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What is the "CARES Entrepreneurship Bootcamp"? 

The CARES Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (CEB) is a 3-session workshop designed for students from all disciplines who are interested in learning basic concepts and techniques to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The Bootcamp offers students three intensive, one-hour and a half sessions designed by startup experts from the corporate, public, and non-profit sectors. Participating students will receive introductory knowledge on tools and techniques they need in order to successfully start or grow their own business. 

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College of Liberal Arts

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Nov 6-20, 2020 


The College of Liberal Arts 2020 CEB will take place on November 6, 13, and 20, 2020. All sessions will be held virtually. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning on October 21, 2020, through November 4, 2020, at 5:00 pm. This Bootcamp is limited to a cohort of 36 students.

Student participants that attend all of the sessions will receive a $200 service award at the semester's end. The winners of the College of Liberal Arts Bootcamp will have the opportunity to participate in the CARES Grand Bootcamp Competition, which will be held in the Spring 2021 semester. The Grand Bootcamp competition cash awards will be as follows $8,000 per team for fist (1st) place; $5,000 per team for a second (2nd) place; and $2,000 per team for third (3rd) place.  

College of Liberal Arts students that register for the CEB will also automatically meet one of the eligibility pre-requisites needed in order to sign up for the UTEP Center for Arts Entrepreneurship (CAE) Arts Entrepreneurship Internship Program. The CAE will provide students with hands-on training in working with the media including television, print, and radio. Students will do mock interviews, training in marketing skills, including printed and digital advertising, event promotion, utilizing social media for business, event planning, and audience, engagement/development. It will partner interns with a local arts organization in their discipline to get real-world experiences of how arts organizations work behind the scenes, including all aspects of business management.

These engagement activities are designed to spark and grow students’ entrepreneurial spirits, hone their business development skills, and be better positioned for their career path of choice.


CARES Entrepreneurship Bootcamp provides students with an introduction to:

  • Essential entrepreneurship concepts and language.
  • Evaluating ideas and important aspects of it. 
  • Communicating their business idea easily and effectively.
  • Understanding the problem from their market’s point-of-view.
  • Developing sustainable strategies for their idea, venture, or already established business.
  • Understanding the financial side of an entrepreneurial journey.
  • Crafting a good elevator pitch.




Friday, November 6, 2020 
Friday, November 13, 2020
  Friday, November 20, 2020.


2:00pm - 3:30pm


Zoom Platform





November 6, 2020: Introduction to Entrepreneurship


Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Opportunities Everywhere
Sizing the Market
Who’s an Entrepreneur?
Mistakes and Lessons Learned from Entrepreneurs

Introduction to essential entrepreneurship concepts and language.  

Initial evaluation of an idea and important aspects evaluating ideas.

November 13, 2020: Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas 
Create a business that works 
Understand your customers 
Understand your business  
Complete the Canvas

Introduction to a visual entrepreneurship chart to develop sustainable strategies for your idea, venture, or already established business. 

After this week, participants should be able to communicate their business idea easily and

November 20, 2020: Understanding Financials & Pitch Day

Financing a Venture and Choosing an investor
How much should we raise? For what purpose?
How much my idea is worth?
What Entrepreneurs and Investors want?

Elevator Pitch
Crafting a good elevator pitch
Videos and templates to create effective pitches

Understand the financial side of the entrepreneurial journey from start to conclusion.

Learn how to craft and deliver an effective Pitch.

 Click Here to sign up for the Liberal Arts 2020 CARES Bootcamp! 




Mandatory Requirements: CARES Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Student participants that complete the mandatory requirements will receive the $200 service award.

  • Register for CARES Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.
  • Attend all sessions. All sessions are 90 minutes in length and students must be present for the entire duration of each session.
  • Complete a survey after each session

Optional: CAE Arts Entrepreneurship Internship Program.

  • Student participants that complete the CARES Bootcamp will attain the CARES Bootcamp eligibility pre-requisite for the CAE Internship Program.
  • You may download the application for the Arts Entrepreneurship Internship Program here
  • You may download a copy of the Internship FAQs here 

Technical Requirements:

  • Internet connection. If you need help, request a mobile hotspot here.
  • Access to Zoom platform


Sign up for the CARES Bootcamp

The Bootcamp is limited to a cohort of 36 students;  acceptance into the program is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will be open from October 21st through November 4th.


For additional questions, please contact us:

Bootcamp Coordinator:
Krystal Calderon