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    The Business of Engineering Podcast | Episode One Discussion Thread - Starting From Zero

      We recently launched The Business of Engineering Podcast - a monthly round table discussion in which startup leaders and entrepreneurs discuss various issues related to working in the tech and electronics market. This is the discussion thread for Episode One - Starting From Zero

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      Episode Summary

       

      All tech startups begin with an idea. But how do you take that idea and turn it into a viable business model? In this first episode of The Business of Engineering Podcast, we discuss the challenges associated with 'starting from zero' - from taking the leap into self employment to building an audience, forging professional partnerships and developing your first prototype on a budget.

       

      Contributors

       

      Daniel Burton

      Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager at the Natwest Business Accelerator, a program that enables entrepreneurs across the UK to reach their full potential through coaching, mentoring and one-to-one support.

       

      Ethan Howard

      Founder of Bare Tech, a startup that installs simple, secure operating systems on used laptops to help reduce electrical waste and provide affordable, accessible computers for all.

       

      Rowena Madar & Nook Barnes

      Co-directors at Eat Fish Design, a design consultancy working in the technical and medical engineering sectors to communicate technical information in a visually engaging way for a wider audience.

       

      Talking points addressed in this episode...

       

      • Introductions [0.00]
      • Youth vs Experience - When is the best time in your life to launch your own business? [3.20]
      • The Development Process - At what stage should you start investing in marketing and PR?  [7.50]
      • Networking - Finding mentors and collaborators in your community [12.50]
      • Insights - Customer personas and developing your proof of concept [15.50]
      • Market Research - The best methods for young startups [25.00]
      • Building a team - The first employees you should be targeting [30.00]
      • Prototyping on a Budget [35.00]
      • Surviving the First Year - Overcoming early stage challenges [39.00]

       

      Have you experienced any of the issues discussed in this episode? Share your thoughts, questions for our guest contributors and any feedback you might have in the comments section below.

       

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