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DMU launch start-up summer school for students and graduates


Extra dates have been added to an online start-up school launched by De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s DMUworks 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.

Lockdown Launchpad LIVE will help students and graduates make their business ideas a reality. The summer school will cover a range of topics, which include: 

  • COVID-19 Opportunities in crisis: How to start now from anywhere
  • Launch - Starting a business without cash
  • Finance Grants, loans and crowdfunding
  • Marketing Branding and social media
  • E-commerce Websites and apps
  • Legal - Setting-up and copyright
  • Tax Do I need to pay it?
  • and much more!

If you have an idea that you want to launch this summer, apply here today!


Workshop Schedule

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 summer school

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

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

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

Sessions will take place from 3 - 3.30pm daily. Apply here

Option 2: Service based Summer School

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

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

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

Sessions will take place from 3 to 3.30pm daily. Apply here.

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

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

After completing the three-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.

About DMUworks Enterprise

DMUworks Enterprise is DMU’s student and graduate enterprise team (Simon Baines and Vikesh Mistry). They facilitate a whole host of events and initiatives to support any DMU student and graduate looking to start-up or grow a business, including:

  • TEDx
  • Enterprise Placement Year
  • 1-2-1 Support Sessions
  • DMUglobal Enterprise Trips
  • Podcasts
  • Connect @ the Coworking Café events
  • Guest lectures
  • and much more…

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

If you have a question, please email the DMUworks Enterprise team,

Posted on Wednesday 22nd April 2020

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