As well as attending the industry retreats, students are encouraged to attend these courses to demonstrate impact from their research and develop knowledge and competencies to work effectively and collaboratively with businesses in addressing the Industrial challenges.

The courses have been designed to address the following questions:

  • Why is an enterprising mind-set relevant for a researcher? 
  • How can I create a feasible idea from my research that can transform into real business innovation? 
  • How do I develop a business plan to present to investors? 
  • Why is the team as important as the product to take to market? 
  • How can I best interact with industry in order to persuade them to invest in my idea?

Industry & Enterprise Professional Development Courses

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset (Webinar)

Tutor: Jane-Lisa Coughlan

The webinar provides participants with an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset and how to develop one as researchers.  It introduces key concepts that will help you start to transform the way you think about your research or potential new venture creations.  A key skill of the entrepreneur is being able to reflect so participants will have the opportunity to interact with Imperial student entrepreneurs and learn how these cases might apply to their own endeavours.

After completing this workshop, you will be better able to

  • Recognise the effectiveness of having a mindset for enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Understand the entrepreneurial mindset and how this relates to your research skills
  • Identify cases of the entrepreneurial mindset to help re-frame your thinking
  • Apply the entrepreneurial mindset to research or venture creation

Dates

To view the dates that this webinar will run and book your place on a session, please follow the link

Enterprising Skills and Entrepreneurial Attributes

Tutor: Helal Ahmed

Having an enterprising mind- and skill-set and will help you succeed in your career, whether in business, academia or other areas. This workshop will explore: what these are; how they link with being an entrepreneur; how well they describe you; and how you can develop them during your time at Imperial. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to

  • Identify key skills and attributes required to become an enterprising and entrepreneurial person
  • Analyse barriers to developing enterprising skills and entrepreneurial attributes and how they can be overcome
  • Identify your key competencies linked to superior performers
  • Identify opportunities to develop your enterprising skills and entrepreneurial attributes
  • Analyse and evaluate your enterprising skills and entrepreneurial attributes 

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Idea Generation: Why Didn’t I Think of That?

PRE-BOOKING INFORMATION

Please note: We would advise you to ideally attend the following introductory course to the suite - 'Enterprising Skills and Entrepreneurial Attributes' beforehand. 

Tutor: Caroline Hargreaves

Coming up with, and testing, new hypotheses are at the heart of research. Generating, and evaluating, novel ideas or ways of doing things is at the heart of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this workshop you will be introduced to, and practice using, a suite of tools to help with creative idea generation and begin to assess idea feasibility.

On completion of this workshop and with the post course materials, you should be better able to:

  • Recognise the terms “demand-pull” and “knowledge-push” and how they may affect innovation
  • Implement a 6 step ideation framework
  • Assess techniques for creative problem solving and future innovation
  • Generate ideas (research/other) to take forward
  • Evaluate and select ideas using a criteria based matrix

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Generating a Business Model Canvas

PRE-BOOKING INFORMATION

The pre-requisite to this course is that you must have attended the 'Idea Generation: Why didn't I think of that?' course. 
You will also need to come prepared with a business idea you can work on and share with the group. 

Tutor: Helal Ahmed

In order to go from an idea into a business, you need to understand how you will make money: What is the model you are going to adopt? As part of this workshop you should bring a potential business idea with you.  During this workshop you will explore the value chain in your business idea and then design a business model canvas to help you consider how your venture might work. The session will conclude with you exploring the competitive environment of your business.  

On completion of this workshop you will be able to

  • Identify and then analyse the value chain in your business idea
  • Design a business model canvas
  • Analyse and evaluate your business model canvas
  • Analyse the competitive environment of your business

Dates

There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

Building an Enterprising Team

PRE-BOOKING INFORMATION

Please note: We would advise you to ideally attend the following introductory course to the suite - 'Generating a Business Model Canvas' beforehand. 

Tutor: Paul Seldon

Investors will look at the team as much as, if not more than, the concept you plan to take to market. As well as making sure the technical and business skills are covered, it is crucial that the team share a vision and pull in the same direction. This workshop will look at your preferred team role, communication within and outside of your enterprise, and the tech/business skills needed at different stages of the business growth.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Examine team role preferences and assess how you and others work in teams
  • Differentiate the needs of your enterprise at different stages of development
  • Recognise how to build, motivate and lead an enterprising team
  • Identify those you need around you to build different types of ventures
  • Implement techniques for improving communication with stakeholders including collaborators and investors 

Dates

Thursday 28 November 2019, 14:00 - 17:00, South Kensington - COURSE CANCELLED
Friday 6 March 2020, 10:00 - 13:00, South Kensington

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Pitching to Industry

Tutor: External

This workshop jointly delivered by experts in pitching and communication provides participants with training on how to pitch your research confidently and communicate effectively to industrial audiences and key stakeholders.  It offers coaching tips and practice on how to present your research for maximum impact whether you are looking to engage and inspire your audience and/or seek investment.  The session is organised into small groups of max 5 per coach (10 students in total) and there will be opportunities to receive peer feedback as well as feedback from both coaches with group and individual exercises.  Pitches may be filmed to provide opportunities for further reflection.  Students will need to come prepared with material for the pitches and pre-session material will be provided in advance of the session to guide this preparatory work.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to

  • Identify what industry and key stakeholders need to hear and see in pitches and presentations
  • Understand how to construct a memorable pitch or presentation
  • Develop more effective ways of communicating your research to industry
  • Apply appropriate communication skills to present with confidence and professionalism

 

Dates

Friday 24 January 2020, 14:00 - 18:00, South Kensington


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