Opportunity for Doctoral Students and ECRs: Free workshops in entrepreneurial skill development

Applications are now open for for the SPERO programme where doctoral students and ECR’s can learn the fundamentals of how to establish an impactful startup, social enterprise, consultancy, or an enterprising project within a bigger organisation (academia or industry).

The programme will better equip doctoral students and ECR’s to:

  • take calculated risks to impact and add value to society
  • use knowledge, time and money effectively to reach goals
  • create innovative solutions to grow a project from idea to fruition
  • learn from experiences and reflect on failures to drive growth
  • communicate vision to a wide range of audiences

Benefit your current research and future career with the SPERO programme

This free training programme helps doctoral students and ECR’s to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and mindset. SPERO can help prepare doctoral students and ECR’s for a career in academia, consultancy, working for a large organisation or running their own enterprise. The programme is comprised of three main elements:

  • SPERO Explore: Two-hour introductory workshops to help you discover entrepreneurial skills you didn’t know you had, learn how to market these skills and think entrepreneurially about your career. 1 Doctoral Skills Point. Taking place:
  • SPERO Learn: Three-and-a-half-day workshops where you’ll learn how to establish an impactful startup or social enterprise, or an enterprising project within a bigger organisation (academia or industry). Following the programme, you will gain access to fortnightly one-to-one advice sessions with SPERO tutors to support the development of your idea, as well as access to The Freelancer Club Academy Licence which provides a comprehensive range of freelancer support services equivalent to a value of £300. 7 Doctoral Skills Points. Taking place:
  • SPERO Build: Ten-week programme comprising of a series of workshops, one-to-one guidance and a pitching competition to help you to turn your entrepreneurial idea into a viable business or social enterprise. Commencing in term 3, complete the expression of interest form to get notified when applications are open.

For further information about the SPERO programme and alternative dates, please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/enterprise/SPERO

Researchers make great entrepreneurs due to their inherent curiosity and propensity to find innovative solutions to real world problems and in the last 4 years over 1300 doctoral students have participated in the programme.

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