Calling all graduate entrepreneurs

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Graduates with an idea for a business are being urged to take advantage of a support package designed to help launch new companies.

Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) is recruiting for its Graduate Start up Programme, which will run until September 2014 and aims to support around 70 entrepreneurs.

Applicants are chosen through a selection process including an open day and boot camp. Successful graduates will be offered a financial support package; bespoke business skills training; 40 hours of mentoring from industry experts; regular meetings and advice from an experienced business coach as well as organised events and networking opportunities.

The next invite-only open day is being held at the new Tremough Innovation Centre in March.

Invited graduates will have the opportunity to speak to some of Cornwall’s leading business experts and take part in bespoke seminars designed to test them and their business idea.

UCP programme director Allyson Glover is urging anyone who has the spark of an idea to come forward. She said: “It doesn’t matter if it’s only an idea on the back of a napkin, if you have a fully worked-out business plan but haven’t yet taken the plunge or even if you have been trading for 12 months or less, we can potentially help you at whatever stage of your enterprising journey.”

To attend this event, applications must be received by March 14. For more details, click here.

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