Bootcamp: HP LIFE E-Learning overview

HP’s LIFE e-Learning online training program for entrepreneurs is free for anyone to use and will be the basis of the CTL’s Making It Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp. It focuses on real-life business and technology skills to start or grow businesses or integrate entrepreneurship lessons into your educational program. The courses are interactive, self-paced, and full of practical exercises. For more information about the Making It Happen Bootcamp visit

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Campers will choose at least one module from the list below to complete each week. Campers will receive a special login link to receive credit. In other words, you can’t do work before the camp starts! 🙂  If you complete all of the modules in a topic, you will receive a HP certificate. However, to receive credit in the Bootcamp you only need to complete 1 module in each topic, in addition to the assignments.

Assignments include completing a Pre-Camp and Post-Camp survey, a weekly reflection (blog) post, participation in a weekly 1 hour meeting, and completion of a lesson plan (template will be provided).  Detailed instructions will follow.

Week 1: Pre-Camp Work (Survey, Kickoff, other activities)

Week 2: Finance

  • Basics of finance: Learn key concepts to understand your expenses and find out when you will make a profit
  • Profit and loss: Learn to calculate profit and loss (P&L) considering all costs, including your hidden expenses.
  • Finding funding: Explore sources and strategies to obtain funding for your business.
  • Cash flow: Explore how to monitor and track your cash flow.
  • Sales forecasting: Learn why sales forecasting is important for your business and how to gather information to make a sales forecast.

Week 3: Marketing

  • Social media marketing: Explore a range of social media marketing campaigns.
  • Unique value proposition: Explore how you can differentiate your business from your competitors’ businesses.
  • Selling online: Learn how to create effective online listings for your products.
  • Setting prices: Explore how to price your products and services effectively.
  • Marketing benefits vs. features: Learn how to effectively market the benefits of your product or service to your target market.

Week 4: Operations

  • Maximizing capacity: Learn to maximize your business’s capacity to produce goods or services.
  • Managing contact information: Explore how to easily capture and access key information about your customers and other contacts.
  • Customer relationship management (CRM): Learn how to build your business by using a customer relationship management (CRM) tool.
  • Hiring staff: Learn how to select the right candidate for a job and create a job application using word processing software.
  • Inventory management: Learn ways to manage your inventory to maintain successful business operations and maximize your profit.
  • IT for business skills: Determine the types of technology solutions that best address your business goals.

Week 5: Communication

  • Your target audience: Explore how you can gather information about your customers and potential customers.
  • Effective presentations: Create targeted and engaging presentations for a variety of audiences.
  • Business email: Learn how to write business emails that effectively communicate with customers and suppliers.
  • Presenting data: Learn about different types of charts and graphs that can help people understand and value your business.
  • Effective business websites: Learn how to build a user-friendly website that meets your business goals and effectively reaches your target audience.

Week 6: Wrapup discussion, Lesson plans, Post-Survey