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  • Have you ever wondered what is like to be your own boss?
  • Do you have any business ideas or services that you would like to develop but don’t know where to start?
  • Ever wondered how do you even come up with a viable business idea?
  • Are you considering a freelance career?
  • How much should you charge for your freelance services and how do you negotiate the best rate?
  • Do you want to upscale your existing business but need expert advice?

The Careers and Enterprise team can help you answer all these questions. Between 14th-18th June the team will be hosting LAUNCH into Business, a week full of workshops and 1:1 mentoring to help you understand the entrepreneurial journey.

Supported by Kent Foundation and the Negotiation Club, you will have opportunities to test your ideas, learn about business planning, understand the business finances and pitch for investment and funding. LAUNCH into Business week will end with our very own CCCU Dragons’ Den for current students.

How does it work?

The online workshops are open to all students and recent alumni (within 3 years of graduation) who are considering freelancing or setting up their own start-up business.

Places are limited so join the waiting list if the workshops are full. We ask you to be committed to attend the full week, especially if you want to progress to the Dragons’ Den.**

If your business idea is viable, you have attended the workshops and you are a current student, you will be given the opportunity to pitch to a panel of local business entrepreneurs who will allocate funding to launch, develop or upscale your business.

LAUNCH into Business Workshop Breakdown:

Developing and Testing Your Business Idea

  • Development of a Business Idea
  • Creating a Clear Business Proposition
  • Defining your Target Customer
  • Conducting Market Research – methodology for different products and sectors
  • Refining your Business Proposition

Your Business Plan

  • What is a Business Plan, who is it for and why do you need one?
  • Your Skills and Experience
  • Products and Services
  • The Market
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Market Research
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Operations and Logistics

Understanding your Business Finances

  • Your Personal Survival Budget
  • Establishing your Business Costs – Fixed and Variable
  • Pricing your Product or Service
  • Break Even Analysis
  • Cashflow and Profit and Loss Forecasts
  • Business Structures and Tax

The Negotiation Club

  • Engage in Practical Practice Negotiation Scenarios
  • Learn and practice Negotiation Tactics
  • Critically observe Negotiations
  • Attain and give feedback 
  • Learn to deliver more value in future Negotiations
  • Become a more confident in pitching your services and Negotiating your rates

Pitching to Funders

  • Developing your Elevator Pitch
  • Being prepared for those difficult questions
  • Selling yourself and your product or service
  • Overcoming Nervousness
  • Making the Ask

1:1 Mentoring – drop in sessions

  • Drop in to discuss your business idea further
  • Drop in to get additional support and advice in preparation to the Dragons’ Den pitch

Dragons’ Den

  • 5-minute pitch + 5-minute Q&A for the opportunity to win funding to launch, develop or upscale your idea

If you would like you book you place on the workshops, go to our Eventbrite here or email us at if you want further details, or have any questions.

** Please note whilst recent alumni (within 3 years) are welcome to attend all workshops, and take up the offer of mentoring later in the week, only current students can pitch to the Dragons’ Den.

Getting further support from The Careers and Enterprise Team at CCCU

You can get ongoing careers support via the following ways: