Enterprise in shape after bootcamp

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UNIVERSITY OF Leeds has put 25 of its most enterprising students through their paces at an annual business bootcamp.

The two-day Spark residential training programme welcomed would-be entrepreneurs from undergraduate, masters and PhD courses and covered vital areas including finance, law, intellectual property, business planning and marketing.

It is part of the wider Spark programme, which offers access to a £5,000 start-up fund, mentoring, professional business advice and incubation space.

Earlier this year, third year medical students James Gupta and Omair Vayani created the MyCQs platform to create, share and practice multiple choice tests on a range of subjects. Since launching in August, it has attracted 11,000 users.

Mr Gupta said the support received at bootcamp and through Spark will allow the partners to take MyCQs “to the next level”.

Kairen Skelley, head of business start-up at Spark, said: “The format we have at Leeds, based on a community of alumni entrepreneurs, business support professionals and key staff across the University, is unique in the sector and it’s one of the secrets of our success.”