Entrepreneurial Spark Powered by NatWest, brought its two-day boot camp to the Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre this week. The event welcomed over 100 entrepreneurs, pre-start up and young business ventures, who benefitted from expert support from NatWest and key partners like KPMG Enterprise and Dell Technologies.

Melinda O’Reilly, Event Organiser and Lead of the #GoDo Portsmouth project said: “Our two-day boot camp is designed to kick-start our entrepreneurs on their journey with us. After the event, they will be equipped with our mind-sets, behaviours and tools we use to develop a business. The project runs for three months and the entrepreneurs can benefit from webinars and virtual learning throughout that time. At the end of the three months the group will come back together to discuss their progress and celebrate their achievements.”

The Bootcamp – supported by Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth, with assistance from marketing agency Little Kanga and community interest group Shaping Portsmouth aims to boost Portsmouth’s entrepreneurial revolution.

Deryck Van Steendren, Creative Director of start-up VANREN Digital Media Productions commented: “Starting a business isn’t easy and projects like this are great to help young companies develop. The sessions have been really useful as all the entrepreneurs in the room face the same challenges - it’s nice to not feel alone!”

Paul Rolfe, Managing Director, Highbury Commercial added: “The entrepreneurial ethos is something Highbury has embraced and nurtured for many years so we were delighted to welcome Entrepreneurial Spark into our City Centre Campus. Highbury College offers a wide range of business courses which support start-up and scale-up companies, with many of our own students becoming local, national and international entrepreneurs.”

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  • Date 08/09/2017