July 9 – is aimed at anyone with a business idea, a start-up, or even individuals simply thinking about setting themselves up as a freelance enterprise.
The event is the second of three EU-funded boot camps run by the University of Worcester and will be held at the Jenny Lind campus.
The opening session of the eight-week bootcamp runs from July 9 to July 12 and explores how to develop ideas and understand finance.
That’s followed by a pitching event on July 18, with ‘venture creation’ workshops on July 23 and 24. A marketing session will be held August 6 and 7, concluding with ‘sales’ on August 20 and 21.
Each meeting will be run by an experienced team of business leaders, academics and seasoned entrepreneurs in a programme specially designed to take potential business owners through the whole process of setting up their operation.
To be eligible, candidates should have a Worcestershire address and not yet have their business registered with HMRC.
Leading the project, Jo Murphy from the Worcester Business School urged budding entrepreneurs of all ages to sign up to the programme.
“For this year’s Enterprising Worcestershire Summer Start-up Bootcamp we have reviewed feedback from last year’s attendees and we have re-structured the course,” she said.
“We are starting slightly later in the hope to attract Sixth Form and Year 12 attendees, offering a four-day intensive course with two-day follow-up workshops spread over six weeks.
“We have also added in a pitching event to give the attendees the opportunity to practice their business pitch to a panel of successful business owners and receive constructive feedback.”
She added: “Whilst the course is running, we have planned some drop-in sessions, where attendees can come into the university to work on their business and meet with experienced mentors.”
Application forms for the free bootcamp can be found via this link http://www.worcesterenterprise.org/summer-startup-bootcamp/. Any attendees with questions about the event can contact Jo Murphy via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also available through Enterprising Worcestershire, is mentoring assistance from partner organisations Blue Orchid and Baldwins. Blue Orchid offer a two-day business planning masterclass, while Baldwins will provide one-to-one support for any start-up with high growth potential.
For more information, please visit http://www.business-central.co.uk/eworcestershire/
Funded by Worcestershire County Council, associated District Councils, and the European Regional Development Fund, the Enterprising Worcestershire programme is designed to provide a raft of support to start-ups and early stage enterprises.