Henley Summer Start-Up Boot Camp inspires participants to start businesses

6 July 2017

Henley Summer Start-Up Boot Camp inspires participants to start businesses

Supported and sponsored by Santander and hosted by the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, the PopUp Business School delivered the Summer Start-Up Boot Camp 2017 at the Henley Business School during the week of 26 – 30 June 2017.

Supported and sponsored by Santander and hosted by the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, the PopUp Business School delivered the Summer Start-Up Boot Camp 2017 at the Henley Business School during the week of 26 – 30 June 2017. This was the fifth annual Summer Start-Up Boot Camp, with participants from the student and local communities attending the course.

“We are going to turn the traditional approach to starting a company on its head,” said Alan Donegan, Co-founder of PopUp Business School and course convener. “No longer is it the case that you follow the traditional approach by writing a business plan, raising some money, hiring some people, building a product, finding a customer and sell… Let’s start with sales!”

Participants learnt how to start a business with no money, build a website for free, find customers and start to make sales. Alan stressed that all new entrepreneurs need is an idea, a free website and some sales to make progress. Participants received a full day on sales including a session on ‘customer development’ from Jurek Sikorski, Executive Director at Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and a former sales and marketing director at a FTSE 100 company, as well as being a sales masterclass speaker.

Practical exercises featured strongly, with a focus on the customer and selling. Simon Paine, co-founder of the PopUp Business School, showed participants how to use social media to build visibility and grow a business. Simon’s message was, “Today you need social media if you are to build a successful business.” Participants loved the session and left knowing how to find customers and how to launch online quickly.

Described in glowing terms by participants, the Summer Start-Up Boot Camp boosted confidence and raised energy levels, with many planning to continue developing their business idea and pursuing a career as an entrepreneur. With over 50 attendees, 26% of them said that they were actively trading by the fifth day of the workshop and a further 52% said they were poised to begin trading in the near future.

Participants posted lots of positive comments in their feedback on the Boot Camp:

Harriet Robson, PhD student in Environmental Science: “The PopUp Business School has helped make my idea a reality, it has given me the confidence to start and taken away all the worries about financial burden.”

Eziz Jumayev, International Foundation Programme Finance and Banking student: “I love the new way of starting a business, you don’t need lots of money and anyone can do it.”

Rahatara Gani, BSc Economics student: “The workshop had great content with excellent execution from all involved!”

Take a look at the video of our Summer Start-Up Boot Camp here to find out what our students gained from the workshop.

If you are interested to find out more about the Summer Start-up Boot Camp, contact Jurek Sikorski.

Contacts:

Alan Donegan

Co-founder, PopUp Business School

PopUp Business School

PopUp Business School is an education service provider helping people start businesses and giving help to entrepreneurs

E: alan@popupbusinessschool.co.uk

W: http://www.popupbusinessschool.co.uk/

T: 07932 247 353

Jurek Sikorski

Executive Director, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship is part of Henley Business School at the University of Reading which provides a hub for teaching and research in the subject, inspiring students from across the University to embrace, develop and apply their entrepreneurial abilities.

E: jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk

W: /research/research-centres/henley-centre-for-entrepreneurship/

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