Boot Camp For Ex-Military Entrepreneurs

Posted on 20th January 2014

Ex-military personnel who think they have what it takes to run their own business are being given a helping hand by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), which is setting up a ‘bootcamp’-type scheme aimed at teaching ex-forces entrepreneurs essential business skills.

The Enterprise Forces Bootcamp scheme will start in March and will be an intensive two-day course teaching the participants the essentials of running a business, from drawing up business plans to keeping the books.

MMU has 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. This will run between April and August.

The University will be holding an Open Day next month specifically designed for military personnel who have left the Forces, are planning to leave or want to continue their professional development.

Among the courses participants will be introduced to are MBAs, Fast Track Certificates in Leadership and Management and initial teacher training. The event follows the Military Entrepreneurs Conference, which is being held for personnel who want to set up on their own when they leave the military.

As one of the conference organisers noted, making the transition into civilian life can be a daunting prospect, but service personnel have many transferable skills and qualities that provide a natural fit to the world of business.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the charity “Heropreneurs”, which is dedicated to teaching ex-service people enterprise skills said that former armed services members bring with them a mindset that is conducive to the hard work needed to start a successful organisation.

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