Entrepreneur School Launched in Chelmsford, Essex 8th July 2009
Entrepreneur School Launched in Chelmsford, Essex 8th July 2009
I am pleased to confirm that Entrepreneur School (Essex) launched on the 8th July 2009. Her eis the launch document.
“UK-wide Entrepreneur Schools to help you learn about business and increase your contact network”
1. Million Impossible – The Online Entrepreneur Network
2. Introduction to Entrepreneur School
3. How will it work?
4. The UK Roll-out
5. Who can attend?
6. Entrepreneur School Networking Members
7. Entrepreneur School Area Leaders
8. Learning about Business and Developing Commercial Acumen
9. Entrepreneur School Speakers
1. Entrepreneur School – Making the Dream a Reality
2. Quarterly Entrepreneur Seminars
3. One person, One Business, One Million Pounds
4. Entrepreneur School / Million Impossible TV
5. Becoming an Entrepreneur School leader
Million Impossible – The online entrepreneur network
Million Impossible (Mi) was initially borne out of the business career and experiences of facing adversity of its Managing Director, Bradley Chapman. The original concept has now come a long way and, with a limited
amount of financial resources, we have managed to build the online networking framework from which we plan to launch Entrepreneur School.
The Mi network is not too far away from reaching 10,000 members. We have many planned changes to the website, which will take place over the coming months. We intend to increase the user experience of the site as we move toward becoming the UK’s leading online and face-to-face networking business.
During August, we have a high-level web developer joining our business, who will be fully focused on developing Million Impossible’s current offering. In November we will once again be exhibiting at our third Business Startups event, which is held at London Olympia.
We are planning to move to new Chelmsford premises in August, which will allow us to increase our headcount. The new building will be our home for two years and can hold up to 40 employees.
Million Impossible TV is on the horizon and we are also considering going live with office web cameras to create a reality business TV website, similar to Big Brother. It may be quite controversial, but equally it could turn into a big PR opportunity.
Introduction to Entrepreneur School
With so many businesses predicted to fail within the next two years, it is now more important than ever before to create support groups and business networks that can offer help and advice to UK entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur School will offer a mix of business education and business networking opportunities. We will welcome aspiring entrepreneurs, seed businesses, start-ups and established businesses, inviting them to become a member of a single school or a number of schools.
Entrepreneur School (ES) will launch in Chelmsford on 8th July 2009 and this initial school will run fortnightly events on Wednesdays at Shire Hall. The first two events in Chelmsford will be focused on moulding and perfecting the event layout, content and agenda.
There will be two types of attendees at each event. The first will be people who wish to learn about business in general by listening to the guest speakers and networking to increase their business contact base. The second type of attendees will be entrepreneurs who are interested in running and hosting an Entrepreneur School event themselves.
How will it work?
- Any member of Million Impossible, free or fully subscribed, can apply to head up, run and lead an ES. During our launch night and over the forthcoming weeks, we will look to appoint an Area Leader within each geographic region. We intend to grow to UK-wide coverage over a 18-24 month period.
- Each Entrepreneur School will be able to grow its own member base and numbers will vary between groups of 15-50+ depending upon the Area Leader’s activity, motivation and the support they receive from Million Impossible account managers.
Each Entrepreneur School will initially follow a pre-determined format, which will then be moulded and shaped by the management team at Million Impossible and the ES Area Leaders in a closed forum on the main Million Impossible website. Area Leaders will also be actively involved in an Entrepreneur School open forum for members to engage people in online post-event networking. This will enable maximum cross-pollination of ideas and both member and business referrals.
The agenda for each event will be something like this:-
6.00pm – Meet and greet
6.10pm – Welcome from the Area Leader – ES group update
6.30pm – 1st speaker/ tutor
6.50pm – Buffet and drinks & group networking
7.10pm – 2nd speaker/ tutor
7.30pm – Group networking/One-to-one networking/Referrals
8.00pm – Networking to close at 8.30pm-9.00pm
Entrepreneur School is both for people aspiring to start and run a business as well as experienced entrepreneurs, who are already running a business. We all need help, support and guidance at every stage of our business – whether it is with issues surrounding company formation or a management buyout or even Stock Market flotation. We can all give something and we can all learn something.
