The Entrepreneurial Smart Camp

Learn how to launch and manage a high potential new venture

Entrepreneurial Smart Camp

Entrepreneurial Smart Camp

This Summer School course will help you to fine-tune your early business concepts during a hands-on boot camp. Our goal is to build a road-map guiding the way for aspiring entrepreneurs and making you more resilient towards failure. Working in groups, you will be guided through the ‘exciting nightmare’ of taking an idea or a technology to market, growing the venture and securing a successful exit. You will attend guest lectures from sector experts and receive feedback on your ideas from industry leaders. By communicating the hardships of being an entrepreneur, we provide you with insights such as how a customer can adopt your product. No prior knowledge of the subject is required – all we ask is that you are interested in innovation and the creation of wealth.

Further information about Entrepreneurial Smart Camp is available in the course outline.

Teaching methods

Delivered by a mix of face-to-face lectures, classes and facilitated group discussions. You will also work in teams to develop and pitch a business idea. Each team will be guided by experienced venture coaches from academia and industry, and participate in a rigorous course on the theory of entrepreneurship alongside your practical work.

The combination of practical and academic classes enables you to rapidly develop entrepreneurship skills – the ability to recognize, pursue and exploit opportunities regardless of the resources which you currently control.

Working with peers from across the globe, you will proceed quickly but carefully with your ideas, building self-confidence and tapping into fellow students’ diverse skill sets.

Lecture content and class material will be made available through an interactive online teaching and learning hub – the Summer School Hub.


  • 15 minute team business pitch – (50% of final mark)
  • 1 final individual examination – (50% of final mark)

Imperial College London will issue an official transcript with a final overall numerical mark – a breakdown of results will not be provided.

Imperial College London reserves the right to change or alter the courses offered without notice.

Workshops, guest speakers and trips

We will organise a variety of workshops, guest speakers and trips to complement your learning and experience of to the entrepreneurial sector in London. In 2017, these included:

  • Designing your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) workshop with Imperial College Advanced Hackspace-
    Imperial College Advanced Hackspace will be carrying out a workshop at the brand new Imperial Invention Rooms at our White City Campus, which includes a Design Studio, Electronics, Metalwork, Woodwork, BioLab, HotHouse and an Outreach Makerspace. Students will get the chance to learn about rapid prototyping and even put some of their own ideas into action using state of the art facilities.

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