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We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

We are now almost fully booked for Summer 2024 and expect to close registration in the next few days.

The Young Entrepreneur Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Entrepreneurship in London

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Entrepreneur Summer Experience

The Ultimate Work Experience in Entrepreneurship in London

Overview

Last chance to register for this Summer Experience! There are few remaining places for intakes starting on 29th July and 19th August. Registration is closed for the intake starting on the 8th July.

Join us for the ultimate work experience for aspiring entrepreneurs in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of 2 weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of an entrepreneur working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. Design a business strategy to create a multi-billion dollar company, visit some of Europe’s fastest growing firms and pitch your ideas to senior venture capital investors in a Dragon's Den style venue. 

Students enrolled on this InvestIN programme will learn from industry experts, build a network of professional contacts and experience life first-hand at a world-renowned university – University College London (UCL). Our entrepreneur summer school in London is a unique opportunity for students to gain experience in their dream field, and will support applications to university courses that will take them one step closer to life as an entrepreneur.

Register now for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful entrepreneur, or contact us to find out more. 

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Immersive Entrepreneurial Experiences:
  • Pitch your ideas to venture capital investors from leading private equity and asset management firms against a backdrop of London's skyline
  • Design a business strategy to create a multi-billion dollar company, with coaching and feedback from top entrepreneurs at every step
  • Visit some high-growth start-ups and get advice from their executives on how to succeed
  • Collaborate with software engineers and develop your own pioneering FinTech app
  • Attend a private networking event inside a London skyscraper
     
Meet Senior Entrepreneurs:
  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with entrepreneurs from exciting start-ups specialising in consumer goods, financial technology, human capital and more
  • Attend private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career
     
Career Coaching:
  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in entrepreneurship
  • Get advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:
  • Attending the Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications.
  • Receive a personalised industry reference letter from entrepreneurs confirming what you achieved on the programme.
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for our unique entrepreneurship work experience, creating an invaluable global network
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

Choose from one of the following options:

1.  First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.  Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.  Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

Accommodation
You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Coming from abroad?
  • To date, we have welcomed students onto InvestIN programmes from over 100 different countries. They often say that a huge motivation is to meet and befriend students from around the world, whilst taking their English language skills to the next level. 
  • Attending a summer programme is a fantastic way to experience London, one of the world’s most renowned capital cities for academic excellence, global commerce and vibrant culture. You can also select our residential package to truly experience life on-campus at a top UK university (UCL), by living in private ensuite rooms at university halls of residence. We can offer everything you need – from airport transfers to meals and a fantastic evening social programme.
  • For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Students will be immersed in the language 24/7, whether that’s working in a team, writing a project proposal, presenting to a group, networking with professionals or socialising with peers. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.
  • For information about visas and language requirements, please see our FAQs page here.
Coming from the UK?
  • You can choose to attend our programmes as a day student if you live locally. Otherwise, our residential package will give you a great flavour of life in student halls of residence before you apply to university in the future.
  • Around 50% of our students come from abroad, providing you with a unique opportunity to network with and befriend peers from a range of different backgrounds and cultures.

Immersive Experiences Week 1

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

  • Identify the stand-out qualities of the world’s leading entrepreneurial figures
  • Develop your understanding and ability to ideate and innovate
  • Learn about different leadership skills and how to shape your own journey as a business leader
     

Strategies for Success

  • Compete against your peers in a team challenge
  • Work together to strategize and build a business model
  • Analyse the competitor landscape and identify your USP
  • Work with industry experts to understand the risk and reward of key strategic choices
     

The Fundamentals of Finance

  • Plan your financial strategy: learn the fundamentals of cost, revenue and profit
  • Hear how Gen Z entrepreneurs fundraised multi millions
     

Pitching like a Pro

  • Attend a bespoke public speaking workshop led by a professional who coaches CEOs
  • Learn valuable techniques to manage stress during high-pressure professional situations
     

Build Your Start-Up

  • Put your newly acquired knowledge to the test as you race against the clock to conceive, strategise, finance and market a business
  • Compete against your peers to build your businesses and prepare to pitch them in the den
  • Get personalised advice from expert entrepreneurs
     

Enter the Den

  • Enter the Den and pitch your visionary brand
  • Receive personalised feedback on your unique business model from experts in marketing, growth, strategy and finance
     

Networking

  • Take part in a private networking session with top entrepreneurs
  • Put your newfound knowledge to the test
  • Have your burning questions answered by those in the know
  • Receive valuable advice from experts in the field
     

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

There are 2 start dates you can select from for 2024 are 8th July or 29th July.
You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.
 

