The Value of an Enterprise Postgraduate Research Programme for creating business start-ups in the UK

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The Value of an Enterprise Postgraduate Research Programme for creating business start-ups in the UK

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Type
Published Article
Journal
6th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'20)
Publisher
Universitat Politècnica de València
Publication Date
Jun 14, 2020
Accepted Date
Jun 14, 2020
Volume
6
Pages
659–667
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4995/head20.2020.11122
Source
MyScienceWork
License
Green

Abstract

The Masters of Enterprise Programme is a postgraduate programme whereby a student attempts to start a business during the course of their studies. Established in 2001, we have analysed the success of the 59 companies created from the course and found that as expected the start-up rate is higher than the general population. We also found that ratio of male to female founders (70-30) was similar to start-ups from the general population; however, the survival rate of ventures created from the programme was significantly higher. Also, a higher rate of the businesses were employing more than just the founder, implying they are what could be considered "Entrepreneurial" businesses rather than simply someone self-employed as might be normal in some careers. Despite many overseas students completing the course, only 3 of the businesses were founded outside the UK, suggesting the UK economy is benefitting from the ventures created. We also discuss other outcomes from the course such as these entrepreneurial students are often recruited by top corporates. We further discuss what we believe are the contributing pedagogic factors to its success.

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