Business Bootcamp

Davidson College Business Bootcamps break down topics like business models, customer development, value propositions, basic legal issues, and other core skills/topics for starting a startup. During an optional follow-up, students form teams to create the materials for a startup (real or purely idea stage).


Its purpose is to help young entrepreneurs successfully execute a new venture. The course will concentrate on new enterprises based on substantial innovations with potential for high growth and funding by venture capitalists. The bootcamp content is primarily based on case discussions in workshops, with the intent of allowing students to derive practical lessons from experience (both successes and failures) in actual ventures.


  • Finding and assessing opportunities
  • Competitive position and basics of strategy
  • Finding co-founders and team building
  • Financing a new venture
  • Basics of company formation and IP
  • Early sales and marketing execution
  • Building an operating plan


  • Jan 26th 2017 or
  • Feb 25th 2017

See the full schedule for the January 26th Bootcamp below:

10:15-10:45 Introduction (Chris/Jon Boggiano)

10:50-11:20 Topic: Elements of a new venture / The business model canvas (Introduction to Lean Startup) (Doug Powell)

11:25-11:55 Topic: What is an opportunity for a new venture? (Customer Development, Customer Segments) (Doug Powell)

12:00-12:30 Topic: Team issues (Resources, Activities, Costs; Partners) (Betsy Idilbi Hauser)

12:30-1:15 LUNCH

1:20-1:50 Topic: Financing a new venture (Revenue Models)  (North Moore)

1:55-2:25 Topic: Basics of company formation and IP (Legal) (Justin Agans)

2:30-3:00 Topic: Sales & marketing execution (Customer Relationships) (Chris Elmore)

3:00-4:00 Mingle / Social Power Half Hour


  • Sprinkle Room (Fourth Floor Union)


Will you feed me?  Yes.

Is it free? Yes.

Do I have to stay the entire time? Yes, please.

Who are you bringing in? Six experts and entrepreneurs from the area.

I can’t attend either day, will this happen again? First of all, SADNESS! But yes, we will probably do this again.

Whom should I contact with more questions? Contact John-Michael Murphy by using the chat widget at the bottom right of this window.


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