Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation Programme

Gain essential skills to launch your venture


  • 6 weeks

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Online


  • £1,995

About the programme

Explore the mindset and motivations that contribute to entrepreneurial success.

From identifying market opportunities, to developing a business model, to learning how to launch and pitch your venture, the Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation Programme is designed to help you nurture the practical skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur in any business context.

Whether you’ve yet to identify a business opportunity, or are seeking to refine an existing idea, you'll explore the challenges and considerations faced during the venture creation process, and, in turn, understand how to share your entrepreneurial vision with external stakeholders.

Delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand, you will be part of a community learning together through a dedicated Online Campus.

An introduction to the programme

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  • Guidance throughout the entrepreneurship journey, from idea to pitch
  • Essential skills for identifying venture creation opportunities, analysing customer needs, and developing a business model
  • A pitch deck for your venture, and the confidence to present your business idea to potential partners or investors
  • Guidance from leading industry experts and Oxford Saïd faculty
  • Membership of the official Oxford Saïd elumni community
  • Access to the official Oxford Executive Education Elumni group on LinkedIn

Programme outline

Orientation Module

Welcome to your online campus.

Applications to join the programme will be accepted until the end of the orientation module.

Module 1

Identifying business opportunities

Module 2

Understanding your entrepreneurial talents

Module 3

Analysing customers and markets

Module 4

Crafting a business model

Module 5

Launching a venture

Module 6

Pitching a venture

Meet the faculty

The programme is led by Professor Thomas Hellmann, and is guided by prominent industry thought-leaders who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge of the venture and business model creation process with you.


Industry expert contributors

The thinking behind the programme

This programme is derived from the world-leading research and ongoing emerging initiatives of the Entrepreneurship Centre based at Oxford Saïd. It sits within a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at the business school and wider university, and is showcased by the annual Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

By combining the fertile environment of Oxford with the extensive array of guest contributors taken from industries across the globe, this programme immerses participants in a truly unique learning experience.

You'll gain access to a fundamental entrepreneurship framework, and utilise the Gallup Builder Profile 10 as part of your self-assessment, which will guide your development, alongside cutting-edge research and insights from faculty and experts.


Continuing your development

Man and woman in business meeting

Explore the venture financing process in this complementary programme.

Led by Professor Thomas Hellmann, the Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Finance Programme offers a comprehensive understanding of how new ventures are financed from an entrepreneur and investor perspective, and the types of investments available. 

This is an invaluable opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skill set, both on its own or alongside the Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation Programme. 

The CPD Certification Service

This programme is certified by The CPD Certification Service. It may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

Options for organisations

If you are looking to integrate Oxford online programmes with your organisation’s learning and development strategy, we have tailored solutions to help deliver an innovative learning experience across teams.