Outbox Entrepreneurs

A brand new programme supported by Futuremakers by Standard Chartered over the summer holidays, to support young women and non-binary people, aged between 16-25 years old with great STEM ideas learn how to become entrepreneurs.

Are you looking for a summer programme to support your STEM career goals?

Outbox Entrepreneurs is the perfect programme for young women and non-binary young people who want to learn how to become entrepreneurs. You’ll tap into a wealth of knowledge and guidance from experienced professionals while building your own business in groups.

What’s involved?

  • An initial two-week accelerator comprised of virtual and in-person intensive support to assist ideation and incubation of your idea.
  • A pitching day where five winning groups will be given generous grant funding for their business ideas with other participants receiving smaller grants too.
  • Ongoing support over a 9-month period between Summer 2022 and Spring 2023 in the form of professional mentoring and skills events.

What will the timetable look like?

The two-week accelerator will run from 10 – 24 August. Sessions will run online from 10 – 23 August with in-person sessions on 11th and 24th. No sessions will be held on 18th August due to A-Level results day.

9:45 – 10:00 AM BSTArrival
10:00 – 11:45 AM BSTBusiness skills workshop
11:45 – 12:00 PM BSTBreak
12:00 – 12:30 PM BSTReflection/Group Work
12:30 – 13:30 PM BSTLunch
13:30 – 14:30 PM BSTPersonal skills – Content (30 mins) and Q&A/Interactive (30 mins)
14:30 – 14:45 PM BSTBreak
14:45 – 15:45 PM BSTSTEM – Content (30 mins) and Q&A/Interactive (30 mins)
15:45 – 16:00 PM BSTBreak
16:00 – 16:30 PM BSTReflection/Group Check In
16:30 PM BSTFinish

Please note: As in person attendance is compulsory, we will cover all travel costs for you should you require. For virtual sessions, if you need it, we’ll send you a laptop for the entirety of the programme and cover travel costs.

What skills will you be taught in the accelerator?

Business skills

  • Strategy & Goal Setting
  • Branding, Sales, Marketing & PR
  • Sustainability
  • Accounting Basics
  • Future Trends
  • Finance, Funding & Investment Readiness

Personal skills

  • Networking
  • Negotiation & Leadership Skills
  • Resilience & Confidence
  • Pitching & Presentation
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

STEM skills

  • Future Trends
  • Productivity Hacks
  • HTML & Principles of Agile
  • UX/UI Design
  • Creative Thinking & Innovation Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a business idea beforehand?

  • We welcome ideas but applicants are not required to have a formulated business idea as a prerequisite. We will work together to develop this during the ideation period.

Will I be working with peers?

  • Yes! Applicants who are accepted into the Outbox Entrepreneurs programme will work in groups of 2-4. These groups will be built around students who are passionate about a particular topic.

Do I have to pay for travel?

  • No, we will cover travel expenses if you are accepted onto the programme.

Help! I don’t have a laptop and/or Wifi at home

  • No problem, we can provide you with a laptop and dongle for the duration of the programme.

Do I need to be able to attend all of the sessions?

  • For the accelerator, it is crucial that you can attend all sessions including in-person sessions in Central London. If you have any accessibility requirements, feel free to discuss them with us at team@stemettes.org.

How much time do I have to commit to the nine months period after the initial two weeks?

  • This will be a combination of support from Stemettes and Standard Chartered that will be flexibly spread out over nine months.

I’m interested but would like more information. Can you help?

  • If you are eligible, please apply. We will be holding a more in-depth virtual information session at the start of August.

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