Entrepreneurial and innovation skills and mindset are a requisite for any businesses to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. Whether you want to start your own enterprise, enter the family business, or drive change within a large organisation, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation BSc will develop essential skills and give you tools you need to spark, build and manage.
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation BSc equips you with a robust understanding and experience of entrepreneurship and innovation. The programme is unique in that you will create, run, and grow a real-life enterprise as part of group in your second year. You will gain hands-on, practice-based experience of multiple aspects of an enterprise early in your degree course as your business grows.
Through a series of specialist modules, you will develop essential entrepreneurial and innovation skills, including: analysing data to make decisions in complex and unpredictable contexts, evaluating and realising business opportunities, creating innovative solutions, manoeuvring resources and overcoming barriers. You will also gain sought-after transferable skills, such as: resilience, collaboration, self-management and reflection, critical and strategic thinking, building and maintaining relationship, and leadership. By learning through doing, you’ll hone these skills and thrive on solving social and economic problems.
Along the way, there are lots of resources available to help you to get the most out of your degree:
- One-to-one mentoring scheme: in your second year, we connect your business with industrial entrepreneurs, who will advise and share the insider’s best practices which you may not get from textbooks. There is also customised one-to-one individual career mentoring service in your final year
- Pitch event: you will present your business in your second year to real investors to receive feedback and investment; in a Dragon's Den style.
- We arrange public liability insurance to cover your enterprise’ sales to the public, in your second year, and give you the option of an HSBC business account
- Access to the Brunel Entrepreneur Hub, which offers expert advice and funding on student start-ups
- Through the Co-Innovate programme, you can opt to collaborate with an SME and help them solve a real business problem as part of your final year project
- We make sure that you have access to a variety of activities and events taking advantage of London’s vibrant entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; including: attending London trade fairs to sell your products in a real-life market and challenging your self-starter mentality by competing for the Mayor's Entrepreneur award.
You have the option to take a work placement between your second and third year in established organisations or focus on developing your start-up business. Previous placement employers have included: Adidas, Microsoft, British Airways, PwC and Nissan. Find out more on our work placement year page.