Leeds Uni hold their annual business boot camp at Weetwood Hall

Leeds University has had an annual business boot camp that took two days and was held at Weetwood Hall. The boot camp was run by Spark, which is the business start up service of the university and was aimed at giving the entrepreneurial students at Leeds University an opportunity to show their skills and the qualities they possess.

Sector experts were present and were trying to give the students more information concerning finance, intellectual property, law, public relations and business planning. This information would help the students by boosting their chances of being successful when they started their businesses.

Fifteen students who have recently began their business such as a graphic design studio and a microbrewery took part in this year’s event. Furthermore, a majority of the entrepreneurs were awarded enterprise scholarships, which include £3,000 to help start their businesses together with a package of mentoring and business support.

The fifteen students were joined by three undergraduate students who each of them were awarded Proof of Concept funding by Spark, which was meant to support the early stages of development of their business ideas. At the boot camp, there were also six graduates studying for a master’s degree in enterprise.

Andy Green 22 and Rob Conway 23 were scholarship winners who came up with student tours in Leeds University that was seen to be very popular among the international students as it offered them an opportunity to know more about other cultures.

Mr. Green said that the boot camp was a rigorous program that was quite beneficial. It also was helpful as it enabled them to come up with ways of achieving a growth in their businesses. He also went on to say that they would try to introduce this to other universities as it has shown them what to focus on in order to be successful.

Kairen Skelley, head of business startup at Spark said that they have been shocked at the great numbers of people applying for these scholarships, which has made it harder for them to make their selection. She also said that they are happy that they have helped the starting businesses on their way to success.