University College London (UCL) is consistently ranked among the top 20 “super-elite” universities in the world by the Times’ Higher Education University Guide, and aims to foster entrepreneurial capabilities among its students, staff, PhD, postdoctoral researchers and alumni.
UCL asked us to facilitate a 1-day virtual Bootcamp to help students, alumni and staff learn how to apply Lean Entrepreneurship principles to explore and launch their business ideas. At the end of the day, participants were expected to pitch their propositions to the rest of the cohort and make a plan for how they will validate their market need.
Studio Zao facilitated a virtual Bootcamp on the Microsoft Teams platform with 26 attendees distributed in 8 teams.
Bespoke Virtual Bootcamp Setup
The Bootcamp was open to students, alumni and staff with diverse skillsets, domains and experience — Neuroscience students, Biochemistry researchers, social policy lecturers, marketing specialists and computer science builders. As such, we sent attendees a pre-work survey in advance of the workshop asking about their background in order to help us effectively allocate them to teams with common themes.
We conducted a remote working design session with UCL Innovation & Enterprise to understand what digital tools have been adopted for remote working during the UK government-enforced COVID-19 lockdown. On the base of this, we set up a working space in the Microsoft Teams platform with private groups and an integrated series of online collaborative templates in Powerpoint (Office 365).