Learn how to launch and manage a high potential new venture

The Entrepreneurship Summer School will help participants to fine-tune their early-stage business concepts during a hands-on boot-camp at Imperial College Business School in London. Instruction will be led by Imperial Professor of Practice David Shrier, a seasoned entrepreneur who has raised over $600 million of funding and taken a company public on the New York Stock Exchange. In this dynamic venture studio, you will learn powerful techniques to identify opportunity and scale a business. 

Your experience will include how to field-test ideas with real customers, pursue rapid prototyping (where applicable), and proven techniques to shape a compelling narrative that is appealing to customers, employees, and investors, and build a scale business. The main goal is to develop business ideas with a strong front-end. 

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Generate new ideas and apply frameworks to develop and test business ideas, understanding key principles such as design-constrained innovation; 

  • Build an early-stage business idea through research and validation; 

  • Apply knowledge of key entrepreneurship and innovation concepts to future projects, on our degree programme or within career roles; 

  • Research solutions to problems and deliver concise presentations, using established narrative techniques and models such as Campbell and Ganz; 

  • Work in a team and manage a project 

Teaching methods

Students can choose to study the course fully online or through our multi-mode delivery format.

The multi-mode delivery method enables students to learn safely via a mixture of on-campus and remote online teaching. This new way of teaching takes into account the government COVID-19 regulations around social distancing and reduced capacity in lecture theatres, and most importantly, prioritises the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

The course is delivered through a mix of lectures, classes, facilitated group discussions, and personalised mentorship from experts and entrepreneurs who know how to build scale enterprises. Students will have the opportunity to employ a novel AI-driven coaching platform that provides personalised quantitative feedback on team interactions and collaboration. 

You will 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.  Your team participation is integral to your grade, and you will be assessed both by your instructors and by your peers in your team. 

The combination of practical and academic classes enables you to rapidly develop entrepreneurship skills – the ability to recognise, pursue and exploit opportunities regardless of the resources which you currently control, and develop them in the essentially collaborative model of scalable entrepreneurship. 

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. 


Academic level: Equivalent to an undergraduate course

Suggested credit level: 3 – 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits. Your home institution will determine how much credit is awarded

For more details view our entry requirements.


  • Team business pitch and pitch deck – (25% of final mark) 

  • Team summary of business idea – (10% of final mark) 

  • Peer evaluation related to team project – (15% of final mark) 

  • Class participation – (25% of final mark) 

  • One final written examination – (25% 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.

Key information

Duration: 3 weeks

Session dates: 19 July - 6 August 2021