The Young Business Leader Summer Weekend
The Young Business Leader Summer Weekend
London • Ages 15-18

Dates: 13th to 14th July 2019
Location: University College London (UCL)

The Young Business Leader Summer Weekend is an opportunity for students aged 15-18 to gain a truly immersive experience of life as a visionary business leader at the world-famous University College London.

Over the course of two action-packed days, you will be challenged by investment professionals to: find business partners, design a business plan, negotiate deals and market your product with conviction. The weekend culminates with you being given the chance to pitch to real-life angel investors and venture capitalists.

As a business leader, you will have access to a number of experts and resources to help you succeed – a strong mix of successful founders, emerging entrepreneurs, and leading corporate executives specialising in: business strategy, technology, sales, marketing and finance.

Outcomes & Highlights

1. You will gain a 360-degree experience of a business leadership, with experiences including:

  • Designing a business strategy to build a world-class company
  • Planning a sales and marketing strategy to blow the competition away
  • Integrating a technology strategy to put your business at the cutting-edge of innovation
  • Plotting a finance and growth strategy which convinces investors that your company is poised to become a ‘unicorn’

2. You will have personal access to business leaders who will coach you on different aspects of your business plan. The following experts will be available:

  • Business strategy consultants from ‘the Big 4’, who routinely advise FTSE 250 companies
  • Sales and marketing professionals from big brands and the new world of “digital”
  • Technology experts from emerging tech start ups
  • Finance professionals from investment banks, hedge funds and private equity houses
  • Public speaking coaches to train you on how to deliver a ‘winning’ presentation 

3. You will create a life-long network of invaluable contacts:

  • Meet business leaders and ask them all your burning questions
  • Work with some of the most ambitious and talented students from around the world flying in for the weekend
  • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time and the most-relevant business leader will respond to your questions

4. You will boost your university application form and job prospects:

  • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, negotiating and commercial awareness.
  • Gain a totally unique addition to your CV and personal statement before university, gaining an edge over the competition.
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications.

The InvestIN Commitment

Our alumni also have unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise; students can contact us with further questions at any time, and we make sure you are promptly given the advice you need. Your attendance on the weekend is therefore just the beginning of our long-term commitment to coaching you towards achieving your career ambitions.

Weekend Programme Fee:
£375/student without accommodation OR £595/student including two nights in official UCL halls of residence (places are limited). The Programme Fee includes one place on the Young Business Leader Summer Weekend and an online assessment with certificates issued to successful candidates.

Book two or more places on any Summer 2019 InvestIN programme for a 10% group discount. Use code GROUPSUMMER19 during registration to benefit from this.

For a full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

Day 1 - Day 2
Saturday 10.30am Enter the Boardroom - Investors’ briefing: you will be given a briefing by investors in a multi-billion pound portfolio. Your task is to create a business that meets their needs within 48 hours.
- Strategic networking session where you need to find your ideal business partners for the weekend
- Make crucial decisions about the range of skills you are looking for in your business partners
Saturday 11.30am – Sunday 2.00pm You, the Business Leader - You will have until 2pm on Sunday to create the winning company. This will be followed by a pitch to real-life investors
- You will have one-to-one time with the following experts who are available to coach you on your business plan. You will have full access to their calendars and it is up to YOU to decide how much you want to use them:
- Business strategy consultants from ‘the Big 4’ to analyse your strategy
- Sales and marketing professionals from international companies to assess the merits of your customer acquisition game-plan
- Technology experts from digital start-ups to assist you in any tech aspects of your business
- Finance professionals from investment banks, hedge funds and private equity houses to ensure your numbers are right
- Public speaking coaches to train you on how to deliver a ‘winning’ presentation
Sunday 2.00pm Return to the Boardroom: Demo Day - Pitch your business plan to investment professionals
- Receive personal feedback on all aspects of your business
- Winning team announced and prizes awarded
Sunday 4.00pm Panel Discussion - Panel made up of high-ranking business leaders
- Top professionals answer your questions
- Receive personal advice
- Inspirational stories
- Guidance from those on the inside
Sunday 5:30pm Close

*exact programme format subject to change without notice


Programme Location

University College, London (UCL)
The Roberts Building
Torrington Place
Greater London
United Kingdom

Click here to see a map

Accommodation Location (optional) 

We are pleased to offer UCL halls of residence for attendees, from Friday 12th July to Sunday 14th July 2019:

Ramsay Hall (UCL)
20 Maple Street
Greater London
United Kingdom

Click here to see a map

What is provided in the residences?