The aim of each Entrepreneur School event will be for members/networkers to learn all about aspects of being in and running a business, to pass on business referrals, to network and increase their contacts base. Members will also be able to offer help and support to budding and aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses, mentor and tutor each other, and talk about business successes and failures to raise and build the confidence levels of individuals who would not normally use face-to-face networking to build their business.
Entrepreneur School face-to-face networking events for networkers will be charged at about £15-£20 + VAT per event, which will include a light buffet and drinks in many schools. Multiple booking discounts will also be available.
Entrepreneur School leaders who choose to head up and run an ES area/event will pay a sponsorship/license fee and will initially run their area for 6 months or 1 year, with an option to extend. School leaders/sponsors will benefit from an income opportunity, raised profile and marketing status with Million Impossible’s online network, ES Group marketing and Raw Business Magazine exposure. Each Entrepreneur School head sponsor will also become a moderator and use Million Impossible’s business forums as an extended communication/business link with all Entrepreneur School members to talk, discuss, share and contribute online with their peers.
Each Entrepreneur School head sponsor will also be able to use Million Impossible’s online community chat as an extended communication/business link and live discussion with all Entrepreneur School members to deliver a live webinar/discussion on varying business topics.
Entrepreneur School attendance numbers are only limited by the venue size and interest of the number of members wishing to join and get involved. There will be recognition for the Entrepreneur School leaders who grow their schools/networking events to 25, 50, 75 and 100 members.
Entrepreneur School is an amazing online and face-to-face networking opportunity for all UK businesses. When I first came up with the idea of Million Impossible, I never dreamed I would know the people I now know and have experienced the things that I have.
It makes me so proud that our members are starting to engage and help one another. I hope that, with your help, Entrepreneur School becomes a UK-wide success story of leading business networking events.
The UK roll-out
- The first area to launch (Chelmsford) will be known as the ES head office branch. It is our intention to roll out Entrepreneur Schools in as many UK towns as possible. Generally, business owners will travel 10 miles to an event. In Essex, for example, we could quite easily have 10 additional Schools:
We plan to have between 5-10 Entrepreneur Schools in each county and roll out to all 50+ counties as quickly as possible, including taking in Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland.
The UK roll-out will be fully supported by Million Impossible and Raw Magazine, both online and in print, through business forums, newsletters, business articles and press releases.
Who can attend?
We welcome anybody that has an interest in business, whether it be as a student, an aspiring entrepreneur, a start-up business or an established business owner. We also welcome speakers, business tutors, business coaches in any industry and any business sector – everything from undertakers to IPO specialists.
Retired entrepreneurs are also welcome, as well as anyone who is currently employed but thinking about making the entrepreneurial journey.
Anyone can attend any meeting at any Entrepreneur School – but they must at least be registered as a free member of the Million Impossible Network. Area Leaders will administer each event and be responsible for signing members in on an attendance sheet. The greater number of free/fully subscribed members that attend, the greater the online and face-to-face networking activity. Word-of-mouth promotion and referrals to join an Entrepreneur School event will be the key to our success.
School networking members
- Everyone can learn something from someone else. Some people are experienced at networking while others are perhaps new to the networking scene. Your Entrepreneur School leader and networking colleagues will make you feel comfortable and warm and will introduce you to other members in your group. After your ES event, you have the option to go online and visit the Million Impossible website to engage with others on the business forums, download useful documents, read inspiring stories and browse the profiles of thousands of UK-wide Million Impossible members.
Entrepreneur School face-to-face networking events for networkers will be charged at about £15-£20 + VAT per event, which will include a light buffet and drinks in many schools. Multiple booking discounts will also be available, as will lifetime unlimited use VIP passes.
