Norwich offers summer course in entrepreneurship: “Start Up Boot Camp” mentors students in developing a business venture


April 29, 2016

Norwich University is offering an intensive four-week summer course for credit for college students interested in starting a business, held June 6—July 1, 2016. “Start Up Boot Camp” is a four-week series of intensive lessons designed to help entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs develop the skills necessary to create a viable business venture.

The program is a hands-on, immersive course in which students will experience and address the same questions, challenges and ideas of early stage entrepreneurs. Students will work with a team of faculty, guest entrepreneurs, peers and potential customers to develop a venture.

The course is led by entrepreneur Catherine Collins, founder of Moxie, in which she aids in furthering ideas that matter to companies, non-profits and communities using design thinking methods. The former Associate Director of Middlebury College’s MiddCORE program, Collins has consulted and curated strategic projects with over 40 Vermont-based organizations, developed entrepreneurship and leadership curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students, and facilitated design thinking workshops. She has consulted and supported Vermont-based entrepreneurs as VP of Entrepreneur Development at Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.

Participants will learn: design thinking as a tool for conceptualizing ideas and starting a venture; storytelling as a method of delivering a concept to potential investors, peers and mentors; collaborative tools for small groups to further develop social and emotional intelligence; the skills to compose financial projections for a business model; how to test core assumptions of a venture by talking to customers; how to prototype quickly, easily and cheaply to test an idea and how to work in ambiguous conditions and practice making informed decisions even when the path is not clear.

A typical day will include: a morning of workshops and interaction with visiting mentors. Students use afternoons for interviews, fieldwork and discussions with potential customers, mentors, or industry experts.

“Students enter ‘Start Up Boot Camp’ with an idea and leave with a venture, network and skills,” Collins said.

The course, MG499, is held during Summer Session 1 for three credits and tuition of $1,614, not including room and board. The registration deadline is May 15, 2016.

For more information contact: Norwich University Professor Stephen Pomeroy at or call the School of Business and Management office at 802-485-2210.

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