What is the Enterprise Bootcamp?
(All pictures by Mickel Adeyemi, 2016)
The project has been developed by Bootstrap & Peabody Housing Association, who have worked together delivering employability programmes in Hackney for a number of years. It was a natural next step to develop a youth enterprise project together, with Hackney having such a booming entrepreneurial scene, and Bootstrap being a thriving creative and social enterprise hub within East London. Our vision is to build a bridge between the Bootstrap community and wider young people in Hackney, to kickstart their careers.
The workshops are delivered weekly on Monday afternoons at Bootstrap, over twelve weeks. The workshops cover the core elements of a ‘business plan,’ and are accredited by Peabody to give all a OCN Level 2 business qualification.
The course is perfect for anyone who has an idea, or who has just started, and needs support and guidance to get up and running. Overall, the course is a fantastic experience and leaves all in a really positive place to progress to the next step in their career. Perhaps that means finding a job to gain more experience, and developing the enterprise idea as a side project. For others, it will mean making a go of it and pitching for more funding and business loans to really go for it!
In addition to the workshops, entrepreneurs are partnered with a Bootstrap tenant who helps guide them on their journey. One of the most exciting collaborations recently was between aspiring photographer Mickel Adeyemi, and his mentor Ben Kaufman. Ben assisted Mickel to do his first professional shoot, taking portraits of all the young entrepreneurs. The exhibition was shown at Bootstrap in the Print House gallery in January 2016.
We also organise a range of networking events, pitching events & guest talks too connect with as many exciting people as possible. In December 2015, we organised a Christmas street food market event in Bootyard,
to give our entrepreneurs the chance to practice pitching and network. Unbeknownst to the young entrepreneurs, one of the funders in the audience was from social enterprise supporter Young Unltd & the Hackney Connect programme.
The Unltd team identified that a lot of the entrepreneurs had a clear social impact for Hackney in their business ideas, and invited them to apply for funding up to £5k. 10 of our young entrepreneurs have been successful, for a total sum of more than £23.5k.
Peabody are one of the oldest and largest housing associations in London. With a focus on young people, Peabody and Bootstrap have partnered on a number of projects and they support Bootstrap in delivering the enterprise programme.
The Peter Cruddas Foundation have supported our Enterprise Programme and give priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment.