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UPDATED: Extra dates added to online school for entrepreneurial students and graduates


Extra dates have been added to an online start-up school launched by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s DMU Works team after more than 150 people signed up to its first programme.

Students and recent graduates from all over the world have registered for the first summer school which will take place in June, with the new sessions due to take place in September.


Simon Baines and Vikesh Mistry of DMU's Student & Graduate Enterprise team will be running the online Summer School: Lockdown Launchpad LIVE and new September sessions.

Simon said: “Like everyone else, we really had no idea what engagement would be like from our students and alumni in the current climate, but felt we wanted to create something to fill the void in what we can currently offer to ensure we’re still providing support.  We have been so pleased and excited to have received so many signups! 

"It looks like over 150 students and graduates will participate in our online Start-Up school sessions this June, which just goes to show how entrepreneurial DMU alumni and students are."

The online schools include a series of live events, backed up with 1-2-1 sessions from the DMU student and graduate enterprise team.

Topics including how to launch, marketing, ways to fund your business, e-commerce, as well as legal tips and more. There will be different sessions for people with ideas for product-based businesses selling physical products, and service businesses which include consulting and graphic design

* If you would like to register for the new course in September, sign up for the mailing list here

Here's what to expect from start-up school:

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will not be required to be on camera. Questions can be asked throughout the session via the chat box.

Option 1: Product-Based programme

For anyone who has a business idea to sell a physical item. For example; furniture, clothing or gifts.

There will be 3 sessions in total, across the 3 days (A 30-minute session per day).

  • Tuesday 9 June 2020
  • Wednesday 10 June 2020
  • Thursday 11 June 2020

Session times: 3-3:30PM daily - online.

Apply here.

Option 2: Service-Based programme

For anyone who has a business idea to sell something you cannot physically hold. For example; website development, business consultancy or a food deliver service.

There will be 3 sessions in total, across the 3 days (A 30-minute session per day).

  • Tuesday 16 June 2020
  • Wednesday 17 June 2020
  • Thursday 18 June 2020

Session times: 3-3:30PM daily - online.

Apply here.

  • 1-2-1 DMU Start-up summer school appointments

After completing the 3-day summer school, participants will have a 1-2-1 appointment with a start-up business advisor to discuss the next steps for their individual business. Participants can book a 15-minute appointment at any time on either Friday 12 June or Friday 19 June 2020.

Additional resources

By attending all three live sessions, Participants will receive the DMUworks Enterprise Start-Up pack. It will include even more start-up business tips and tricks to help launch your business and see it take of this summer.

  • To be first to find out more, students and graduates can register for the mailing list at Alternatively, students and graduates can receive information via the WhatsApp Broadcast List. Simply message your name and P number to 07818614423.

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Posted on Friday 24th April 2020

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