Below is a quick summary of what UCL does and does not provide within its residences and bedrooms.

Items provided Items NOT provided
  • Kitchen facilities with basic crockery, cutlery and utensils, microwave, kettle
  • Bed linen and a bath towel
  • Weekly clean of the bedrooms and bed linen change
  • Wireless internet access in the bedrooms
  • Access to launderette
  • Luggage storage (day of departure only, at some sites, at discretion of staff)
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Shampoo and other personal hygiene items
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms
  • Room service
  • Daily inspection and cleaning of the bedrooms
  • TV in the bedroom
When should I arrive and leave?

Check-in will occur between 14.00 – 21.00 on Friday 12th July. If you need to arrive outside that time (or even on Saturday morning) please let us know and we shall try to make special arrangements for you.

Check-out will occur at 9.00am on Sunday 14th July. You may bring your luggage with you to the programme on Sunday.

How do I get to the accommodation?

The nearest tube stations are Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines), Warren Street (Victoria Line), and Goodge Street (Northern Line). The accommodation is also walking distance from Euston and St Pancras stations. From Heathrow Airport you can take the Heathrow Express to Paddington (20 minutes), and then the Circle Line from Paddington to Great Portland Street (10 minutes). A map can be found here.

Will I have to share my room/facilities?

The rooms are single, but bathrooms are shared.

How safe is the accommodation?

UCL accommodation has 24-hour security on-site. In addition, InvestIN staff (our chaperones) will be staying at the halls of residence, and there will be a 24-hour contact number (available from the time students check-in until the end of the programme) should you need any assistance.

Can you tell me more about the chaperones?

Our chaperones are security-vetted (enhanced DBS check), adult members of staff who have experience of supervising children. They will carry out registration twice per day and escort the students to and from the programme. A chaperone will be available 24 hours per day should students need any assistance.

Are any meals included?

Meals are included if the accommodation option is selected and booked. Should you have any dietary requirements we shall do our best to accommodate them subject to the ability of UCL to do so. We shall ask you about any dietary requirements in a separate form after you have booked.

Do I need a visa?

Nationals of certain countries require visas to visit the UK. You can check by visiting

Do I need to provide any details in advance of my arrival?

Once you have registered we shall send you a form to complete which asks for basic information such as your name, address, contact, and passport details. You must bring your passport with you for check-in.

What happens in the event of an accident or emergency?

A chaperone will be available 24 hours per day (from the time students check-in until the end of the programme) should students need any assistance.

House rules?

Registration takes place twice per day at the halls of residence:

Students must be present for each registration.

We ask that students are back on Ramsay Hall premises by 21:30 and do not permit students to leave the halls of residence after that time.

Our programmes are an opportunity for students to experience professional life. As such, we expect our students to behave like young adults. Any student who displays any behaviour that would, in our reasonable opinion, be undesirable or whose behaviour we, or UCL, consider to be inappropriate, may be asked to leave the programme and the halls of residence immediately. Inappropriate behaviour includes the consumption of alcohol, rude behaviour towards others, and failure to turn up to registration

Can parents visit or stay?

Parents can visit students but are not permitted to enter into the lecture hall itself as we try to create a professional environment. Parents are not allowed to stay overnight as UCL does not permit guests to stay in their halls of residence.

Can I stay one night instead of two?

Only two nights’ accommodation is available. If you are only able to check-in on Saturday please let us know and we shall make arrangements for you.

Can I cancel my accommodation?

Accommodation is non-refundable.

Is there WiFi internet access?

There is free WiFi access in all bedrooms.

Are the rooms air-conditioned/heated?

No. There is no air-conditioning and the rooms are not heated in the summer.

Can you arrange an airport pick-up?

We do offer airport pick ups/drop-offs for an additional charge. Please email us at or call us on +44 (0) 203 915 1420 to discuss further.

Can I stay longer in the accommodation or check-in earlier?

We are not able to arrange accommodation outside the dates of the internship. We can recommend some local hotels if you require accommodation either before or after the dates of our programme.


This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.


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