The 10 Week Startup Boot Camp is a structured program that provides resources, preparation, and mentoring to Northampton Community College students interested in developing an idea they have been working on. The boot camp is sponsored by the Follett Family Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northampton Community College. In the spring semester for ten weeks NCC students will be exposed to various resources and opportunities in starting a new venture. Emphasis will be on "learning by doing it". The program will end with a student pitch competition in April. In order to apply, you have to be a current NCC student and have an idea. It can be a business or a social entrepreneurial idea.
The deadline to apply is Friday, January 22nd, 2021. Based on the number of applications we receive, 15 student led ideas will be selected to participate in the 10 week program. Finalists will be notified on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021. You can submit up to two ideas for consideration. If you are submitting more than one idea, then submit one application per idea. NCC student entrepreneurs will be able to access the following resources during the boot camp.
- Experienced mentors
- Proto-type developing sessions in the Fab Lab
- A copy of The Startup Owner’s Manual
- Facilitated sessions to develop your plan including the final presentation
- Supplies to develop your prototype
Testimonials from our 2019 Participants
"I really enjoyed the boot camp. I got to meet really passionate people and get their valuable feedback on my product. Getting the opportunity to utilize the resources in the Fab Lab to create a prototype for the Student Business Pitch Competition was really fun. The best part about the boot camp for me was watching my fellow boot campers practice presenting their presentations. They all had so much passion. I plan on signing up for the program again for spring 2020!”
“The first couple of weeks are really crucial in determining if your business is really viable. This is where you really sit down and decide what you want your business to accomplish and how you want it to do it. My favorite part of the program was the pitch competition because everyone has all these emotions building up that allows them to give a moving pitch.”
Founder, People’s Champion
“When I was accepted into the program my doubts of not being capable to bring my ideas into life faded away. From that moment I knew that I was about to work on my idea for real. For me, every single week was important. I took every week as an opportunity to learn and to exchange with people that I knew could help me move forward. My favorite memory was working on my prototype inside the Fab Lab with the staff members.”
Founder, Rally Point
“Going through the boot camp and the actual pitch competition added to my confidence. This confidence fueled my creativity and allowed me to push past some barriers I had for myself.”
“I was privileged to take part in the business pitch competition where I went through the 8 week boot camp to polish my idea into a marketable one. I'm glad I was a part of the first edition of this program because it helped me develop my idea; Vmatch (building the culture of high school volunteering in Ghana) into one that I can pitch anywhere now and later. My best week was the fifth week when we had our first pitching trial. The constructive criticisms I received from Raja and Professor Sue and my colleagues pushed me to put more effort into doing my homework.”