Startup Bootcamp is a student-run program organized by Founders. We also have a number of partners and sponsors from across the University as well as outside of it. To see a more comprehensive list, check out our list of partners on the home page.
By being a part of Startup Bootcamp you can build your ideas into viable startups. In addition to the numerous workshops that we have planned, teams will be paired with mentors that will help them build their products. Teams will also have access to credits for our partners' platforms to build prototypes and demos. Teams will also have the opportunity to pitch to local entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. In addition to all of this, participants will be able to work and connect with other entrepreneurs across campus.
Our mentor pool is incredibly diverse including professors, entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Mentors help teams by checking in every week and advising teams for the duration of the program.
Business development workshops will take place every Tuesday at 7pm. It is highly recommended that everyone attend these workshops. Prototyping workshops and tours are optional and will be at a different time each week.
Startup Bootcamp fits in with the other entrepreneurial programs at the U of I (54, 1KP, Cozad) to provide resources for entrepreneurs at every stage of development. Teams from 1KP, SocialFuse, and 54 can go through Startup Bootcamp to be better prepared for Cozad.
If you are a student you can join the Startup Bootcamp planning committtee. If you are a graduate or organization you can help Startup Bootcamp by becoming a mentor or sponsor. Contact us for more information.
All startups must have more than 1 founder. We believe that starting a company, and being a part of Startup Bootcamp, is too much for just one person. If you are an individual without a team, we recommend you apply to be an associate.
Associates are individuals with skills that can benefit many of our teams. They help our teams over the program on projects the team might need help with. Associates are able to attend all workshops and get numerous networking opportunities.