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.

2020/21 webinars

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All seminars run from 5–6.30pm.

Introduction and Networking
Understand the art of networking and how it can influence and support your future
7 October 2020
Going it Alone
Learn how to launch a start-up business and become tax-savvy
14 October 2020
Business Planning
Use the Business Planning Canvas as a focus to build and map our your company's future
28 October 2020
Get the finances right by understanding what's involved in producing a three-year financial plan
4 November 2020

Intellectual Property
Find out how to protect your original inventions and artistic creations with commercial potential
11 November 2020

Sales and Marketing
Learn to market products/services to your target customers using the most effective methods of marketing to boost your sales
18 November 2020
Start-up Business Survival
Ensure business survival, sustainability and growth during difficult times
25 November 2020
Technology in Business
Learn to apply efficiency to your business with tech tools required in today's fast-moving businesses
27 January 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.”