Be Your Own Boss webinars

Our Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) webinar series aims to help take your bright idea from concept to reality.

The webinars 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 webinars are open to all students. Whether you want to take your business ideas further or advance your skills to support and shape your career, our sessions can help.

Our speakers

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


It's 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 make sure there's time after each webinar to network with other students, speakers, academics or business owners.

2021/22 webinars

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This programme consists of ten free evening webinars which take place on Wednesdays from 5–6.30pm.

Welcome to Be Your Own Boss 2021
Learn the importance of networking and sharing ideas and how it can influence and support your future.
29 September 2021
Idea Validation
Ask the all-important questions to find out whether your idea will work and identify your Unique Selling Point (USP).
6 October 2021
Launch the Start-up
Explore your business plan and the process of setting up a business. Get comfortable with what it takes to go it alone.
13 October 2021
All About the Money
Discover everything about finance, funding, and forecasting. Be financially equipped and ready to complete a financial forecast. Find out about 1-2-1 business support!
20 October 2021
Marketing - Your Customer Avatar
Explore your customer avatar and understand who your ideal customer is. Identify your market better and put together a marketing strategy.
27 October 2021
Marketing - The Marketing Plan
Understand the different components of a marketing strategy. You will be able to put together a plan of action for your ideal customer.
3 November 2021
Reflection and Round-table Discussion
Hear from previous BYOB students who have gone onto 'go it alone' and launch their start-up. Reflect on your personal business goals and reach your highest potential.
10 November 2021
Creating the Perfect Pitch
Master the art of persuasion and learn how to pitch your product or business to potential investors, clients, and business partners.
17 November 2021
Content for Your Presentation
Perfect the content you will deliver during the all-important pitch.
24 November 2021
Review, Reflection and Next Steps
Reflect on the business goals you set earlier on in the programme and outline your goals moving forward. Find out what else is available to you!
1 December 2021


What ARU students say

“I enjoyed all of the sessions 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 Be Your Own Boss. 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.”

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