Nov. 3, 2019

University of Exeter’s new Centre for Entrepreneurship launched by Dragons’ Den star

Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden has launched the new Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is intended to help aspiring start-up founders and innovators and enable people to create meaningful ventures to improve society and communities.

At the launch event businesswoman Deborah Meaden spoke to students and academics about her successful career – both on the TV show and more importantly with the 19 businesses she now owns or invests in. She talked about how much she cares about the businesses’ impact on society and how this should be an essential to running any company.

She explained, “The real impact entrepreneurs can have is to care about making a difference. There is no shame in making money, provided companies do good things with it. Entrepreneurs are restless, with really good judgement and emotional intelligence. But it is important that they constantly learn from others around them and build their ability to be flexible. Entrepreneurs have a unique sense of what’s going on in the world, and how they can help to make society better.”

Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Professor Erno Tornikoski, said: “We are delighted Deborah helped us launch our centre. Our work is inspired and has its foundations in research, and we will measure success by the impact our students and staff have on the world around them.”

Head of SETsquared Exeter and the Centre for Entreprenurship’s Deputy Director, Joe Pearce, said: “At the University of Exeter we have a reputation for fostering entrepreneurial behaviour, helping students and start up founders develop the skills to come up with innovative solutions for complex problems. Our students are demonstrating to employers that they have the competencies such as resilience, commercial awareness and customer focus that are in high demand in today’s workplace. The centre will help create graduates with this kind of entrepreneurial mindset.”

The new centre offers an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management as well as postgraduate modules in new venture development and MBA modules on the entrepreneurial mindset and starting new ventures.

Find out more about postgraduate study at Exeter Business School.

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Content added on 3rd November 2019. 

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