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Boot Camp To Propel York Entrepreneurs Into Business

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9:27am 2nd July 2013

Young entrepreneurs from the York area will gather in Doncaster today to turn their fledgling business ideas into reality at Yorkshire’s annual Graduate Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

Thirty entrepreneurial students and graduates from around the region have secured their place for the four day residential event at The Stables in High Melton, including:

  • Sophie Tregellis from York. The twenty-two-year-old is hoping Boot Camp will help her to expand her pet products venture, Top Collar
  • York University graduate Rebecca Booth, 24, who plans to launch an on-line database of local events and activities
  • Bethan Vincent,22, also a graduate of the university. Her business idea is to import quality, ethically produced coffee
  • Sarah Gamble, a student at the University of York. The twenty-year-old hopes to develop her business, Ethics, which creates individual, embroidered and embellished clothing

Sophie said,

“Boot Camp will provide an important opportunity to take my business idea one big step closer to becoming a reality. Being able to meet other young entrepreneurs and receive intensive support from a range of business experts is an opportunity I just couldn’t miss.”

Now in its seventh year, Boot Camp is hosted and organised by Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project, an ERDF funded initiative which encourages and support students and graduates into business and self-employment. The project is a collaboration of ten higher education institutions from the Yorkshire and Humber region and is co-ordinated by the University of Huddersfield.

The event will include a key note speech from Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Ben Allen, whose Scarborough-based business provides activities for the elderly and infirm in care home and day centres across the country.

Other guest speakers will include Dr. Kelly Smith, Head of Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield, as well as experts in finance, marketing, law and intellectual property.

Also attending will be invited guests from the UK ‘s enterprise and education sector, as well as past beneficiaries of Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project who have gone on to launch successful businesses.

Louise Bermingham, Graduate Entrepreneurship Project Manager said,

“Boot Camp provides the region’s entrepreneurial students and graduates with an inspirational environment in which to explore and develop their business ideas. They leave camp armed with a wealth of knowledge to start them on their journey into business.”

Boot Camp runs from 1-4 July and is open to students and graduates of Yorkshire’s universities and higher education institutions. For more information visit www.graduateentrepreneurship.co.uk

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