Boot camp set to propel Yorkshire entrepreneurs into business

Young entrepreneurs across the region will gather this week 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 places on the four day residential event at The Stables in High Melton near Doncaster.

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.

Now in its seventh year, Boot Camp is hosted and organised by Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project, an ERDF funded initiative which encourages and supports 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.

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.

Leeds Metropolitan University graduate Morgan Dowler is among the fledgling entrepreneurs attending this year’s Boot Camp.

Morgan, 21, hopes going to Boot Camp will help her to launch a range of specialist underwear for breast cancer patients.

Morgan 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.”

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

Morgan Dowler portrait (small)
Morgan Dowler

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