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Entrepreneurship Advancement Programme

Supporting Startups

Entrepreneur Training

Develop skills and begin your entrepreneurial journey with our range of training programmed aimed at helping aspiring innovators develop and implement their business ideas.

Our ambition is to support as many aspiring entrepreneurs as possible whether they want to be freelancers, small businesses or startups. Our economy is driven by small to medium sized enterprises, so we want to provide the support needed to develop and grow a venture. We have several training programmes and opportunities that you can take part in.

Entrepreneurship Summer School

Are you graduating in summer 2021 or recently graduated and looking for your next steps? Have you ever considered being an entrepreneur or freelancer? The Entrepreneurship Summer School returns in August 2021 giving you the chance to take part in a two week bootcamp of entrepreneurial skills by undertaking eight online topics and participating in interactive virtual workshops.

The programme will go step-by-step through the process of defining your mission and values, understanding the customer problem, developing ideas and innovations, as well as practical skills for running a venture such as marketing, budgeting, operations, registering a business and more. Whether you have an idea or not, the programme will include engaging activities and simulations to give you the skills you need to be entrepreneurial.

The key workshop dates are:

  • Topic 1: Setting your business ambitions - Monday 16 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 2: Defining the customer problem - Tuesday 17 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 3: Developing your business idea - Wednesday 18 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 4: Testing your business - Thursday 19 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 5: Researching your market- Monday 23 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 6: Marketing your business - Tuesday 24 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 7: Understanding business finances and operations - Wednesday 25 August, 13:00 - 15:00
  • Topic 8: Setting up your business - Thursday 26 August, 13:00 - 15:00 

The programme is open to graduates from RGU from anywhere in the world. Furthermore, participants who submit evidence of their learning at the end and show sustained engagement will be eligible for a RGU Enterprise Award.

Feedback from previous participants has included:

“I was hugely impressed with every single aspect of the course, from the online topics prior to the sessions, the energy and enthusiasm from the presenters and the follow up support.” “It forced me to take a more focused approach and gave me ideas to pursue.”

If you want to join this year’s programme, register before Sunday 8 August 2021:

Enterprise Enhancement Award

Are you at the early stages of developing an idea, or interested in being your own boss as a freelancer or small business owner? This free, self-paced, certificated award programme will take you step-by-step through coming up with and implementing your idea.

Through the programme you will have access too:

  • Online, self-paced topics on key steps of setting up a business
  • Access to downloadable resources and materials
  • Shared virtual spaces to interact with other entrepreneurs

For those who complete the award, you may be offered additional support such as:

  • Scheduled interactive workshops with other entrepreneurs
  • Sessions with a business mentor in a set number of one-to-one meetings
  • Use of co-working spaces in the City Centre and Garthdee
  • Certificate of Achievement from the programme

Students and staff will be able to access and work through online topics at any time but there will be two deadlines to submit for the award each year. The award is offered to current students in on-campus programmes through online self-paced topics and to graduates as our Entrepreneurship Summer School.

Entrepreneurship Toolkit

For those interested in exploring entrepreneurial skills or want access to materials and resources to support them to develop a business – visit the RGU Entrepreneurship Toolkit. This online space includes:

  • Recorded Innovation Masterclasses from innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Short microlearning topics introducing key innovation topics and can be completed in less than ten minutes
  • Forums and collaboration spaces with other entrepreneurs
  • Downloadable resources and materials
  • Access to our Enterprise Enhancement Award and events programmes.

Take the first step on your business journey with the toolkit:

Creative Entrepreneurship Short Course

Are you a creative looking to set up a business or develop your practice? Whether that is fashion or photography to crafts or gaming, we believe that creative businesses are a vital part of developing our economy.

Through a series of workshops, online resources, and guest speakers, participants will create a portfolio of evidence of their developing business over eight weeks and earn a fifteen-credit postgraduate qualification.

The course is run in partnership with Look Again and is run multiple times a year.

Innovation Skills

Do you want to develop your professional skills either to start a business or work in a job? Our Innovation Skills workshops are designed to broaden the mind of our communities and provide practical training on tools and approaches to new innovative thinking.

A selection of these free workshops shall be focused around practical entrepreneurial skills such as social media marketing, legal structures, intellectual property, business finances and more. If you don’t have a business idea yet and want to learn or be inspired, these sessions are a starting point on your entrepreneurial journey. Find out what events are coming up:

RGU Innovation Award

As part of your course, you may already be gaining innovation and entrepreneurship training if one of your modules is accredited with a RGU Innovation Award. This cross university certificate recognises student skills in creativity, problem solving and innovative thinking which are critical skills for the future.

The award has three levels which should be completed in order. Level 1 can be obtained through completing an accredited module, attending an open workshop or undertaking an online training course. Level 2 will invite participants from various courses across the university to a practical challenge and Level 3 will involve working through a series of online materials to develop innovation leadership skills.  

Find our more about the awards and submit an application:

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Other Resources

If you are looking for more support, then you can get in touch with our team by emailing and speaking to us, otherwise, these are some additional useful resources you can use for free.

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