Boot camp for Green Entrepreneurs3 August 2010
A new boot camp for environmental entrepreneurs in Nottingham is seeking "green dragons" to act as judges for a Dragons' Den-style pitch.
The assessment will be the culmination of a three-day Enviro-Entrepreneur School, held by BioCity Nottingham from November 10 to 12.
The new school is being aimed at entrepreneurs working across the environmental sector.
It will teach business basics in areas such as accounting, law, marketing, intellectual property, raising finance and presenting business ideas.
Delegates will also meet successful entrepreneurs, consultants and potential investors before finally pitching real business ideas to a panel of experts, who will assess and give feedback on the ideas.
The school's organiser, Dr Nick Gostick, incubation manager at BioCity, is seeking experts to act as "green dragons".
The Enviro-Entrepreneurs School will be launched at the end of the summer and follows the success of BioCity's Bioentrepreneurs School, which began in 2007 and was aimed specifically at the bio-tech and pharmaceutical sector.
"We recognise that 'green-tech' is a growing business sector in Nottingham, the county and the wider region," said Dr Gostick, who ran several environmental businesses before joining BioCity.
"However, this new three-day boot camp is aimed at entrepreneurs who have new ideas across the environmental sector. That includes green-tech, low-carbon, renewable energy, energy-efficiency, pollution abatement, air and water quality monitoring, environmental consultancies and so on.
"With international and national legislation on climate change and the environment creating new kinds of business in Britain, these are areas that will be playing a critical role in the regional economy in the years ahead.
"The new school is aimed at the next generation of entrepreneurs working in these sectors who want to know how to turn their ideas into successful business start-ups - and give themselves an advantage over competitors."
The school will have 40 delegate places, of which half will be free and allotted on competitive entry, with the most entrepreneurial ideas taking precedence. The other 20 students must pay fees.
Like the Bioentrepreneurs' School, the content of the Enviro-Entrepreneurs School will be delivered by BioCity and QED Consulting.
Commercial sponsorship is also being sought.
Supporters so far include Nottingham Science City and developer Blueprint, which is offering No.1 Nottingham Science Park as an additional venue.
Prospective "green dragons", and businesses seeking to sponsor the Enviro-Entrepreneurs School, should contact Dr Nick Gostick on firstname.lastname@example.org