If you have a idea you want to turn into a software product and a yen to run your own business on the back of it you may be interested in the new Flying Start program being launched by the NCGE.
The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) is a government funded not-for-profit organisation that works with Higher Education institutions in England to promote entrepreneurship education and to provide business start-up support for students and graduates. It has teamed up with Microsoft and Agitavi Research to create a business start-up program for final year students, post-graduates and graduates (of up to 5 years on) who plan to launch a software business based in the UK.
The program begins with a 3 day residential course held at Wokefield Manor in Reading, on 16, 17 and 18 December 2008. Fees, accommodation and subsistence for all 3 days are included. If you are starting (or have just started) a software business and you want some professional support (and some free food) then it is well worth a look.