New course to see entrepreneurs compete for seed capital

A unique new course which pits entrepreneurs against their peers in a series of challenges in order to pitch for capital investment is being launched at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

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The MSc Entrepreneurship begins in September 2016

A unique new course which pits entrepreneurs against their peers in a series of challenges in order to pitch for capital investment is being launched at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Students on the MSc Entrepreneurship, which begins this September, will compete against fellow entrepreneurs in tasks which are all related to their own business ventures.

Challenges will focus on innovation, market engagement, internationalisation, finance, and business model, and will culminate in a real pitching event with the entrepreneurs competing for seed capital.

The full-time, one-year course is aimed at ambitious future entrepreneurs from a range of backgrounds, including engineering and science.

It includes a two-week placement within a European start-up company to experience the entrepreneurial journey first-hand, and the group will also work together to set up and run a social enterprise throughout the course.

This course is all about the ideas of the entrepreneurs so the learning is all focused on their own venture, not case studies.

Dr Kostas Galanakis, Programme Leader MSc Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurs will also have access to start-up programmes run by Nottingham Trent University's centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise, The Hive, as well as free advice on intellectual property rights from Nottingham Law School's Legal Advice Centre. Throughout the course they will build their connections to experts, other entrepreneurs, business angels and capitalists.

Dr Kostas Galanakis, Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Business School and Programme Leader MSc Entrepreneurship, said:

"There are no other entrepreneurship courses which integrate an element of real competition through a series of challenges, international exposure of students' ventures and the creation of a social enterprise. The combination of these elements will teach the entrepreneurs how to control risk and uncertainty, implement solutions and maximise opportunities, but also how to become responsible entrepreneurs.

"This course is all about the ideas of the entrepreneurs so the learning is all focused on their own venture, not case studies. We want to encourage evolution of thinking and help them to develop a work ethos which sets them up to succeed."

Nottingham Business School's MSc Entrepreneurship beings in September 2016. For further information email: Nottingham Business School enquiries, Tel: +(0)115 848 4460 or visit the course website.

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New course to see entrepreneurs compete for seed capital

Published on 1 April 2016
  • Category: Business; The Hive; Nottingham Business School; Nottingham Law School

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