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Boot camp puts entrepreneurs on right footing

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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A three-day business 'boot camp' put graduate entrepreneurs through their paces, as the first event to be held at the newly-opened Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro.

The workshops, run by Unlocking Cornish Potential and hosted by centre manager Karen Murray, guided 30 graduates as they move towards launching their own businesses in Cornwall.

More than 20 business advisors and support partners were on hand to help develop the participants' business plans and test out their ideas, which included plans for a "seaweed harvester" and a micro-brewery.

Among the business guides were representatives from Unlocking Potential, Combined Universities in Cornwall, Oxford Innovation, Lloyds TSB and Cornwall Innovation.

UCP graduate business start-up programme manager Chris Phillips said: "The UCP Boot Camp is as tough as it sounds but it's a fantastic process for these entrepreneurs to go through. We test their ideas and help them think about things they just haven't considered."

3D design graduate Jake Goldsmith from Falmouth is launching a skateboard design business, Hunted Wood Skateboards, and said: "It's good to have so many people to talk to about your business. I've got so much useful and honest feedback."

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