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The Entrepreneur Experience

Gain the entrepreneurial skills, tools and knowledge to launch
your innovative start-up business.

The Entrepreneur Experience

Gain the entrepreneurial skills, tools and knowledge to launch
your innovative start-up business.

Duration

8 Weeks

Commitment

5-6 hours per week

Price

£800

Study Mode

Instructor Led, Online

Certificate of Achievement

Earn a Certificate of Completion from IOEE, The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs

Next Start Date

24th April 2023

Finish Date

16th June 2023

Enrol By

17th April 2023

Book a Place

Places are limited, book early to reserve your place.

Programme Overview

The Entrepreneur Experience programme is a hands-on practical course where over 8 weeks we’ll equip you with all the tools, skills and knowledge needed to become a successful entrepreneur. We’ll cover all aspects of starting a new business, from initial idea validation to creating your business plan through to finding advisors, creating your pitch and exploring financing options.

You’ll learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and industry sector specialists how to build and launch your business idea using proven methods. Our programme is cohort based, enabling you to learn actively in real time through our highly engaging workshops and at the same time benefit from community led collaboration.

Our unique programme also offers the option of a 4-week virtual internship with a successful UK SME giving you the opportunity to apply your acquired knowledge and skills in a real-world environment.

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Who’s it for

If you’re an ambitious university student or recent graduate wanting to learn more about entrepreneurship, an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea or an entrepreneur with an early-stage business looking to improve your or your team members existing business knowledge and skills then this programme is for you.

The programme is designed to fit around university studies or a full time job. Because the course is delivered online, you can join one of our 3 cohorts a year from anywhere in the world.

For international students and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to set up an innovative business in the UK, iUK Academy can help introduce you to endorsing bodies for a UK Start-up or Innovator visa.

What you’ll learn

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the opportunity for your business idea and determine the ideal business model required to bring the idea to market
  • Identify your ideal target audience and develop a top-level marketing and communications strategy to launch your product or service
  • Evaluate and put together your early stage management team and grow your network
  • Gain a solid understanding of financial management for your business
  • Understand the legal and tax requirement frameworks for setting up a business in the UK
  • Understand the different ways to raise finance for your venture and how to negotiate with investors
  • Master the techniques of creating a successful pitch and secure investment
  • The opportunity to apply your learning to real world situations through virtual work experience at an SME
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Programme Content

  • Meet the lead instructors of the programme and other cohort members.
  • Learn how to navigate the online tools and platform and access course resources.
  • Complete the Basadur profile, a unique tool that looks at how you approach problem solving and innovation.

Learn how to evaluate your business idea and bring it to market.

  • Develop a high-level strategy for your business and the ideal business model
  • Beat the competitors who are playing in your chosen space
  • Identify your value proposition and the activities required to deliver it
  • Use a business canvas to innovate and pivot your business model

Developing a top-level marketing strategy is critical to success.

Learn how to:

  • Understand your user’s needs, experiences, behaviours and goals.
  • Create reliable and realistic representations of your key audience segments.
  • Plan the optimum messaging and channels to deliver those messages.
  • Nurture the customer experience by mapping across different channels.

In this modules we focus on:

  • How your own personal growth will act as an accelerant or a drag on the growth of the business
  • The truth about start up journey and the underestimated cause of high failure rate
  • Knowing yourself – why it’s so important for your and your company’s success
  • Answering the million or billion dollar question – can you predict entrepreneurial success? And if you can, how likely are you to succeed?

Running a successful business depends more on who you have. In this module we’ll look at:

  • The importance of people and teams at start up stage and beyond
  • Whether to go solo or find a co-founder
  • The three core co-founder team dilemmas:
  1. Relationships – whom to attract and how to work with each other
  2. Roles – the roles people should play
  3. Rewards – how to split rewards
  • The three core hiring dilemmas:
  1. Relationships – whom to hire
  2. Roles – what positions to create, when and what types of people to hire into them
  3. Rewards – compensation to attract and retain hires

The UK encompasses a highly regulated environment and there are key issues you should be aware of. With respect to living and setting up a business in the United Kingdom, we’ll cover:

  • Personal tax and related areas
  • Business affairs, including setting-up a limited company in the UK, compliance requirements and the details on various business taxes
  • Effective financial management of a company and business, including financial statements, business plans, budgeting & forecasting and related matters

Learn the roles and responsibilities of business owners when starting a new firm, what regulatory standards they must meet, and other legal issues:

  • Company formation, including types of business,registration and issuing shares
  • Directors’ and shareholders’ roles and responsibilities
  • Company Management
  • Key Agreements
  • Protecting IP
  • Regulatory & Compliance

Learn the different ways to raise finance for your venture, when to do this, what documentation is required and how to ensure you are well prepared to negotiate effectively with a potential investor

  • The different types of investment
  • Traditional sources of financing
  • Alternative sources of financing: overdrafts and loans, angels, business grants etc.
  • Investor terminology and key documents: due diligence, terms sheets etc.
  • Finance rounds: seed, growth, A-E, preparing for exit

Learn the different ways to raise finance for your venture, when to do this, what documentation is required and how to ensure you are well prepared to negotiate effectively with a potential investor

  • The different types of investment
  • Traditional sources of financing
  • Alternative sources of financing: overdrafts and loans, angels, business grants etc.
  • Investor terminology and key documents: due diligence, terms sheets etc.
  • Finance rounds: seed, growth, A-E, preparing for exit

Our Experts

expert one

Mark Farrer-Brown

Founder, Fit to Lead

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Jonathan Bannister

Founder, Make Happy

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expert three

Asif Khan

Lawyer, LawBite

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Maria Fandrakis

Partner, Evelyn Partners

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By taking part in the Entrepreneur Experience you’ll benefit from a wide range of teaching formats and immersive experiences.

  • Core Modules: 8 weekly live interactive half day workshops taught by entrepreneurs and industry experts
  • Advanced Modules: deep dive sessions on a range of topics including IP, Culture and Purpose, Digital Marketing and Workplace Skills.
  • Extensive resources to compliment live teaching workshops through our online learning platform
  • Group Mentoring and Peer Support: become part of a dynamic and diverse community of entrepreneurs
  • Founders Talks: insights from successful UK founders as they share their entrepreneurial experiences
  • Work Experience: apply your knowledge and skills in a 4-week virtual internship in a sector of your choice. Gain insight into how the UK organisations operate, work in multiple roles, learn new skills and gain exposure to all parts of the company.
  • IOEE Certificate of Completion: upon successful completion of the programme, receive an IOEE accredited Certificate of Completion
  • This programme is also certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional body of learning
  • Preparation for Start-up or Innovator visa endorsement: for international participants, receive introductions to leading endorsing bodies for your Start-up or Innovator visa endorsement and begin your journey to UK residency