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First steps in innovation and entrepreneurship

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About Course

This course provides you with a short introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship, clarifying some key themes and terminology and helping you to examine your own views about these important subjects.


What Will You Learn?

  • After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • examine personal pre-existing ideas and assumptions about innovation and entrepreneurship, and see how they compare to those of other people
  • identify core innovation and entrepreneurship terms and categories, apply these categorisations to practical examples and recognise where boundaries between these categories are blurred
  • recognise the main connections between innovation and entrepreneurship and start to isolate a distinctively ‘entrepreneurial’ role in the innovation process.

Course Content

Initial impressions and experiences

  • Initial impressions and experiences

My impressions of innovation and entrepreneurship

Innovation and why it matters
In this section, you will look at the concept of innovation and how it relates to discovery, invention and design, using a series of case studies.

Varieties of entrepreneurship
In this section, we examine different types of entrepreneur and entrepreneurial activity, and start to think about their economic, social and environmental impact.

Connecting innovation and entrepreneurship
In this concluding section, we look at the connections between innovation and entrepreneurship.



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