The Entrepreneurship Project

The Entrepreneurship Centre supports an integral part of the MBA and EMBA programmes, the Entrepreneurship Project. The project introduces critical skills of entrepreneurship and cultivates a broad perspective on creating a new venture. Business ideas can come either from the students themselves or from collaborators.

Collaborators are start-ups, scale-ups or SMEs willing to team up with MBAs to work on their business plan or on the launch of a new product/service.

As part of this learning module, students work together in small groups on either new products or new business models in a safe environment. They receive mentoring support throughout the project and feedback from senior business professionals, entrepreneurs, experts or investors who are panellists at their pitch presentations. The project challenges participants to develop a full business plan and present it to a panel of invited investors and entrepreneurs. For students already running a business, this is a great chance to develop new products or business models and have them rigorously evaluated.

During Hilary and Trinity Term, the Entrepreneurship Centre works with key faculty by offering a pitch event with potential collaborators, an exciting kick-off week with keynote speakers and relevant workshops, 1-2-1 sessions with industry experts, team formation support, panellists for launch and final presentations as well as presentation and finance clinics.

We encourage our students to be entrepreneurial in outlook by drawing on the best, brightest and most current entrepreneurial business thinking from Oxford and beyond.

Dr Thomas Hellmann

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Saïd Business School