05-02-2018  In times of high uncertainty there is an inherent excitement in people to try new things, to set up new businesses and commericalise on these new ideas. “Shaping the Start Up Champion” is a customised programme of coaching and mentoring to deliver the greatest possible chances of success to these BRAVE new ideas. If you feel your idea can be successful, send us a one page “teaser” for review by our “Start Up Champion” Panel ( 

“Shaping the start up Champion” is a series of degree level courses designed to help individuals bring their business ideas, however large or small, to life… either from a commercial or social perspective. The courses are designed to provide the skills, and practical experience, to take ideas and help founders turn these ideas into functioning businesses, to become Start Up Champions.

A process of blended learning is adopted combining one to one coaching with self-learning via different tools, to deliver a fully customized program for every business founder. Gamification and simulations are used to develop the winning mindset needed to succeed in a very challenging, yet exciting environment.

Program Objectives

The key outcomes and objectives of this innovative program are:

  1. The Business Plan– Develop a founder’s business plan for growth with the greatest possible chance of success in a highly uncertain and exciting environment
  2. Skills Development – Develop appropriate skills for business founders that are needed to develop the plan and grow the business in the most effective way
  3. Convert Business Founders to Start Up Champions
  4. Network – Connect Start Up Champions with potential investors and create a unique network of advisers, coaches, investors and start up champions

Program Description

The “Shaping the Start Up Champion” is a program of skills and business concept development, designed for new business founders and entrepreneurs, to increase their ability to grow quickly in rapidly changing, and uncertain, environments. The program comprises a period of learning and coaching to develop, and present, a growth based business plan to a group of potential investors. The program involves a network of experienced coaches and growth consultants, experienced business leaders and potential investors.

The coaches and members of the network are all highly experienced professionals in appropriate areas such as coaching, growth management, strategy and implementation, funding etc.

The program works towards the development of a functional business plan, with the opportunity to present in front of potential investors at exciting remote locations, such as Hawaii, California or Grand Cayman Islands, as part of the final assessment.

Areas covered in this unique program are: Introduction to the Start up Champion, Psychology of the Start Up Champion in the Market, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Agility and Adaptability, Analyzing and Assessing Information, Financial modeling, planning and management of your venture, Funding Opportunities and Responsibilities (w/financial implications), Driving Growth, Visualizing and Shaping the future, Curiosity and Imagination, Planning to win, Gaming within the process of Entrepreneurship to Learn Limited Parts and Concepts, Linking and collaborating with people and networks, Presentation and Communication Skills, Delivering Performance.

This programme is run by Rushmore University, an on line CMI accredited University in the US, in conjunction with BMC Global Services Ltd, a CMI accredited centre in the UK, and The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc., based in the US.

The skills that are coached embrace critical thinking skills, creativity and innovation cultures, financial modeling, winning in uncertain environments, developing stakeholder networks, developing platform and digital strategies etc.. The development process is designed specifically for the delegate and their chosen start up project. All activities are based on the start up project of the delegate with everything being totally customized.

The program works specifically to develop the unique mentality of a successful entrepreneur, learned from winning athletes and entrepreneurs, to provide the resilience necessary to help game changers succeed.

The program is designed to provide a qualification, and also pass on the skills needed to increase the possibility of success in highly competitive and uncertain environments, whilst providing credibility to business plans prior to presenting to potential investors and other stakeholders.

Have your business idea reviewed by the “Shaping the Start Up Champion” Panel by completing the review on

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