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A chance to practise entrepreneurial alchemy

Cambridge start-up weekend to catalyse ideas and create new ventures

Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) is offering budding entrepreneurs and creative minds the chance to practise real alchemy during a high-octane start-up weekend at Cambridge Judge Business School from 28-30 June where a melting pot of ideas, talent, mentors and investors leads to the creation of new venture opportunities. The Real Alchemist Startup Weekend is designed to motivate and enable individuals to transform their ideas into reality whether they have a technology, social or creative enterprise.

Shai Vyakarnam, CfEL Director, commented: “This inspiring weekend can be the catalyst to turn dreams into gold. It can help make you a million through the generation of a viable and meaningful enterprise or affect the lives of millions.”

The Real Alchemist Startup weekend is open to students, graduates, academics, professionals, entrepreneurs and creative minds who want to spend the summer developing venture ideas, forming teams and getting ready to pitch to investors. It’s for people looking to find out whether their idea is a viable business venture, how to communicate that idea to customers and investors; and build a team with the expertise and capabilities needed for success.

It’s also for those who are looking to contribute their skills, commercial or technical, to enable a start-up to get off the ground. The aim is to team up people with ideas and those with business, marketing and technical skills to work together intensely over the weekend in order to develop ideas into real companies.

Alan Barrell, long-serving CfEL Entrepreneur in Residence, said, “I’m delighted to endorse this exciting opportunity for young entrepreneurs to fast-track their business ideas with expert advice and support. If you’ve got an idea or you’re just starting up, then I highly recommend you participate.”

Those ventures voted the best of the weekend will get spaces to join Accelerate Cambridge, the start-up “accelerator” established by Cambridge Judge Business School in May 2012. Accelerate Cambridge aims to help teams of entrepreneurs turn an idea into a business, to launch, and then to keep going. It will provide lucky winners with the chance to access a powerful group of Cambridge mentors and University alumni.