Bookings are now sold out for the intake starting 8th July. For intakes starting on 29th July bookings are over 80% full and we expect to close registration soon.

Click “Register Now” to book your place.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Pitch your ideas to venture capital investors from leading private equity and asset management firms. Design a business plan to create a multi-billion dollar company
For students coming from abroad, enhance your oral and written skills in business-level English
Collaborate with software engineers and develop your own pioneering FinTech. Undertake masterclasses in several marketing specialties
Private networking session with top entrepreneurs at One Canada Square
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from entrepreneurs confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for the completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
£1290
Available for an additional
£2795
Available for an additional
£2795
Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300
Available for an additional
£300

Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 8th July 2024 or 29th July 2024

Venues:

  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

  • Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 4 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls.

     

    Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN

    College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

    International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

    Frances Gardner House, WC1X 0HD

     

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at info@investin.org and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at info@investin.org.
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Do you offer payment plans? Yes, payment plans are available until the end of April 2024. We are now only accepting payments in full. Please contact info@investin.org if you would like further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
What type of work experience do you need to be an entrepreneur?
There isn't any particular experience you'll need to become an entrepreneur, as there are many different routes to success. Even some of the most famous entrepreneurs started off with little experience. However, there are some skills and characteristics that are key to success: - An idea or vision: An idea or vision is essential as something to work towards. This can a brand-new idea or an existing idea that you can build on - Creativity: You'll need creative skills to solve problems and bring your vision to life - Communication skills: A key part of the job will be communicating your vision to your team and potential investors, so good communication skills are vital - Focus: Entrepreneurship is challenging, involving lots of hard work and long hours with a singular focus - Eagerness to learn: Minds that are curious and eager to learn more are better at solving problems and coming up with new ideas - Determination: Setbacks are an inevitable part of the role; those who are determined and resolute will be better suited to face challenges - Organisation skills: From prioritising tasks and managing time to using resources efficiently and mastering planning, organisational skills will be vital throughout your entrepreneurial career Self-belief and passion: Firm self-belief and a passion for your vision will be the driving forces behind a successful career, particularly when challenges arise
How can I build skills that will help me become an entrepreneur?
Ways to build entrepreneur skills and experience include: - Business mentorships: Business mentors have relevant knowledge and experience that you can benefit from, so seek out opportunities to learn from other entrepreneurs. Activities like networking, entrepreneurial events and organised mentorship programmes are all great opportunities. - Roles in related fields: Jobs in sales and marketing will give you insights into how to promote your products and services effectively, while roles in legal or regulatory fields will help with things like compliance. Consider areas that you'll need knowledge in and seek out opportunities to learn. - Summer schools: Entrepreneurship summer schools and internships are a great way to learn from experts and meet like-minded people. Our summer programme is a unique opportunity to get entrepreneurial work experience. - Stay informed: Read relevant books and publications to keep up-to-date with the latest news in the industry and learn from successful entrepreneurs. - Practise creativity: Look for innovative solutions to problems and build a practice of creative thinking.
Is it hard to become an entrepreneur?
Entrepreneurship is challenging, requiring lots of work, focus and sacrifice. However, it's incredibly fulfilling, and its potential rewards are higher than almost any other field.
How do you include entrepreneurial experience on a CV?
You can include entrepreneurial experience on a CV the same way you would include any other experience. Simply list it under a title like 'Entrepreneur’, 'Self-Employed' or 'Business Owner' and add in the relevant points below. Employers will value any entrepreneurial skills that you've developed through your own hard work, so this may set you apart from other applicants.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Information for international & EFL students

We have a minimum English language requirement of B2 (upper-intermediate, CEFR). For students learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), attending an InvestIN programme facilitates real-world application of English. Our programmes are delivered and facilitated by native English speakers, whilst over 50% of our students are from the UK and the US, providing international students with the perfect opportunity to enhance their oral and written skills in a professional and social context. Find out more about the benefits for EFL students in our blog post here.

 

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