Monday, 22 February 2016

Enterprise to Entrepreneurship: B Start-Up Bootcamp

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This weekend, on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of February, around 60 enthusiastic students eagerly participated in the B Start-Up Boot Camp. It was a weekend of entrepreneurship, of forging new connections, of coming face to face with living success, of planning and of execution.
Read on!

B Start-Up organised the Boot Camp, which provided aspiring entrepreneurs in the University a chance to meet and learn from some of the most successful entrepreneurs of today. But that’s not all! They spent the weekend getting some training to help them face their challenge – to come up with a business that would make a profit and pitch their group’s idea to the group of judges. Their aim – to walk away with the amazing first prize, which includes a day at Virgin! But that’s not their only motivation. They love the challenge and love creating businesses through problem-solving. 

 The attendees at the Boot Camp were a medley – undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students – all excited about starting a business. They were put into groups and they set to work right away, with an eagerness that was only rivaled by the excitement they felt when they attended the talks by the influential speakers.

And who were the speakers?

Ian Mason, the Head of Strategic Development at Virgin Start Up and an intrapreneur.
Pete Cripps - Cloud Architect at IBM Cloud.
James Eder – the man behind Student Beans and Causr.
Michael Mcleod – Co - founder of UniGreenScheme
Paul Adams – our very own entrepreneur, who runs B Start-Up programme, from Careers Network.
Chris Sadler - Design & Innovation Consultant.

The weekend passed in a flurry of determined activity, with the students working on their presentations and getting expert advice on their business ideas. They were very engaged, firing intelligent questions at the speaker and actively participating in discussions. Birmingham’s entrepreneurs were a very resolute bunch!

“We got to know the basic knowledge of being an entrepreneur and how to implement our ideas. This weekend was great to explore options, meet new people and share ideas. The best part was the expert opinions and feedback we got!”
         Participant at the Boot Camp 

They were very happy with the Boot Camp and felt that it afforded them great advice and tips. After knowing about an entrepreneur’s journey, their personal career choices were clearer. 

Amelia Lowe, Gideon Casey and Lakshmipriya Venkatesan
          Student PR Team.

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