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These courses are open to current students of London Business School as part of certain programmes. 


Pathways to Startup Success


Pathways to Start-up Success is an intensive course that equips participants with the skills and mind-sets to successfully develop entrepreneurial ventures. We will cover tools that will aid you in navigating key entrepreneurial challenges, which I term ‘the entrepreneurial silent killers’. First, we will explore the decision to launch an entrepreneurial venture, as well as the choices associated with forming and growing the core founding team. Many start-ups fail not because they lack opportunities or market-demand, but rather due to frictions among the core team. The course will offer tangible tools and frameworks to identify and manage those challenges. Second, we will chart pathways to start-up success in the face of high levels of uncertainty and limited financial resources. The course will introduce frameworks that assist in orchestrating resources effectively. This aids in winning investors and customers as well as avoiding dilution and loses of control. Individuals who complete this course will be better equipped to recognize, and navigate, major ‘entrepreneurial silent killers’.


Robust frameworks, experienced guest speakers, and multiple opportunities for simulation and role play will form the majority of our learning experience. The insights will prove invaluable to those who wish to launch their own ventures, work along a founding team, or advise/invest in start-ups.


Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities


This course will provide you with the skills, tools and mind-sets to enable you to discover opportunities upon which entrepreneurial ventures may be built. The course culminates in the DEO Tradeshow, where you will have the opportunity to exhibit and pitch your entrepreneurial discoveries and prototypes.


Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets


This course seeks to equip students with an interest in emerging markets to deal effectively with a host of issues with which they are likely to be confronted in pursuing entrepreneurial ventures in these markets. Subjects covered include; Managing in times of rapid demographic and socio-economic change; Innovating in emerging markets; Managing in ethically corrupt environments; Dealing with multinationals; Building winning businesses in resource constrained environments; Understanding consumers in emerging markets; What to do when the family calls and asks you to come home and save the family business.


Entrepreneurship Summer School


The Entrepreneurship Summer School gives you the chance to explore a business opportunity in a practical format. You will test the feasibility of your idea through active research in your proposed markets and learn what it takes to turn your idea into a fundable business.


Financing the Entrepreneurial Business


Financing high-growth entrepreneurial businesses presents many challenges for entrepreneurs and investors alike. This programme aims to give you the practical skills needed to secure or provide investment for fast-growth businesses.


Managing the Growing Business


Managing the Growing Business is an integrative course that concentrates on the general management challenges facing founders or managers in entrepreneurial businesses. To truly understand what entrepreneurship really means, one must get as close as possible to real entrepreneurs and their businesses. Students examine many entrepreneurial businesses so that they can recognise the patterns in business models and management processes, and learn how to manage the risks and convert opportunities.


New Technology Ventures


As with New Creative Ventures, students will explore how entrepreneurs identify and analyse the feasibility of innovative technical ideas, turn them into products and services, and take these products and services to market. Where do sources of technological opportunities originate? How are innovations incubated? What do patterns of technological change suggest? Why and how does the culture of innovation matter? How to protect intellectual property? How to finance for new technology ventures? How to build capabilities? What marketing pitfalls to avoid? What partnership options to pursue? How to expand internationally? In exploring these issues, students have an opportunity to become acquainted with leading technologies from various sectors.


New Venture Development


The aim of the course is to provide an overview of the process and challenges associated with starting an entirely new business, and to equip students with the skills required to prepare a persuasive business plan, approach prospective investors, and get their business launched. Students gain a clear understanding of how to assess an entrepreneurial opportunity, the resources needed to start a new business and the costs and challenges involved. The course will also cover how to produce a sound business plan and raise venture capital and other types of finance. The course provides an ideal springboard for students wishing to give an entrepreneurial bias to their careers, and a number of graduates who have taken the New Venture Development course have gone on to set up their own business while others have pursued careers in venture capital.


Growing Social Enterprises


This course aims to provide students with the analytical frameworks and tools for creating, managing, or investing in business ventures that tackle social issues. It will establish a solid understanding of the context in which social enterprises thrive and will debate topics that are relevant to investors, entrepreneurs, and managers in this field.