The Business Plan Hackathon with BETA Enterprise and Enterprise Creation

Since November 2014 I have had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for Dr. Robert Newbery’s Enterprise Creation module. A module within the Faculty of Business where students have the opportunity to devote the entire module to  coming up with a viable business idea and developing it with the constant support of Module Leader Dr Robert Newbery, one to one support form Doctoral Teaching Assistant Sarah Preedy and occasional ideation advice by Phil Underwood.

Dr. Robert Newbery giving advice to Enterprise Creation module students
Dr. Robert Newbery giving advice to Enterprise Creation module students

The Enterprise Creation module helps students stretch their understanding of business. One of the first exercises within the module was for students to come up with one hundred business ideas in a week and send the list to Dr Robert Newbery. Bob challenged me to write him a list of one hundred business ideas as well and it was a great challenge. As the module progressed students learnt that great business ideas were comparatively plentiful but how could they convince investors that they had the right skills, team and contacts to make that good idea a success.

To finish up the module in March 2015, I organised a twelve hour Business Plan Hackathon (complete with pizza) for Enterprise Creation module students and BETA Enterprise programme students.

Enterprise Creation students  getting their Vitamin C during the Business Plan Hackathon
Enterprise Creation students getting their Vitamin C during the Business Plan Hackathon

The Hackathon was designed to assist student’s develop of their business ideas and fine tune their business plans. Students brought along their business plan drafts on their laptops and worked on their plans in a timed setting.  Robert Newbery and seven business experts were available on the day to offer advice to students about their business ideas and business plans.  External experts available on the day included Social Entrepreneur Gareth Hart, Technology Expert Raphael Dennett, finance expert Lawrence Watkins, Human Resources Manager Karen Bussel, Dave Leaman from Outset Finance and commercial property owner Richard Peachey. This was a very valuable event for students due to the generosity of these experts and entrepreneurs who devoted most of their day for the benefit of the students. The Enterprise Creation module has proved to be a fun, challenging and highly beneficial module to be enrolled on and for myself a lot of fun to be involved with.

Students discussing their business plans with external business experts
Students discussing their business plans with external business experts

In what way did you benefit the most from the Business Plan Hackathon?

Which experts do you want at the next Hackathon?

What topics would you like to learn about at future workshops?

Have you read our other Hackathon related posts? We run one within Enterprise Creation here’s 2016’s post. Here is our post on 2015’s Social Storm Hackathon

Ask me these questions and more at: amber.strong@plymouth.ac.uk


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