The Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, our partnership with the University of West England’s Bristol Business School, is developing a High Fliers programme for student entrepreneurs from across Aldridge schools, which is expected to launch this summer.
The programme will be delivered to 30 Year 10 and Year 11 students at the University’s Frenchay campus in Bristol over one week, and will be aimed at students with an idea for a business or social enterprise or a strong interest in entrepreneurship. Over the week students will be guided through aspects of business start-up such as marketing, finance and pitching skills. They will participate in a range of interactive workshops delivered by the team at the Institute, wider university staff, and selected external experts. They will also receive coaching from students on the Team Entrepreneurship degree at UWE to help guide them in idea development.
On the final day they will pitch their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and business professionals and the winning student/team will receive a small cash prize. The students will apply for the programme via the idea management software Simply Do Ideas which is currently being used at several schools, colleges and universities (including UWE) to help entrepreneurial students communicate and develop early stage business ideas. The students will continue working from the platform during the week, thus enabling them to produce a mini business plan in a simple, easy-to-follow format.