At a time of global disruption, rapid technological change, economic uncertainty and environmental challenges, the role of work based learning in the form of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Warwick has been clearly identified as a key concern to cultivate graduates that are enterprising, capable, and positive contributors to society.
In this context, the Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme is an initiative created at the University of Warwick by experienced business practitioners. The programme aims to encourage student enterprise by promoting valuable entrepreneurial skills and channeling creative endeavour in the development of innovative products and services. It is free and open to all students within the university and designed to flexibly fit in with other student commitments.
Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme in brief
The programme provides students with the opportunity to connect with Innovation Fellows at Warwick as well as promote access to entrepreneurial networks. Furthermore, an opportunity is available for students to apply for entrepreneurial funding on completion of the course. The main topics covered in the Entrepreneurial Programme include:
Self – understanding oneself. Strength, skills, culture and value
Team – Working in collaboration, building a team and a network.
Ideas – How are ideas generated and developed.
Audience – Understanding the market place, how organizations operate.
Execution – Prototyping, pitching, resourcing, project management, pivoting ideas.
Being an Entrepreneur – Skills set needed for starts ups, legal and finance, profile and brand.
What’s next – access to entrepreneurial networks and support while on the course.
The benefits of the programme for students include participating in or leading the development of an enterprising idea – from conception to delivery; building a portfolio of transferable skills and participating in a tailored programme of personal development; developing commercial awareness and connecting with external partners; and experiencing being part of a team that will harness and celebrate the skills and talents of its members, together with the support of the Warwick Enterprise Partnership.
Warwick Entreprise Partnership
The Warwick Enterprise Partnership is supported by the University of Warwick Senior Executive team and draws together many different parts of the university that deliver elements of enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation to students including Warwick Ventures, Student Careers and Skills, Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group. The challenge identified by the Warwick Partners is to engage all students with this rewarding culture, enhancing both their future employability and their personal development. With respect to the Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme it also serves to further encourage the development of a professional network of Entrepreneurs.