Learn what it means to be an enterprising researcher and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to academic research by attending these webinars.

The courses have been designed to address the following questions:

  • Why is an enterprising mindset 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 grant funders/investors? 
  • How can I best interact with industry in order to persuade them to persuade them of my ideas?

We encourage you to follow the learning pathway in the order in which the courses are displayed below to help you get the most out of the suite. 


Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.

Industry & Enterprise Professional Development Courses

1. Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset (Webinar)

Tutor: Jane-Lisa Coughlan
Credits:
 Part 1: 1 credit | Part 2: 1 credit

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; participants will be aided in this process with reference to the EntreComp framework and how the various entrepreneurial competencies might apply to their own development and 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

The course is organised into two separate parts. Students are free to attend Part 1 only and can only attend Part 2 if they have attended Part 1.

Part 1: Teaching session on how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset
Part 2: Practice (Surgery) session where students present their ideas for advice and feedback

Dates

Part 1

  • Monday 26 April 2021, 11:00 - 12:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Monday 10 May 2021, 11:00 - 12:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Monday 24 May 2021, 11:00 - 12:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Monday 7 June 2021, 11:00 - 12:15, Microsoft Teams

Book here.

Part 2

Information on dates and how to book will be given at the end of Part 1.

2. Generating Creative Ideas (Webinar)

Tutor: Jane-Lisa Coughlan
Credits:
Part 1: 1 credit | Part 2: 1 credit

This webinar is suited to students who have already attended the ‘Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset’ webinar and would like to move into the next stage and learn about idea generation.

Coming up with and testing new ideas are at the heart of research. Generating and evaluating novel ideas or ways of doing things is a driver for innovation and entrepreneurship. In this webinar, you will be introduced to idea generation and creativity techniques to help you create, develop, evaluate and communicate Ideas.

After completing this workshop, you will be better able to:

  • Recognise the value of having a structured approach to help you think more creatively
  • Understand how to use ideation methods to innovate your research or business ideas
  • Generate original and relevant ideas to problem-solve the latest challenges
  • Apply ideation techniques to capture, implement and evaluate your ideas

The course is organised into two separate parts and webinars. Students are free to attend Part 1 only and can only attend Part 2 if they have attended Part 1.

Part 1: Teaching session on how to use idea generation techniques to create and test your ideas
Part 2: Practice (Surgery) session where students present their ideas for advice and feedback

Dates


Part 1

  • Monday 26 April 2021, 15:00 - 16:30, Microsoft Teams (Guest Speaker Session, further information below)*
  • Monday 10 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:30, Microsoft Teams (Guest Speaker Session, further information below)*
  • Monday 24 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:30, Microsoft Teams (Guest Speaker Session, further information below)*
  • Monday 7 June 2021, 15:00 - 16:30, Microsoft Teams (Guest Speaker Session, further information below)*

*In this Generating Creative Ideas session we are delighted to announce the session will be co-delivered by Salwa F Darraj. Salwa, an Imperial Alumni (MSc Economics and Strategy for Business 2014), is a Senior Consultant at EY and Champion of the Women’s Network. Salwa is also a member of the Imperial College Business School’s Alumni Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization. She is a Fellow at the UK Chartered Management Institute. Additionally, she is a published writer, a student mentor, and a startups mentor. Darraj is also an entrepreneur and an independent investor. 

For any of these sessions, book here


Part 2

Information on dates and how to book will be given at the end of Part 1.

3. Designing Business Models (Webinar)

Tutor: External
Credits: Part 1: 1 credit | Part 2: 1 credit

This webinar is suited to students who have attended the ‘Generating Creative Ideas’ webinar or have an idea that they have thought about developing into a business.

In order to go from an idea into a business, you need to understand how you can develop a framework for unlocking long-term value for your organisation while delivering value to customers and capturing value back, through monetisation strategies. A company's business model is an important representation of how a company does business. It is a conceptual structure that supports the viability of a business venture and explains how it operates, makes money, and intends to achieve its goals. Understanding this powerful concept can help you identify ways of creating and improving value propositions be it research-based or start-up.

As part of this webinar you should bring a potential business or research idea with you. During this workshop you will explore the value chain in your idea and then design a business model canvas, a tool for describing, analysing, and designing business models.

After completing this workshop, you will be better able to:

  • Recognise why business models are important for identifying the value from your research or venture
  • Understand how the Business Model Canvas would be useful to apply to your own research or business ideas
  • Identify ways of creating and improving value propositions
  • Communicate your business model story and the value created to key stakeholders

The course is organised into two separate parts and webinars. Students are free to attend Part 1 only but can only attend Part 2 if they have attended Part 1.

Part 1: Teaching session on how to design a business model and build a business model canvas
Part 2: Practice (Surgery) session where students present their business model canvas/ideas for advice and feedback

Dates 

Part 1

  • Tuesday 27 April 2021, 10:00 - 11:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 11 May 2021, 10:00 - 11:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10:00 - 11:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 8 June 2021, 10:00 - 11:15, Microsoft Teams

Book here.

Part 2

Information on how to book for Part 2 will be given at the end of Part 1. 

4. Pitching to Industry (Webinar)

Tutor: External
Credits: Part 1: credit | Part 2: 1 credit

This webinar is suited to students who want to be able to communicate their research or a business idea effectively to an audience or for those that have attended the ‘Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset’, ‘Generating Creative Ideas’ and ‘Designing Business Models’ courses.

These webinars are delivered by an expert in pitching and communication and provides participants with training on how to pitch your research confidently and communicate effectively to industrial audiences and key stakeholders.  They offer 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.

After completing this workshop, you will be better 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

The Pitching to Industry course is organised into two seperate parts and webinars. Students are free to attend Part 1 only, and can only attend Part 2 if they have attended Part 1 and they must have a Powerpoint to present for advice and feedback.

Part 1: Teaching session on how to pitch and build your presentation deck
Part 2: Practice session where students present for advice and feedback

Dates


Part 1

  • Tuesday 27 April 2021, 15:00 - 16:15, Microsoft Teams (Guest Speaker Session, further information below)*
  • Tuesday 11 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 25 May 2021, 15:00 - 16:15, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 8 June 2021, 15:00 - 16:15, Microsoft Teams

*In this Pitching to Industry session we are delighted to announce the session will be co-delivered by Salwa F Darraj. Salwa, an Imperial Alumni (MSc Economics and Strategy for Business 2014), is a Senior Consultant at EY and Champion of the Women’s Network. Salwa is also a member of the Imperial College Business School’s Alumni Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut (AUB), and the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization. She is a Fellow at the UK Chartered Management Institute. Additionally, she is a published writer, a student mentor, and a startups mentor. Darraj is also an entrepreneur and an independent investor. 

Book here.

Part 2

Information on how to book for Part 2 will be given at the end of Part 1.