The Peter Cruddas Foundation has supported the Enterprise Bootcamp programme. This funding helps Bootstrap deliver the programme to young people and connect them with the Bootstrap community. The latest programme culminated in a pitching event at the end of 2016 where 15 young entrepreneurs pitched for funding. Collectively they were awarded more than 23,500 to start their own businesses.

Bootstrap was established in 1978 to support people to set-up their own businesses and improve employability skills. Bootstrap’s work in 2016 still echoes these original aims through our Enterprise Bootcamp programme, tenant networking and training events as well as a diverse programme across our community event spaces.

The Enterprise Bootcamp Programme

The Enterprise Bootcamp programme is a pioneering programme to equip young entrepreneurs with the tools to startup their own business over the course of 12 weeks. The programme offers young people introductions to industry professionals, workspace at Bootstrap, a mentor and accredited enterprise skills qualification as well as the opportunity to pitch for funding at the end of the programme.

As part of the Enterprise Bootcamp programme, the young entrepreneurs are partnered with Bootstrap tenants to guide and support them through the process of setting up their own business.

On the 2016 programme Mickel, an aspiring young photographer, was partnered with Ben Kaufman – a Bootstrap tenant and professional photographer. Ben assisted Mickel to produce his first professional shoot, taking portrait photos of all the young entrepreneurs on the programme. The photos were displayed in an exhibition at Bootstrap in the Print House Gallery.

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