Tech & Business Bootcamp

Tech & Business Bootcamp

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Plymouth College of Art

Plymouth College of Art

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Kickstart your business ideas with the support of industry experts in this free Bootcamp at Plymouth College of Art.

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Key Information

Dates: 27 June - 8 July 2022, excluding weekend. By registering for this course you agree to attend all 10 workshops.

Times: All sessions will run from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, except for the following: Monday 27 June (5:30pm - 8:00pm) & Friday 1 & 8 July (4:00pm - 6:00pm).

Venue: In-person bootcamp held at Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, UK, PL4 8AT.

Skill Level: Anyone who has an idea for a business, venture or product is welcome.

Cost: This Bootcamp is free but because places are limited we do require a £30 refundable deposit. The deposit will be fully returned following attendance at the Bootcamp. A reduced rate for students, unwaged, and low income households is available. More details below.

Accreditation: Digital Badges (Accredited by Badge Nation and issued through Credly)

About the Bootcamp

Make your business dreams a reality through the Smart Citizens’ Tech & Business Bootcamp. Over 10 evening workshops delivered by industry experts, you’ll learn key technology, prototyping, and enterprise skills to kickstart your business ideas.

Ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs, existing businesses and startups, freelancers, and anyone with a budding idea. This hands-on Bootcamp will equip you with practical skills to create your business and prepare your products or ideas for market. By the end of the Bootcamp, you'll have developed a good understanding of business modelling, and gained key tools and skills to begin your journey as an entrepreneur.

We also welcome multiple participants per business/venture.

Confirming your place

This free eventbrite ticket acknowledges your request for a place on the Bootcamp. When booking please provide details about your business stage and ideas (e.g. if you have an idea for a business or are an early-stage startup). Your place is only confirmed once we have contacted you and you have paid the deposit.


Due to the cost of this Bootcamp and limited numbers, we kindly ask that you pay a £30 deposit to secure your place; this will be fully refunded after you have attended at least 7 out of 10 workshops of the Bootcamp. Further information on how to pay your deposit and secure your place, will be provided after booking.

A reduced rate deposit of £10 for students, unwaged, and low income households is available. Please let us know when booking if you would like to discuss another rate deposit based on your individual circumstances.


As you move through the Bootcamp modules you will gain Smart Citizens Digital Badges that evidence your accomplishment in each area; these accreditations can be added to your CV, email signature, or LinkedIn profile to highlight your new business and tech skills.

Digital badges are accredited through Badge Nation (led by Real Ideas and Future Creators) and issued through the Credly platform.

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Bootcamp Overview

This Bootcamp will support you to gain key technology and business skills over 10 evening workshops:

  • 27 June - 5:30pm - 8pm: Welcome & Business Model Generation and Strategy Development
  • 28 June - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Value Proposition Design and Product Diversification
  • 29 June - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Sustainable Design and CAD Applied to Prototyping
  • 30 June - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Customer Insight and Customer Empathy Mapping
  • 1 July - 4pm - 6pm: Programming: Smart Things
  • 4 July - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Creating Your Brand and Developing Key Messages
  • 5 July - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Business Structures and Governance
  • 6 July - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Finance and Business Planning
  • 7 July - 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Intellectual Property and Pitching and Presenting
  • 8 July - 4pm - 6pm: Marketing in the Digital World

Who is this Bootcamp for?

This training is open to everyone aged 18 or over from Plymouth and the surrounding region. It is perfect for anyone looking to develop their technology and business skills; from existing businesses and startups, sole traders, freelancers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and those who are interested in beginning their own business but don’t know where to start.


Plymouth College of Art is following current Government guidance to help safeguard all members of our community. We continue to keep the campus well ventilated and clean and provide sanitising stations to help reduce COVID-19.

If you feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, we advise that you try to stay at home and not attend this event.

Registration alternative

If you prefer to register for this event via an alternative registration format or require any assistance with your application, please contact Sophie by email

Everyone welcome

We are committed to making our events and opportunities accessible to everyone. If there are any access requirements that would assist your participation in this event, please let us know when completing the registration form and our team will endeavour to accommodate these where practicable for us to do so.


Get in touch with Sophie at for more information about this training.

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About the Smart Citizens Programme

Smart Citizens is a programme of free events, workshops and training in digital design and fabrication based at Fab Lab Plymouth. Connecting citizens and enterprises with digital technologies skills, the programme empowers a community of citizen makers and champions innovative design solutions to create a more sustainable Plymouth.

Want to hear about future events and opportunities? Register your interest for our 2022 events here, sign up to the Smart Citizens Newsletter and visit our website.

The Smart Citizens Programme is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

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