• 14 - 16 Mar 2024
    • 25 - 27 Apr 2024

Unlocking and supporting new business ideas at Cranfield

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

Start-Up Weekends are the perfect opportunity to work with peers, mentors, and entrepreneurs to shape your ideas. We create an open and safe environment to share your own ideas, gain knowledge and test your ideas with seasoned business professionals.

This is a unique opportunity to work closely with mentors to work through big ideas and turn problems into business opportunity.

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

  • 14th – 16th March 2024
  • 25th – 27th April 2024

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Who is it for?

Cranfield students, researchers, alumni or staff members with a business idea.

What is expected from me?

As many of our mentors will be giving up their own time to facilitate your business idea development, we ask that you are committed and engaged throughout the three-day programme. Bring a bright positive attitude!

What do I get out of the weekend?

Crucially, the weekend helps you to get out of your comfort zone and really engage with the entrepreneurial mindset to finding opportunity in challenge.

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.

If you have engaged in the mentoring process within Bettany 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.


Registration for the full Start-Up Weekend is not live yet, but you can register your interest to find out more closer to the time below. For now, make sure to save the dates!

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