School Area Leaders
Area Leaders will be responsible for the co-ordination and running of their area event. Each School will be run according to specific procedures, while also allowing entrepreneurial flair to develop. Regional ES meetings are to be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8.30pm. Running the networking events across three days allows flexibility for members who wish to visit other Entrepreneur School groups. Million Impossible MD Bradley Chapman will be touring different regional events to add value wherever he can to each region.
Attendance fees will be about £15-£20 + VAT per event, depending on whether food is supplied. The head of the ES will welcome everyone to the event, give details of the evening’s line-up of speakers and run through how the event works for newcomers.
Two or three new speakers should address the attendees at each event, with their contributions lasting no more than 10 minutes each – 30 minutes in total. The topics should be varied and educational, representing great value for the attendees. Speakers will be booked in advance and will be promoted by Million Impossible’s online network, newsletters, business forums, business articles and Raw Business Magazine, which is published bi-monthly both online and in printed editions.
The speakers for an event will be allowed to put up a table and a roller banner to promote their services after they and other speakers have delivered their educational presentations.
From about 7.15pm, the event moves into a networking format, during which attendees have the opportunity to talk and discuss any aspect of business with any other attendees. The team at Million Impossible will manage all payments and process all orders for each School. Area Leaders will receive a commission for their School, paid monthly in arrears. We anticipate that each event will vary from 10 to 50+ members, depending on the activity, networking skills and energy of the Entrepreneur School leader.
We will supply each Area Leader with two/three pop-up banners promoting Million Impossible’s online network and one promoting ES with a ‘sponsored by’ logo for their own business.
Each Entrepreneur School and the businesses owned by the Area Leaders will appear in a double page spread update for ES in each edition of Raw Business Magazine. Leaders will have their own forum section on the Mi business forum through which they can communicate with other Area Leaders. Leaders will also have a leaders-only business forum to discuss strategy.
The Million Impossible sales team will generate sales for ES by communicating with businesses in each geographic area. We will offer single, monthly and annual subscriptions for each School and the Area Leader will also be responsible for their own networking among his or her existing contacts. Some venues will cater for 10, 25, 50 and 75+ members, so different Schools will require venues that are cost-effective and scalable to enable each area to expand.
Further exposure will come as a result of being an Area Leader through Million Impossible’s continual and ongoing promotion of ES to our internal and external members. There is a wealth of opportunity – in return for a nominal fee and a little preparation and personal effort – for ES to help you to grow your own business and the team at Million Impossible, County Heads and Area Leaders to contribute to an ever-growing skill and knowledge base.
Learning about business and developing commercial acumen
- When we started Million Impossible, we undertook a lot of research and most entrepreneurs told us that they would have liked easier access to help, guidance and advice and access to funding when they first started their businesses.
Why should so many people fail in business and suffer the heartache or personal loss? Entrepreneurs take risks, of course, but they do not always consider the worst possible outcome – that they could lose everything. If we can, in any way, impart our own knowledge and help others, then we might actually be able to increase the chances of success among other entrepreneurs.
We believe passionately that if we unite as entrepreneurs, we can achieve anything together. Perhaps this is just a romantic notion – but perhaps not.
Entrepreneur School business education will be delivered by our members and by guest speakers who wish to appear at our UK-wide events. The event speakers will deliver knowledge and experience through 10-minute presentations. Each School will have one or two speakers per event.
We will prepare in advance a list of speakers who will be appearing at specific ES events. ES members who have 6- and 12-month passes will be allowed to multi-pass and can in theory attend any event of their choosing, depending upon their thirst for knowledge.
The seminars delivered by the speakers can be filmed and placed on Mi Tube for future reference (there will be a nominal fee and pre-booking for video filming should this be required).
After each ES event, business education can continue online through Million Impossible business forums, community chat and live chat functions. Fully subscribed Mi members will also be able to browse and engage other Mi Impossible members across the country through the member database.
