New ‘Bootcamp’ launched for ex-military entrepreneurs

University launches two-day course to teach armed service leavers essential business skills

Manchester Metropolitan University today announced the launch of a ‘bootcamp’ style program, targeted at teaching ex-military entrepreneurs essential business skills.

The Enterprise Forces Bootcamp scheme, set to start March 2014, will be an intensive two-day course to teach armed service leavers the essentials of setting up in business, including business plans, motivation, marketing and financial management.

The University said the programme was tailored to the specific skillsets of ex-military personnel and allow them to quickly set up in business after a career in the armed forces.

The ‘Bootcamp’ course will run from the 6th-7th March 2014 and will be held at the MMU Business School in central Manchester. It will cost £600.

MMU also announced a five-session ‘Academy’ course, also targeted at military personnel, which it said would provide a more comprehensive and in-depth introduction to the world of enterprise.

The in-depth option will run from April-August 2014 and cost £1800.

In setting up the Enterprise Forces scheme, MMU worked closely with Heropreneurs, a charity dedicated to teaching ex-servicemen and women enterprise skills. Richard Morris, founder of Heropreneurs, commented: “Former armed services members bring with them excellent expertise and skills. They have been trained to the highest of standards.

“Their integrity, high energy, passion and high productivity make them ideal candidates for running their own businesses. It’s great to see Manchester Metropolitan University provide a tailor made programme to help them hone their skills.”

Claire Pattison, Enterprise Forces programme leader, added: “Following the Strategic Defence and Security Review, increasing numbers of people are leaving the armed services and making the transition back into civilian life.

“This can be a daunting prospect, but they have many transferable skills and qualities that provide a natural fit to business. Enterprise Forces aims to accelerate this transition by inspiring and educating would be entrepreneurs.”

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