28th March - 1st April 2010 Collingwood College
This is a 4 day residential school designed to explore all facets of enterprise, from the traditional view of the academic entrepreneur setting up a spin-out company through consultancy to the intrapreneur working within an existing organisation or setting up a social enterprise.
The primary purpose of the school is to develop the skills need for a successful enterpriser by following through the process of ideas generation, business planning and selling your project. However, many of these skills (e.g. team working, networking, communication, etc) are vitally important to any successful professional and not just of application to the entrepreneur.
Participants in the school will be formed into small groups which will be facilitated by an experienced tutor and a local entrepreneur. Learning will be mainly experiential, with the groups carrying through a number of tasks which model the evolution of a new enterprise. Our experience from a large number of previous courses has shown that this model is extremely effective. It helps participants to increase levels of self-awareness, gain a better understanding of group dynamics and inter-personal relationships, and broaden their thinking on a wide range of enterprise and skills-related issues.
The programme will offer you many opportunities to think creatively and to adopt innovative approaches to establishing new ideas and solving problems. You will also be able to develop some of the “harder skills” related to enterprise such as raising finance and pitching ideas effectively.
Each day of the programme will address a key theme:
- Consulting and Team Building
- Ideas generation and Teamwork
- Enterprise and Innovation
Participants will be drawn from a range of disciplines from Universities in the North of England and we hope this wide range of backgrounds will provide useful opportunities for networking and future collaboration.