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Are you an early-stage entrepreneur with ambitions of scaling your own startup? Spotted the opportunity of a lifetime and want to see how viable it really is? London Business School could help make your plans a reality, with a range of opportunities available to our masters students that cater specifically to established and aspiring entrepreneurs – throughout your time at LBS and beyond.
Best MBA Programs For Entrepreneurship in 2023
London has long since established itself as Europe’s startup capital, with some of the world’s most innovative and ambitious companies choosing to establish headquarters here. London’s access to funding and investment, world-class talent pools and its position at the nexus of European, Asian and US time zones are just some of the benefits attracting founders to the city.
Startup ecosystem valuation
(H2 2020-2022) vs $34.6bn global average
VC funding raised
by London tech firms in 2022
joined London’s ranks in 2021
Be exposed to new perspectives and global connections. Our Global Experiences take you out of your comfort zone to examine different business approaches and cultures in international settings. Led by expert faculty, each Global Experience follows an academic theme, including several focussed on topics related to entrepreneurship, with recent destinations including Austin, Tel Aviv & Ramallah, Sao Paolo and San Francisco.
You will spend an intensive, immersive week, gaining an in-depth view of a country’s business culture via company visits, expert panels, workshops and guest speakers. You’ll interact meaningfully with major corporations, micro-entrepreneurs, faculty, alumni and others in the LBS global community. Debate the drivers of innovation, examine the implications of ecosystem growth or help a start-up tackle a pressing business issue.
Learn how to innovate and finance a new business venture at the Entrepreneurship Summer School (ESS) – and whether a career as an entrepreneur is right for you. Gain a robust methodology for assessing and shaping your venture, as well as spending time discussing your idea with your peers, investors and experienced entrepreneurs. Through ESS you also work with an experienced mentor to think through your business idea and overcome stumbling blocks as you find out what it takes to turn your idea into a viable business.
The Entrepreneurship Lab (TEL) is designed to help early-stage technology ventures to grow. It equips them with unmatched access to decision-makers in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK and beyond. Founders also have the opportunity to raise capital. Teams of students from London Business School are selected to work closely with TEL founders throughout the programme to discover and deliver on key strategic insights – be that business development, go-to-market, or fundraising. Students are also welcome to apply to TEL with their own early-stage start-ups.
The LBS Incubator helps promising entrepreneurs launch their business venture, enabling successful applicants to cultivate their ideas and capitalise on their market potential with LBS’s specialised support services for early stage enterprises. Open to recent alumni on a competitive basis, founders benefit from an impressive package of funding and support including: free office space, support from a number of professional service firms as well as mentoring and advice from supporters. To date, the Incubator has helped support 130 companies, who have collectively raised over £130 million, while creating more than 700 jobs to-date. First-year Executive MBA students can also submit an application to the EMBA Business Growth Programme. Through this programme, successful applicants gain access to some of the core resources and benefits offered by the Incubator Programme.
Electives are a key part of the learning experience across all of our Masters programmes. They allow you to tailor your learning across subject areas such as Economics, Management Science and Operations, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour and Strategy and Entrepreneurship. We have an extensive elective offering and recent courses on offer have included:
Discover more about the Strategy and Entrepreneurship subject area.
There are over 80+ clubs to be found at LBS, and between them over 1000+ events and initiatives are hosted annually, including professional conferences, career fairs, hackathons, treks and more. Aside from contributing to the thriving school community, our clubs offer students an opportunity to connect with others with similar interests and cement your network outside your immediate cohort.
Throughout the year, the Entrepreneurship Club brings entrepreneurial thought leaders on to campus to speak to students, and delivers skill-building workshops to develop the community's technical toolkit. Through HackLBS and the Launchpad Programme, the club also provides students with a platform to launch their own entrepreneurial ventures. HackLBS is London Business School's annual hackathon that brings together the top business minds, technology talent, and design gurus for three days of product design madness. Launchpad is a two month immersive program that brings together members of the London entrepreneurial community to transform ideas into minimum viable products through a series of workshops and coaching sessions.
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