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Italy’s Talented Entrepreneurs Selected for Business Incubation in the UK

What’s the Italian word for entrepreneur?

The SETsquared Partnership (www.setsquared.co.uk) has selected some of Italy's brightest students for an intensive one-week entrepreneurship programme in the UK. Fifteen Italian students will learn from experienced UK entrepreneurs and innovators in an intensive week-long Programme provided by the SETsquared partnership of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.

The participants were selected earlier this summer by SETsquared staffers Karen Brooks, Simon Bond and David Bream during a weekend bootcamp in Bard, Italy. The bootcamp helped the students develop their business ideas with seminars on "the perfect pitch" and making your business investor ready. The weekend culminated in a pitching session with the best teams being selected to attend the Bath Entrepreneurship Programme, which is run in conjunction with the University of Bath's School of Management.

The Entrepreneurship Programme is an intensive, practical course, which helps students to develop a business plan in a week. It combines sessions from entrepreneurs and investors with taught lectures and small-group workshops.

"With this initiative, SETsquared is exporting its knowledge of entrepreneurship to other countries," said Simon Bond, Director of the SETsquared Centre, Bath. "Like the UK, Italy has a great heritage in business and innovation, and we're delighted to work with their next generation of entrepreneurs and equip them with the skills they'll need to create great new European businesses."

SETsquared's services in Italy are funded by Fondazione CRT, a non-profit organization dedicated to the economical, social and cultural development of Piemonte and the Valle d'Aosta region. Support was also provided by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

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