Feb 2012 28


Want tips on developing an outstanding business plan?

Join us at our training sessions and learn from the pros!

Session 1

When: Wednesday 7th March 2012, 18:30 - 21:30

Where: Lecture Room 4, Department of Engineering,

University of Coventry, CB2 1PZ

Session 2

When: Friday 16th March 2012, 14:00 - 17:00

Where: LT1, Judge Business School,

University of Coventry, CB2 1AG

REGISTER HERE: http://cue5ktraining2012.eventbrite.com/

The stakes are running high as we approach the final stage of CUE’s series of business creation competitions - the £5K Challenge. Entrants for the £5K Challenge are required to submit a 2000 to 3500 word business plan by the 27th of April. It is not required to have been an entrant or winner of the £100 for 100 words or £1K Challenge to participate in the £5K Challenge.

In line with the greater demands of this stage of the competition, CUE will be running two training sessions to give you the opportunity to pick up the skills you need to come up with a winning entry.

For Session 1, CUE has invited a series of experts from serial entrepreneurs to lawyers and financial gurus to cover all the aspects involved in a complete business plan. Not only will you get the chance to hear from these experts, you will also be able to get personalized advice for YOUR business during the surgeries.

Speakers for the session include:

Ted Dewhurst

Principal at Kesteven Law with extensive experience in dealing with venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as commercial agreements

Ilian Iliev

Serial entrepreneur and current CEO and co-founder of CoventryIP with experience ranging from medical diagnostics to the electrical industry

Simon Anderson

Chief Strategy Officer for Green Energy Options

James Francis

Director at Ensors

Mentors for the surgeries include:

Daniel Paterson

Individual winner of 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 award in the Advocacy category, alongside famous inventor James Dyson

Angelo Mastrogiovanni

Senior project manager for FABCP Consulting, who will focus specifically on implementation of business plans

Schedule for Session 1

1800-1830    Registration
1830-1850    Talk: How to write a winning business plan
1850-1910    Talk: Conducting effective market research
1910-1930    Talk: Financing your business
1930-1950    Talk: Dealing with general legal issues
1950-2010    Talk: Intellectual property management
2010-2130    Personalized surgeries and networking

In Session 2, we will have one of our competition judges, Dr Darrin Disley, to give tailored advice to the participants through 1-2-1 surgeries. Darrin will meet with individual teams for 30 minutes each to give his thoughts on their business ideas and how they should carry their ideas forward to the 5K competition and beyond.

To register, e-mail nicholas.tan@cue.org.uk with the subject “5K training - Session 2″ and state your team name, one preferred time slot (14:00-14:30, 14:30-15:00 etc), one alternative time slot and the names and phone numbers of the members that will be attending the surgery.


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