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TechInnovation - Entrepreneurship Development - Blended

Your Course
This Postgraduate Diploma in TechInnovation course is a one-year part-time entrepreneurship development programme that aims to fill the gap in terms of entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship skills in both small and large companies. The aim of this course is to teach people how to create a company or how to create a new business unit within an existing company, with a particular focus on innovationdriven enterprises that can scale up, including considerations around:

• Various challenges around commercialising innovations (ideas and technologies);

• Business constraints and guidelines;

• Other difficulties related to getting new products to sizeable markets ("crossing the chasm").

The course will include working through issues of market analysis, technology viability assessment, competitive positioning, team building, product lifecycle planning, marketing strategy, sales channel analysis, and with a strong emphasis on the entrepreneur/ intrapreneur as a salesperson.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a first or second class degree at undergraduate level, in any discipline, along with three years' relevant industrial experience; or an ordinary or third class honours undergraduate degree, with five years' relevant industrial experience; or a recognised professional qualification and five years of relevant industrial experience. Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be considered for entry purposes.

Duration

1 year, blended

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
This course is suitable for those who have a business idea and wish to explore the full potential through a structured approach. It will help to guide students and increase their skills, to share best practices in entrepreneurship and to accelerate innovation maturation and transfer into business. It will ideally place students to fill the entrepreneurial need in the West of Ireland. Programme participants will have the benefit of an experienced team who will help them to meet their goals in terms of entrepreneurial skills acquisition.

Further enquiries

Dr John Breslin
T: +353 91 492622
E: john.breslin@nuigalway.ie

Comment

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course
1. Flexible learning: the programme is delivered using a blended approach, a combination of distance/online learning materials with face-to-face tutorials and seminars (mornings).

2. Peer learning and professional experience led teaching. Programme director Dr John Breslin has strong connections to a variety of both small and large companies locally, as Chairman of Startup Galway, board member of WestBIC, board member of Galway City Innovation District, and creator of the Galway Tech Map/Galway Medtech Map/ Galway Startup Guide.

3. Business Plan – a key component of this programme is the preparation of the student's business plan for their chosen idea or technology, forming part of their graduating portfolio, for use in fundraising if appropriate and for future job interviews to demonstrate the entrepreneurial skills acquired.

Application date

Visit www.nuigalway.ie/adult-learning/ springboard for details

Closing Date: Expected date August 2018, please check website for further details.

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