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Timetable

Orientation

An orientation session takes place on Sunday afternoon before the main week of activities. This is your first opportunity to meet and get to know the Entrepreneurship Centre team, your Ignite colleagues, mentors and MBA facilitators.

Daily schedule

15:00-16:00 Arrival and registration
16:00-17:00 Welcome session and programme introduction
17:00-17:30 Welcome speech
17:30-18:30 Networking evening and drinks reception

Welcome reception

The drinks reception on Sunday evening is designed to provide both inspiration and motivation. A high profile guest entrepreneur or innovator is invited to talk about how they made their business venture a reality. Delegates are able to meet some of the members of the entrepreneurial network involved in Ignite and mix with fellow Ignite delegates.

The real learning begins on Monday with an intense programme of keynote presentations, workshops, mentor sessions, one-to-one clinics, pitches and networking evenings.

Day 1: Marketing

The theme of the day is "marketing" and covers marketing strategy, defining target markets, understanding customer needs, building the value proposition, market segmentation, channels to market and branding development.

Daily schedule

08:00-08:30 Registration
08:30-08:45 Welcome and introduction
08:45-10:00 Keynote session
10:00-10:30 Break, group photo
10:30-11:30 Workshop
11:45-12:45 Workshop
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Mentor session
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Mentor session
17:30-18:00 Networking
18:00-19:00 Group clinics

Learning outcomes

  • To formulate your draft business vision and prepare a vision statement as a first step towards a business plan
  • To fully understand the role of marketing and why customers might buy your product
  • To build an understanding of your customers and how your product or service might meet their needs
  • To develop action plans for market research and data to underpin the business plan sales projections
  • To start to pull together your own market research to support your business idea
  • To gain inspiration and understanding about the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship from the story of a real entrepreneur
  • To start to build a new network to make your business project happen

Day 2: Business models

The theme of the day is "Finance", and covers how to assess the viability of your business venture, develop realistic financial projections, clear revenue streams, prepare a financial strategy, and value your business opportunity.

Daily schedule

08:00-08:45 Coffee
08:45-10:00 Keynote session
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Workshop
11:30-12:45 Workshop
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Mentor session
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Mentor session
17:30-18:00 Networking
18:00-19:00 Group clinics

Learning outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of the concept of a business model to support the operation and structure a business
  • To gain some tools and techniques to analyse the business model options available
  • To achieve an understanding of the practical steps needed to protect your ideas and put in place a legal framework to support the business operation   
  • To formulate your business model - a strategy for the exploitation of your intellectual property
  • To network with both corporate innovators and high profile, serial entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of the real-life challenges
  • To continue to build your network and identify further sources of advice to make your idea happen

Day 3: Finance

The theme of the day is "Finance", and covers how to assess the viability of your business venture, develop realistic financial projections, clear revenue streams, prepare a financial strategy, and value your business opportunity.

Daily schedule

08:00-08:45 Coffee
08:45-10:00 Keynote session
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Workshop
11:45-12:45 Panel discussion
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Mentor session
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Mentor session
17:30 onwards Self study

Learning outcomes

  • To gain a detailed understanding of the basics of finance and make suitable financial projections to support your business plan
  • To determine the potential sources of funding for the next stage of development of your business ideas, as well as understand what's required to attract this kind of investment or funding
  • To gain an understanding of methods for business valuation in real word entrepreneurial start-ups which will enable you to determine which method is right for your business need
  • To learn how to assess the viability of your own business proposition and develop initial cash flow projections
  • To reflect on the aspects raised during the last three days and to anticipate further issues and questions you need to raise in the coming sessions

Day 4: Building teams and pitch practice

The theme of the day is "Building Teams and Pitch Practice", and covers the challenges involved in finding people with the right set of skills at the right level to help your business develop in the right way at different stages. It will also cover how to deliver a winning pitch and how to work with investors once finance is raised.

Daily schedule

08:00-08:45 Coffee
08:45-10:00 Keynote session
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Workshop
11:45-12:45 Workshop
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Mentor session
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Mentor session
17:30 onwards Self study

Learning outcomes

  • To develop a clear understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses so that you can set out to build a team of people with complementary skills
  • To have an understanding of the additional people and skills required to make your idea happen
  • To be able to pull ideas together into a business plan and presentation, and have a clearer idea of the next steps
  • To be able to learn the do's and don'ts of business plan pitching and presentation
  • To develop and practice presentation skills with your mentor and MBA facilitator in preparation for the visit to a venture capital firm and sales pitch on Friday
  • To build your network still further by meeting a range of investors and hearing firsthand what investors are looking for when assessing the suitability of new business ideas for investment or funding

Day 5: Clinics and business plan presentation

During the day, delegates gain one-to-one advice on specific issues with lawyers, accountants, marketing and financial experts and other professionals. This is followed by a final presentation of your business plan to a panel of experts.

Daily schedule

08:00-08:45 Coffee
08:45-10:00 One-to-one clinics
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Presentation session
11:35-12:05 Presentation session
10:30-12:30 One-to-one clinics
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-17:30 Panel presentations
17:30-18:00 Feedback and evaluation
19:00-22:30 Celebration dinner

Learning outcomes

  • To gain one-to-one advice on specific issues relating to your business idea to help you move forward in the future
  • To present a refined business plan to an objective panel, obtain feedback and set out detailed action plans for taking them forward from this dress rehearsal to the real world
  • To get a 'reality check' about the business proposition, whether to take it forward and how to do it
  • To develop a personal network of over 120 high quality business and entrepreneurial contacts

Apply

Applications are now open for the 19th Annual Ignite programme, taking place 9-14 July 2017.

Deadline: 1 June 2017

Apply

Contact us

If you have any queries, please get in touch at ignite@jbs.cam.ac.uk

I met important contacts both within my own industry and also from other backgrounds. The mentoring sessions provided valuable experiences from people who were prepared to spend time polishing business plans.
Ian Bu, Research Associate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge