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

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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 selfemployed 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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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-667
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’)
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020