As the business rolls out, both Million Impossible and Entrepreneur School leaders and members will be able to source and secure further speakers for future events. Each School will also enable members to request a speaker position.
Entrepreneur School Speakers
Entrepreneur School speakers will deliver a 15-30minute presentation about their field of expertise. The member guest speakers at any event will be entitled to bring a pop-up banner, sales literature, which will be handed out to all attendees as they arrive, and sales assistance, if required, to speak to School members about their business after the speaker sessions.
The content of their seminar should be on the business area that they cover and focus on an educational delivery that offers great takeaway value for the ES members. After the seminar, during the group networking session, members will be able to approach speakers and discuss their business requirements. No other literature apart from business cards may be handed out during the event in order to keep the focus on the evening’s subject.
Once again, the guest speaker’s seminar can be filmed and placed on Mi tube for all UK-wide members to view. Speakers will inevitably pick up business from their seminars – both from their own School and, with Mi Tube coverage, potentially also from Million Impossible’s wider online network, which extends across the whole of UK and some international regions.
Bradley Chapman, Managing Director of Million Impossible, shares his vision…
Entrepreneur School – Making the dream a reality
- I had a vision at the end of 2007 to create an online and face-to-face networking business that offered help and advice to Mi members. It was perhaps a romantic notion that we could change the way that people think about the way that they grow their businesses.
Many of you will know that giving is a great pleasure. Knowing that you have helped someone in some way is actually quite comforting and if you believe in karma, you should receive help in return in the future.
Many of us use the phrase “I’m too busy”. I have changed my thought process completely and now, wherever possible, make the time to listen to people’s needs. Of course, I cannot do everything – and nobody can. That is why we now need your help to make Entrepreneur School something very special.
With your help, support and guidance, together we might just be able to build a UK-wide network of Entrepreneur Schools that helps both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs, so that they do not have to be alone.
Quarterly entrepreneur seminars
We intend to run quarterly one-day seminars in various parts of the country. The seminars will consist of business workshops and key note speakers.
One person, One business, One million pounds
- I cannot share this information yet. I will bring you all up to speed as soon as non-disclosure agreements have been signed. What I can say is that if we go ahead with the project, the end result will be that one business will win £1million to invest in their company (or retire!).
Entrepreneur School / Million Impossible TV
We have a long-term goal to create a TV channel and are currently in very early stage talks with a media company.
Becoming an Entrepreneur School Leader
- Million Impossible will offer extended support through ticket sales, marketing and brand awareness and we will assign an account manager to work with you, as well as an admin support team.
You can run more than one area on different days of the week if the model is working for you and your business. Area Leaders will be responsible for the co-ordination and running of their specific area event. Each School will run according to specific procedures, while also allowing entrepreneurial flair to develop.
You can opt to run an Entrepreneur School for either a 6- or 12-month term.
We anticipate that each event will vary from 10 to 50+ members, depending on the activity, networking skills and energy of the Entrepreneur School Leader. Each Area Leader will be supplied with two pop-up banners promoting Million Impossible’s online network and one promoting ES with a ‘sponsored by’ logo for their own business.
All Schools and the businesses owned by their leaders will appear in a double page spread for ES in each edition of Raw Magazine. As the number of Schools grows, so will the number of pages. When volume grows significantly, we will move to our own Entrepreneur School network magazine.
Leaders will have their own forum section on the Mi business forum to communicate with other Area Leaders. They can also use a leaders-only business forum to discuss strategy.
The Million Impossible sales team will generate sales for each School by communicating with businesses in your area. We will offer single, monthly and annual subscriptions for your School and you will also be responsible for your own networking among your existing contacts.
Further exposure will come as a result of being an Area Leader through Million Impossible’s continual and ongoing promotion of ES to our internal and external members. There is a wealth of opportunity – in return for a nominal fee and a little preparation and personal effort – for ES to help you to grow your own business and for the team at Million Impossible, County Heads and Area Leaders to contribute to an ever-growing skill and knowledge base.
For further information please visit www.millionimpossible.com