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Bootstrap Raleigh: Take your entrepreneurial idea to the next level

Do you have an innovative entrepreneurial idea and are working on bringing it to life? To help you with this, SKEMA Ventures is conducting its Bootstrap workshop from April 16 to 18 at the Raleigh campus in partnership with HQ Raleigh.

The Bootstrap is a training workshop dedicated to student-entrepreneurs who wish to experience the entrepreneurial mindset that will take them from the idea stage to building a business model and business plan. The Bootstrap has been designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to enable the participants to understand the entrepreneurial value chain of entrepreneurship. Participants get to practice 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.


The workshop is for students-entrepreneurs who have an innovative idea and are considering launching a new venture but are looking to gain a tangible understanding of the stakes of entrepreneurship before making the final decision. It is open to students from SKEMA Business School and its partners from the Raleigh entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Two days of knowledge transfer and iterative practice, leading to the formulation and presentation of the first version of the business model in front of professionals.

Learning outcomes

After the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key determinants of the entrepreneurial mindset
  • Use the essentials of business modelling
  • Pitch their business plan in front of professional stakeholders to provide a clear, short, and valuable understanding of their value proposition and business model.

Click here to register.

Here is the schedule of the event.

Day 1
Venue: SKEMA Raleigh campus
Welcome at 13:30 pm
14:00 pm – 14:30 pm: Kick-off and introduction of the Bootstrap Raleigh workshop
14:30 pm – 15:30 pm: Pitch your entrepreneurial idea
15:30 pm – 16:00 pm: Defining the value proposition
16:00 pm – 18.30 pm: Practice and coaching
Day 1 Deliverables: First draft of the Minimum Value Product
End of day 1: Dinner and testimonials from entrepreneurs

Day 2
Venue: SKEMA Raleigh campus
8:30 am – 9:30 am: Pitches of the value proposition
9:30 am – 10:15 am: Introduction to the Business Model Canvas
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Practice and coaching
14:00 pm – 14:45 pm: Testimonial from an entrepreneur
14:45 pm – 17:00 pm: Practice and coaching (cont.)
17:00 pm – 18:30 pm: Peer-to-peer presentation of the business plan and coaching
Day 2 deliverables: Fine-tuned business model and insights from peers

Day 3
Venue: HQ Raleigh
8:30 am: Welcome jury members
9:00 am – 11:30 am: Final pitch of the business plan in front of the jury
11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Feedback from the jury
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Wrap-up and seminar conclusion
12.45 pm – 14.00 pm: Farewell luncheon

The jury members will comprise academics, investors and entrepreneurs.

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Coaching methods

The workshop will emphasize 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 enable experience-sharing.

Please note: The number of spots is limited. Selection will be based on the quality of applications and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for registering is April 12.

Click here to register.

For further details, please contact: mitch.weisberg-ext@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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