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Bootstrap-Fall 2018: An opportunity to substantiate your business plan

To help students transform opportunities into entrepreneurial ventures, SKEMA Ventures is conducting its BOOTSTRAP-Fall 2018 workshop from November 26 to 28 at the Sophia Antipolis Campus. The workshop’s objective is to help students who have an innovative business idea to understand the key issues and challenges of entrepreneurship, explore the ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ and the initial steps of generating a value proposition, design the key components of a business model that would support this value proposition, and finally, formulate the associated business plan.

This will be a good opportunity for you to take your entrepreneurial idea to the next level and obtain the training required to substantiate it. The two-day workshop will culminate in the formulation and presentation of the first version of your business plan in front of professionals. It is open to students from SKEMA Business School and Université Côte d’Azur.


  1. The number of spots is limited. Selection will be based on the quality of applications and on first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for registering is November 20, 12:00 p.m.
  2. Participants are requested to make their own travel and stay arrangements in advance.

To register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/bootstrap-fall-2018.

Here’s another thing you can look forward to. SKEMA alumni Celine Moliere, co-founder and President of the popular Emilie and the Cool Kids stores, will be one of the speakers at the workshop. The chain raised €1 million in 2017. It began as a 25 sqm store in Nice 10 years ago and has grown to 8 stores now (including one in Reykjavik). The number of its franchises is also increasing steadily. Visit their website http://emiliescookies.com/fr_FR/ for more details.

BOOTSTRAP-Fall 2018-SKEMA Ventures

Here is the schedule of the workshop:

Monday – Day 1:

Welcome at 13:30 p.m.
14:00 p.m. – 14:30 p.m.: Kick-off and introduction of the BOOTSTRAP workshop
14:30 p.m. – 15:15 p.m.: Testimonial from an entrepreneur
15:30 p.m. – 16:30 p.m.: Pitch your entrepreneurial idea
16:30 p.m. – 17:00 p.m.: Defining the value proposition
17:00 p.m. – 18.30 p.m.: Practice and coaching

Day 1 Deliverables: First draft of the Minimum Value Product

End of Day 1: Dinner with testimonials from entrepreneurs

Tuesday – Day 2:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Pitches of the value proposition
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Introduction to the Business Model Canvas
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Practice and coaching
14:00 p.m. – 14:45 p.m.: Testimonial from an entrepreneur
14:45 p.m. – 16:00 p.m.: Practice and coaching (cont.)
16:00 p.m. – 18:30 p.m.: Peer-to-peer presentation of the business plan and coaching

Day 2 Deliverables: Fine-tuned business model and insights from peers

Wednesday – Day 3:

8:30 a.m.: Welcome jury members
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Final pitch of the business plan in front of the jury
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Feedback from the jury
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Wrap-up and seminar conclusion
12.45 p.m. – 14.00 p.m.: Farewell cocktail 

The jury members will comprise: Academics, investors, and entrepreneurs


  • The BOOTSTRAP workshop will emphasize the iterative construction of the different steps of the business plan with daily pitches and feedbacks from professionals as well as peer trainees.
  • Action learning will structure the training to leverage cross-fertilization between participants.
  • Testimonials from entrepreneurs will also enable experience-sharing on the entrepreneur’s curriculum.
  • Coaching will be provided in French or English.

Dates: November 26-28, 2018

Time: From 2:00 p.m.

Venue: SKEMA Business School. 60 rue Dostoievski. 06902 Sophia Antipolis.

For further details, please get in touch with Nicolas Servel at nicolas.servel@skema.edu.


SKEMA Ventures

SKEMA Ventures is a business unit created by SKEMA Business School dedicated to impact entrepreneurship and innovation. Through a unique value chain, that encompasses teaching, coaching, incubation, and acceleration, SKEMA Ventures allows each SKEMA student and alumni to think, design, test and launch an impactful entrepreneurial project in a global context, on six innovative territories on four continents, benefiting from the best of each local ecosystem. With SKEMA Ventures, GloCal impact entrepreneurship is born! Watch this video to know more

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