Two sets of hands working at a table

Business Bootcamp

business bootcamp

Davidson College Business Bootcamps break down topics like business models, customer development, value propositions, basic legal issues, and other core skills/topics for starting a startup. During an optional follow-up, students form teams to create the materials for a startup (real or purely idea stage).


Its purpose is to help young entrepreneurs successfully execute a new venture. The course will concentrate on new enterprises based on substantial innovations with potential for high growth and funding by venture capitalists. The bootcamp content is primarily based on case discussions in workshops, with the intent of allowing students to derive practical lessons from experience (both successes and failures) in actual ventures.


  • Finding and assessing opportunities
  • Competitive position and basics of strategy
  • Finding co-founders and team building
  • Financing a new venture
  • Basics of company formation and IP
  • Early sales and marketing execution
  • Building an operating plan


  • Feb 25th 2017

See the full schedule for the February 25th Bootcamp below:

10:05-10:20 Introduction (Chris  Boggiano)

10:20-10:55 Topic: Business Model Canvas (Chris Boggiano)

11:00-11:55 Topic: How to get and give capital (Chris Elmore)

12:00-12:30 LUNCH

12:40-1:30 Topic: Sales and Marketing (Mark Iafrate ’10)

1:35-2:05 Topic: Developing (and being part of) a team (Megan Feichtel ’16)

2:05-2:30 Topic: Basics of company formation and IP (Legal) (Justin Agans)

2:35-2:45 Wrap up and closing remarks

2:45-3:00 Refreshments and mingling


  • Sprinkle Room (Fourth Floor Union)


Will you feed me?  Yes.

Is it free? Yes.

Do I have to stay the entire time? Yes, please.

Who are you bringing in? Six experts and entrepreneurs from the area.

I can’t attend either day, will this happen again? First of all, SADNESS! But yes, we will probably do this again.

Whom should I contact with more questions? Contact John-Michael Murphy by using the chat widget at the bottom right of this window.


[su_button url=”” background=”#ac1a2f” size=”8″ icon=”icon: users”]Sign up for the Business Bootcamp[/su_button]

The Hurt Hub logo

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College