Get a BA in Enterprise Development

Theo Paphitis

Would–be entrepreneurs can learn the skills they need to set up and run a business, following the launch of the UK’s first degree course in entrepreneurship.

Theo Paphitis

Students that take the three–year BA (Hons) in Enterprise Development, launched by Huddersfield University, will research, launch and run a business — learning key skills, such as business finance and market research as they go.

The first year on the course will be spent identifying and screening business ideas to find an opportunity worth pursuing. The second year will focus on developing the idea and starting the business, and the third year on running the firm.

The course has been endorsed by retail millionaire, and panellist in BBC television series Dragons’ Den, Theo Paphitis, who has agreed to mentor students who take the course.

“The course is unique — what I really like is the combination of the practical and academic,” said Paphitis. “This is a great opportunity for people who want to be entrepreneurial and do a degree that actually relates to what they do.”

Starting in September 2009, the course will initially take 15 students. John Ramsdin, spokesman for Huddersfield University said.

“Students will get a qualification at the end of three years, but the course is more about learning the ins and outs of business,”

“We’ll be looking for people with the commitment and the will to succeed,” he added. “Students won’t need to have a business already up and running when they start the course but I imagine that a few of them will.”

The course has been created by Huddersfield University’s professor of entrepreneurship, John Thompson.

“We need to re–invent the way in which we start businesses because the current thinking just isn’t working — witness the number of small businesses which fail in their first five years of trading,”

“We need to build businesses to succeed and this is what this new and imaginative course is designed to accomplish,” he added.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills’ (DIUS) minister for higher education, Bill Rammell, said:

“We very much welcome this initiative. A key objective of the Government’s High Level Skills Strategy is to develop a more innovative workforce. As part of that, DIUS is working closely with the Department for Business to support the commitment in its Enterprise Strategy to establish University Enterprise Networks which will produce more entrepreneurial graduates.”

For more information about the Enterprise Development degree, contact Huddersfield University Business School on 01484 472206

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