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                                        Image (C): LCF Graduate Futures imagery, illustration by Fiona Duan
Image (C): LCF Graduate Futures imagery, illustration by Fiona Duan

10am - 2pm


Graduate Futures: Starting a business virtual bootcamp

Date: Saturday 5 February, Saturday 12 February, Saturday 19 February and Saturday 26 February

Time: 10am-2pm

Venue: Online

This intensive programme supports emerging entrepreneurs, showing them how to follow in the footsteps of other exciting business owners.

Starting a business or "entrepreneurship" isn't all about creating the next Facebook or Google. It can help you to solve a social problem that you care about, learn new skills that will make you a better employee, or it could be a way to do what you love for a living - to create your own job. If you're curious about starting a business and how it can help you with your career, goals and ambitions, this program is for you.

  1. You’ll explore the attributes and mindset you need to develop in order to be able to manage scarce resources;
  2. You’ll uncover some key start-up strategies that will help you to unlock the potential of your ideas;
  3. You'll leave being able to talk freely about your idea as a business and in a way that people can understand and relate to;
  4. You'll leave with a strong idea of the next steps you need to take to turn your business idea into reality.

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Programme schedule

The programme is a continuous event, run virtually, over 4 half-day sessions, every Saturday in February 2022. To be eligible for sign-up, you need to be able to attend all 4 Saturday morning sessions. Each session will comprise of a learning opportunity, a case study and a workshop to allow you to develop your thinking further. The sessions will look at:

  1. Creating Value - Saturday 5 February, 10am-2pm
  2. Understanding Your Customer - Saturday 12 February, 10am-2pm
  3. Customer Acquisition - Saturday 19 February, 10am-2pm
  4. Building Your Brand - Saturday 26 February, 10am-2pm

Who is delivering the programme?

Ian Mason, CEO of Rainbow Bridge Education: Ian is an experienced company founder, having built multiple brands that affect change in communities across the world. This includes an education technology company that teaches children to learn to read and a company that provides leadership development programs to individuals and corporate clients. He has been an active member of the global start-up and scale-up ecosystem for over 15 years. Most notably in his role in the founding team of Virgin StartUp, Sir Richard Branson’s not-for-profit for entrepreneurs looking to start, fund or scale their business.

He then went on to create Humble, a similar business support organization that has worked with over 2500 start-ups and scaling businesses across the globe in the last 4 years, in countries such as the U.K, U.S, China, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Australia. Ian also holds Entrepreneur-in-Residence roles at London College of Fashion, Queen Mary University of London, Impact Central, University of New England’s Smart Region Incubator and Brisbane Economic Development Agency and for FLAIR, Australia’s female-led incubator.

Ian actually started his career as an economist, working in economic development in local/regional and then national Government in the UK, before becoming Head of Policy and Public Affairs at London Chamber of Commerce in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, where he became recognised as a notable economic advisor to governments, corporates and in the media.

Guest speakers

Hear practical knowledge that’s relevant and easy to apply in a supportive, nurturing and constructive environment; from people that have successfully started and grown their own business.

  1. Nick Coleman, Founder of Snaffling Pig, Medical Supermarket and Startup Logistics: In 2014 Nick founded Snaffling Pig with just £500, a premium food and drink brand with an obsession in making flavoured pork crackling. In 2016, he took part in the 14th Season of BBC2 Dragons Den and in 2017 won The Virgin Foodpreneur Award.
  2. Maytinee Jungpakdee, Founder of Clarity: May has mastered the art of building a brand that resonates with her audience, before launching a product. Clarity sources original, evocative scents from across the globe and delivers them to consumers through a variety of beauty products.
  3. Barbara Spooner, Founder of Birds on Bikes: Barbara has created a label that offers flattering, fashionable and fun clothing for lifestyle cyclists across the globe.
  4. Hanna Fiedler, Founder of Hanna Fiedler: LCF alumni Hanna built her womenswear brand in order to equip women with a wardrobe of effortless and timeless pieces in which they feel free, powerful, and comfortable.


In this webinar you will develop the key skills of proactivity, enterprise, agility, communication, connectivity and curiosity, as defined by the UAL Creative Attributes Framework (My_CAF). Before attending this webinar, you should:

  1. Read our learning guide 'How to start a business'


If you can't sign-up as the tickets have run out or expired, please email and see if you are still able to attend!

Image (C): LCF Graduate Futures imagery, illustration by Fiona Duan.