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Henley Summer Start-Up Boot Camp


Many students have ideas for a business that they would someday love to run, but it can feel overwhelming to know how to start a business from scratch. The Boot Camp, co-ordinated by HCfE and led by the Rebel Business School, helps attendees learn about setting up a business from the ground up over the course of a week. Each day of the Boot Camp focuses on a different key skill for any aspiring entrepreneur, from building a website to outlining how to make sales, which gives participants the confidence and tools to start a business.

The Henley Summer Start-Up Boot Camp 2021 takes place between 21-25 June 2021 and is now open for applications. It is completely free to join and is open to all University of Reading and Henley Business School students, staff and alumni, as well as local budding entrepreneurs. Please note that spaces are limited, so to register your interest in attending, go to our event page.

The 2020 Summer Start-Up Boot Camp was held online between 22-26 June 2020 and proved to be extremely popular, with over 80 attendees dialing in and to create their businesses. You can read about the 2020 Boot Camp here and see our post-event report on the impact of the Boot Camp here.

This is what attendees of the 2020 Summer Start-Up Boot Camp said about their experience of participating:

"I signed up to this event as I had planned to keep myself busy while staying indoors and I am still amazed at how useful and informative the event was, to the extent that I was sad when it came to the last day of the programme. I found this really useful and helpful." Esosa Oduware, Henley Business School BA Accounting and Management student

"I started the Boot Camp without knowing what to expect. What I learned absolutely blew my mind. The techniques, entrepreneurial mindset and advice that was given to us are priceless. I feel confident and full of energy now to take my business idea to the next level. Thank you to the team, you are outstanding!" Rieke Sproten, University of Reading Postgraduate Food Systems and Food Ed Consortium alumnus

"Thank you for the Boot Camp opportunity; everything was very helpful and I have gained some more inspiration about how to start a business." Georgia Christophi, local resident

Henley Coaching Business Boot Camp 2021

In addition to the Henley Summer Start-Up Boot Camp, Henley Centre for Coaching is creating a new boot camp event, titled the Henley Coaching Business Boot Camp 2021. This event is aimed at helping new coaches set up their own coaching practice and runs online from 5-9 July 2021. It will be delivered by the Rebel Business School and is targeted to address the following areas:

- Tailoring your proposition

- Understanding your customer

- Starting promoting your business

- Understanding social media effectively, so that you can generate leads

- Making sales

Applications for the Henley Coaching Business Boot Camp 2021 are now open. Places are free for any current students that are registered on Henley Centre for Coaching programmes, including the PhD course, the MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change, the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching (PCEC, previously PCiC), Team Coaching and the Professional Certificate in Supervision (PCiS). Places are also available for Henley Business School alumni, Henley Centre for Coaching members and external guests. To see the full schedule and register to attend, go to our event page.


Contact us

For more information please contact Alex Baker.

Telephone: 0118 3788691