Start-Up Weekends – unlocking and supporting new business ideas at Cranfield

If you are a Cranfield student, researcher or staff member with a business idea, we are here to help you!

Our Start-Up Weekends are the perfect opportunity to work with mentors and entrepreneurs to shape your ideas. Some of the topics covered across our weekends include:

  • Who's Your Customer?
  • Market Application and Commercial Advantages.
  • Value Proposition.
  • Business Models.
  • Raising Capital. 

Following each session, you will be given the chance to break into small groups and talk through your idea with an experienced entrepreneur. At the end of the weekend, you will get the opportunity to practice pitching your idea and will receive feedback on both your pitch and how to take your idea forward from this point. 

Dates for your diary

  • 18th March - 20th March 2021
  • 22nd April - 24th April 2021

What is expected from me?

As many of our mentors will be giving up their own time in order to participate and help you to help with your ideas, we just ask that you are committed and engaged throughout the programme.

What is the expected outcome?

If your idea and/or your team look viable we will provide you with further support through mentoring, advice (legal and financial) and other routes to markets etc. 

If you have engaged in the mentoring process within the centre and we think that you have a viable idea, you may be invited to pitch for investment at Investor Day. This is not a guaranteed outcome and will only be offered to those individuals that are committed and show genuine potential. 

How do you apply?

Applications will open for our 2021 weekends in January 2021. Please check back for further details. In the meantime, visit our Learning Centre for business support and guidance.