Swan’s Den Bootcamp 2024

Student Enterprise were pleased to host the bootcamp phase of our 2024 Swan’s Den competition, facilitated by Unloc on March 18th and 19th.

Swan’s Den is an opportunity for University of Lincoln students to explore entrepreneurship and grow their start-ups. We are pleased to have partnered with Unloc to deliver a two day bootcamp centred around developing confidence and enhancing the essential knowledge and skills required for starting up in business.

The bootcamp took place over two days, 18th & 19th March, with each attendee earning a certificate from UnLoc, which can be beneficial for future job applications. Additionally, on second day, students had the opportunity to practice their pitch and receive valuable feedback from the facilitator and their peers.

We’ve seen a range of students from across the university apply for this competition, from courses ranging from Computer Science to Drama to Business. Each student applied via Student Enterprise and then our team reviewed the applications, successful students are then asked to produce a business plan and attend our two day bootcamp, which as mentioned was delivered by Unloc.

One of the key values we saw in the bootcamp was that students were allowed the chance to network with each other, establish connections, rapport and trust – this allowed for the creation of a safe environment where they felt comfortable and confident engaging with the content and activities.

The boost in confidence the students saw in their business ideas and ability to pitch & present these to an audience is a key skill that we are pleased to have been able to provide. Away from the typical topic areas, the attendees gained some equally important soft-skills through a series of practical exercises that offered them the techniques necessary to talk to an audience, a panel or even just to network one-on-one effectively.

Laurel Kavanagh, Student Enterprise Officer, commented, “I was thrilled with the amount of valuable conversation that was encouraged between the students. Beth allowed for time each day for the students to get up and network with each other, and this really solidified a safe environment where they trusted each other – meaning they opened up and felt comfortable partaking in all aspects of the sessions.”.

The final, on 23rd April, will see each participant deliver a short elevator pitch on their business – with the winner taking home £5000.

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