If you have an idea for a new venture but need help getting it into shape, this boot camp can provide the expert advice & encouragement you need to get started. 

Every year, student places are available on the Graduate Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. This is a 4-day residential event designed to encourage and support students and graduates into business and self-employment/freelancing. It’s an EU-funded partnership between 10 higher-education institutions from the Yorkshire & Humber region, organised by Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project

The boot camp covers all the practical aspects of starting a business, such as finance, marketing, business planning and sales. It offers participants one-to-one advice from professional advisors, with guest entrepreneurs on hand to provide tips for success plus the chance to build valuable contacts and networks. 

Who?

In 2013, 3 of our students attended the boot camp, with one winning the audience vote for Best Pitch and the judging panel awarding him Best Product. He said: “Boot camp gave me the ability and opportunity to mix and work with a variety of different business-minded people from a huge range of different subjects. It was intensive and fast-paced, which really helped to keep everyone focused.” 

In 2014, Hannah Stacey (a Printed Textiles third-year student) attended along with other students graduating in medicine, marketing, tourism, management, retail and IT. She reported back: “In the final session, everything we’d learned during the week made sense – and ticked a lot of boxes for me. I realised when they talked about social enterprise that I wanted to help people in their creative careers. It was brilliant, and I’m very pleased that I went.” 

How?

The programme is very popular and the costs are highly subsidised (the cost to attend is just £95.00, although this may be covered by Leeds Arts University). If you’re interested in taking part, please don’t hesitate to contact louise.miller@leeds-art.ac.uk Application forms for 2015 will be released in May.