Our enterprise boot camps are for students aged 18+ who are interested in running their own business and have an initial idea that they would
like to take forward.

The boot camps are run in two stages and all of the workshops are led by experts who have been managing and advising small businesses for many years.

1: Kick Start Your Ideas Boot Camp

Boot Camp 3

Our first boot camp is focused on how to turn an idea into a viable business proposal.

Throughout the day, interactive sessions will encourage consideration of the connections and resources a student has to make their business successful, how to research the market for a product or service to prepare a
business plan, and how to quickly and clearly pitch a proposal.
It offers a great opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurial participants throughout, and we encourage students to stay in touch and
support each other as they develop their idea.

2: Formation and Practice boot camp

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After students have spent some time independently researching an idea, they will be invited to attend a second boot camp – normally 8 -12 weeks later.

This second stage will focus more on the practicalities of actually starting a business, including sessions on sales, marketing and managing finances. Our staff are on-hand throughout to provide practical guidance and encouragement, and direction to further sources of relevant advice will be given.

We’re confident that students will leave the day inspired and ready to launch!

Opportunity Education Services’ enterprise trainers have extensive experience of launching and advising small businesses.

Meet the team

Tom Saunders

Tom set up Opportunity China and now runs Opportunity Education Services. He has many years’ experience as a mentor and advisor to young people starting their own businesses. Previously Tom worked as Programme Director for Enactus UK with a programme of over 2,000 students across 48 universities. Alongside his business, Tom is a University ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’, mentoring students to launch their business ideas.

Louise Drake

Louise is a Regional Manager for the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA). Louise has many years of experience in training entrepreneurship and business, both within a corporate setting and as a university lecturer. In 2011 Louise won the UnLtd & HEFCE award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneur for her work in the ‘Eco Ernie’ initiative.

Teresa Phillips

Teresa is an experienced Accountant and the owner of Berrywood Accountants. She has helped many small businesses to plan and manage their finances. Teresa has a particular interest in advising start-up businesses on avoiding common pitfalls and has aided many new businesses to grow.

Greg Sandford

Greg works in a freelance capacity for a range of organisations to plan, create and project manage their communications activities, and in 2007/8 he worked for the Obama for America election campaign. Alongside this, he has more than a decade of experience in enterprise education initiatives that encourage young people to start and grow their own businesses. He is an ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ at Southampton Solent University, and regularly delivers workshops for students on innovation and problem solving.