The Network Launch
On Monday the 23rd of October Swansea University Entrepreneurs Network and Santander launched the first session of The Business Bootcamp. A series of events running weekly every Monday evening from 6 – 8pm at the School of Management. The first event sparked the series off with an introduction from the Entrepreneurs Network President Jackson Pickard and the Branch Manager and Entrepreneurial agenda lead for Santander Universities, in their Partnership with Swansea University, Sarah Thomas.
The mission for the collaborative series is to provide a structured series of events giving a complete education to students on taking a business idea and building it up to being able to launch the company and develop their understanding of Entrepreneurship through experience.
The first session was based on Business Planning and after the introduction the students in attendance, many of whom were from a broad range of degree disciplines not just Management students, listened to a talk from Dave Bolton a leading lecturer in Entrepreneurship. Dave talked through the differences of a business canvas and a business plan and helped the students to understand the best starting point for mapping out their new business ideas.
This was followed by a run through of the new Simply Do software that the school of Management will be providing to all their students and exclusively to members of the entrepreneurs network who study outside of the School of Management. The Simply Do software allows students to build their idea on an online format that maps a range of factors of the business and the entrepreneur behind it and helps to visualise the brand.
This presentation was followed by Jackson Pickard and Joe Charman (Vice President of the Entrepreneurs Network) showcasing the platform that was custom built for the Entrepreneurs Network members.
The students then received a guide to a business plan and a business canvas styled in the sections of a business plan to assist with their idea development. This was based off resources from The Welsh Government who support youth entrepreneurship through schemes such as Big Ideas Wales.