Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship - Summer Start-Up Boot Camp


The Summer Start-Up Boot Camp is a hands-on, week-long course for University of Reading and Henley Business School students and alumni, as well as local budding entrepreneurs, to help them learn about setting up a business from scratch. The course gives participants the confidence and skills to start a business and make money doing what they love and covers some key points for any aspiring entrepreneur.


The 2020 Summer Start-Up Boot Camp will take place between 22-26 June 2020 and will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm each day. Due to the current restrictions caused by the coronavirus, the Boot Camp will be held online via video conferencing.

Applications to attend the Boot Camp are now open - please note that as there are limited spaces on the Boot Camp you will be asked to submit a supporting statement to explain why you wish to attend in 100 words or less. After you have registered your interest, you will be informed within one week whether your application to attend was successful and be instructed on how to dial in. To apply for a place on the Boot Camp and see the full schedule, please register here.

The 2019 Summer Start-Up Boot Camp was held between 24-28 June 2019 and proved to be extremely popular, with a record number of attendees and high praise from those who participated. You can read about the 2019 Boot Camp here.

The 2019 Summer Start-Up Boot Camp Report has also been released, documenting the success of the Boot Camp participants and how the Boot Camp benefited them. Read the full Boot Camp Report here.


This is what attendees of the 2019 Summer Start-Up Boot Camp said about their experience of participating:

Ezequiel Anibal, MSc Entrepreneurship student: "The Boot Camp provided a new and thought-provoking mindset to conduct business."

Debby Chau, MSc Entrepreneurship student: "The Boot Camp challenges the conventional way of starting a business. It reshaped my approach to entrepreneurship and made me focus on what really matters to drive success."

Marie Trilling, Henley Business School intern: "I really learned something for life, to trust in myself and to be self-confident."

Stefanie Parubets, winner of Kiev IDEAFEST Student Business Idea Competition 2019: "I was delighted to receive such an amazingly special prize of allowing me to take part in the Summer Start-Up Boot Camp."

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship works in partnership with the PopUp Business School to deliver the Summer Start-Up Boot Camp.



The Henley Summer Start-Up Boot Camp is sponsored by Santander Universities.