Seventeen entrepreneurs, including students, academic staff and start-ups from the City of Bath, pitched to investors last week in the culmination of the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme which was held at the Innovation Centre, and one participant was offered a five-figure investment for his business on the spot.
Dr Giordano Pula, who recently joined the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology as a lecturer said: “After the one-week programme of lectures, workshops and one-to-one mentoring, I turned my idea into a business called CardioGeneCare and pitched it to the Investor Panel. I was surprised and delighted that one of the investors reacted so positively and made me an offer to fund the business immediately!”
The Bath Entrepreneurship Programme is a joint venture between the University’s Innovation Centre and the School of Management.
“The Programme mirrors the award-winning entrepreneurship course that I provide for the Bath MBA.” said programme-leader Simon Bond. “We create an energised, intensive and immersive experience which focuses participants on turning good ideas into the business Executive Summary and Financials required for pitching to investors, all within just one week!”
“They say everyone has a novel in them – I believe everyone has a business in them as well. The Bath Entrepreneurship Programme is the one-week opportunity to test whether your business idea could be a blockbuster!” said Bond.
In addition to the investment offer to Dr Pula, the Investor Panel, which comprised of business angels David Rogers & Peter Harverson, and Nick Wray of Horatio Investments and Richard Turner of Catalyst Venture Partners, awarded a bottle of champagne for the ‘Best Pitch’ to Student Enterprise finalists Amy Hunter and Ollie Marshall for their mobile app business, GoTag.
The Bath Entrepreneurship Programme provides up to three full scholarships for staff and students of the University of Bath. The remaining 2012 dates for the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme are 22-26 October & 19-23 November. More details.