Be Your Own Boss seminar series

The Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) seminar series aim is to help take your bright idea from concept to reality. The seminars cover everything from how to build a great business, to how to pitch your idea in front of a boardroom or live audience.

These free evening seminars are open to everyone, including students, staff and businesses. Whether you want to take your business ideas further or advance your skills to support and shape your career, our seminars can help.

Meet our speakers

Delivered by successful entrepreneurs from a wide range of fields, these seminars will give you invaluable hands-on tips and advice on team building, presenting, pitching, marketing, video production and much more.


It is not what you know, it’s who you know.

Networking can provide you with a wealth of opportunities. It may be the most important time you will spend with your peers to create connections for the future. That’s why we ensure that there will be time after each seminar to network and enjoy refreshments with other peers, speakers, academics or business owners.

List of events


12-2pm Chelmsford
4-6pm Cambridge



Networking, Idea Generation and Brainstorming 11 October 2018  Cambridge
Market Research/Competitor Analysis 18 October 2018 Chelmsford
Marketing and Social Media 25 October 2018 Cambridge
Social Enterprise 1 November 2018 Chelmsford
Finances 8 November 2018  Cambridge
Intellectual Property 15 November 2018 Chelmsford
Business Model Canvas 22 November 2018 Cambridge
The Speaker Expert 29 November 2018 Chelmsford
Going it Alone 9 December 2018 Cambridge
Let's Celebrate! 13 December 2018 Cambridge

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Seminars alternate between Cambridge and Chelmsford, but you can watch all sessions on Facebook Live. Tune in on

Quotes from Anglia Ruskin students

“I enjoyed all of the seminars I’ve been able to attend. They were a wealth of information and all free!“

“Managing finances, creating business plans and spotting new opportunities were frightening before I started on the Be Your Own Boss seminars now I have gained a lot of confidence.”

“Each element of the series is vital for any business growth, I have seen my business ideas take shape after the series and have moved from just dreaming to acting.”

“I have run an online radio station for ten years and could not grow it but now with the skills acquired we are able to move beyond the technical/engineering skills to running the station as a business.”

“Enrolling for the seminars has been the best thing I have done for myself in the past year and would encourage everyone who is serious about business to enrol so that their dreams become a reality.”

“Business running skills are crucial to all, particularly engineers with our kind of thinking and training.”