Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Begin your start-up journey with an overview of entrepreneurship theory and practice. The course explores entrepreneurship as an integration of practical skills and theoretical insights.
Our summer courses are designed using a hybrid teaching model and can be taught fully in-person, fully online, or a mix of both. This flexibility means our courses will be delivered in-line with Government and University COVID-19 guidelines. Students will be informed of the intended delivery method as soon as we are able to confirm this and in advance of the course start date.
|Teaching Fellow||Dr Sukhpreet Singh|
|Credit level||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)|
|Credits||20 SCQF/10 ECTS/4 US (Read more about credit study)|
|Eligibility||1 year of undergraduate study and aged 18 or above|
|Language requirements||Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or above|
|Start date||05 July 2021|
|Application deadline||16 May 2021 (Midnight - BST)|
This course explores the link between entrepreneurial theory and practice. It offers an introduction to some of the key areas of entrepreneurship research, and illustrates these theoretical insights with cases from a wide range of industries, sectors and countries. Students will learn to reflect on the multifaceted nature of entrepreneurship and strengthen their critical thinking skills through discussion and practical exercises, including the development of a start-up business model. The combination of theory, methodology and practice will help students understand the challenges of entrepreneurship in the real world, achieving a complete view of this phenomenon and its different facets.
In the first part of the course, students will explore the foundations of entrepreneurship, including definitions of entrepreneurship, characteristics of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial networks and the context in which they operate. It will also introduce fundamental concepts, such as the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the digital ecosystem.
The second part focuses on start-up planning and will introduce methodological tools such as the Business Model Canvas. The third part will cover entrepreneurial finance, and the fourth part will provide an overview of processes occurring beyond the start-up phase, such as entrepreneurial growth, exit and entrepreneurship policy.
- 2-hour session on the first day plus 18 x 3-hour sessions
Live sessions will run from 10.00-12.00 (BST) on the first day and 10.00-13.00 (BST) on all other days; there won't be any teaching on the final Friday
- Session 1 Introduction to the course. Why entrepreneurship matters.
- Session 2 Entrepreneurship: personality trait, process or method?
- Session 3 Exploring what makes an entrepreneur
- Session 4 Emotions and entrepreneurship
- Session 5 Entrepreneurial networks
- Session 6 Entrepreneurial context and characteristics
- Session 7 Entrepreneurial ecosystems
- Session 8 Digital ecosystems
- Session 9 Planning new venture creation: from the idea to the start-up proposition
- Session 10 Start-up planning pathways
- Session 11 Start-up feasibility planning I: the Business Model Canvas
- Session 12 Start-up feasibility planning II: applications of the Business Model Canvas
- Session 13 Start-up feasibility planning III: identity, ideas, teams and competition
- Session 14 Entrepreneurial finance I
- Session 15 Entrepreneurial finance II
- Session 16 Entrepreneurial growth
- Session 17 Entrepreneurial exit
- Session 18 Entrepreneurial policy
- Session 19 Summary and conclusion
The course will be offered using a hybrid teaching model, using a combination of on-campus teaching and digital elements that allow students to take the course either based physically in Edinburgh, or remotely from home.
Through lectures and tutorials which connect theory and practice, the students will develop a holistic view of entrepreneurship. They will learn to use the Business Model Canvas as an effective methodology to build their start-up propositions. This model allows students to contextualise the start-up journey within a broader context, identifying other factors influencing the development and survival of a start-up. The tutorials will provide an opportunity for students to work in groups and learn from their peers.
- 2500-word essay (100%)
In preparation of the final essay, students will be encouraged to submit an essay plan of up to 750 words on which feedback will be provided.
On completion of this course, students will be able to:
- distinguish the different dimensions of the entrepreneurship phenomenon;
- explain basic concepts of entrepreneurship and their practical implications;
- apply the Business Canvas Model to develop a start-up proposition;
- critically evaluate the feasibility of a start-up proposition.
Applications for this course are now closed.