MBA entrepreneurship course success

Issue date: 07 May 2014

20 MBA students recently attended the week long option on entrepreneurship. Past experience indicates that a number will go on either to successfully set up or further develop their own companies, some backed by significant amounts of external capital. The key to the success of the course is the contribution of guest speakers from the world of entrepreneurship.

Alun Rafique and Nick Drewe from Market Dojo gave a fascinating insight into the challenges of developing a business from scratch and how they overcame obstacles in the first few years of its life. They also gave a great insight into the motivation and objectives of entrepreneurs: in their case they gave up lucrative and stable careers to start out on their own. Their company provides business-to-business e-auctions.

Rick Chapman, director of the South West microlelectronics i-net organisation, also gave a very interesting account of business start- up and development in the hi-tec sector and the challenges particularly associated with app development. iNets South West microelectronics has assisted a wide range of companies.

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