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Innovation Entrepreneurship & Enterprise

GradCert Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

Through the creation of a vibrant multidisciplinary environment the Academy seeks to transform some of the brightest scholars into energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial thinkers.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise is awarded by University College Dublin and will enable you to explore and develop your career in new directions, potentially as an entrepreneur at the head of a new venture, or someone who is self-employed, or perhaps you simply want to develop the creative and entrepreneurial mindset that is increasingly sought by today’s employers.

The unique design of our course combines creativity and design-based problem solving, participation in real-life team-based project challenges with industry partners and learn by doing from our highly experienced team and industry guest speakers.

For more information, please visit www.innovators.ie/springboard-adult-learning/

This course builds on international best practice and combines it with real-world insights from a highly experienced team of practitioner educators. It is designed to equip participants with the opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing skills that are in high demand by employers across all industries and sectors. These skills include creativity, teamwork, presentation skills, communication skills, Design Thinking, business model development and custmer journey mapping.

Vision and Values Statement

To equip participants with the skills to identify ideas of value and develop and launch new business or social ventures. To offer an alternative learning experience so that the individual and the communities in which they live, are improved.To enlighten and excavate skill, innovation and creativity within the individual through a hands-on educational experience.To produce graduates with the skills, mindset and latitude to: approach challenges and opportunities with creativity; to be able to test, develop and communicate ideas; and to harness the strength of the individual, the group and the network whether in a new business venture, social enterprise or organisational setting.

In this programme we value;
- Appreciation and respect for diversity of thought
- Adopting and modelling a growth mindset
- Curiosity about people and problems
- Willingness to experiment
- Bias towards action

Programme Outcomes

Explore and examine the role divergent thinking plays in problem solving and solution ideation.

Evaluate the powerful role of empathy in design, problem solving, customer discovery, value proposition and business creation.

Reflect on team formation, roles, dynamics and conflicts as well as personal and team strengths

Analyse and experiment with the Design Thinking process through hands-on experience in both simulated environments and real-life problems for an external host organisation.

Apply and assess the Business Model Canvas for creating a new venture or reviewing the business model of an existing business in order to find areas for innovation.

Adapt the Business Model Canvas to best suit personal and professional goals

Understand and interpret the value proposition concept by applying customer discovery and validation techniques, customer journey mapping, prototyping and pitching.

Develop a more entrepreneurial approach to life and career by developing a curiosity about the world around us, seeking out opportunity and by taking action to test out ideas, prototypes and concepts that can create positive change for themselves and others.

Entry requirements

A minium of an honours degress (NFQ Level 8) in any discipline

Or

5+ year relevant employment history, in the absence of a degree and subject to UCDs Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

Duration

7 Weeks / 18 Weeks

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

72% of graduates are in employment or creating employment through starting their own business 6months after graduating.

This programme offers an intense learning experience that prepares adult students for their next major career leap.

You will join a class of 30 or so students of all ages and backgrounds in a cross-disciplinary, multi-national and vibrant community. Teaching staff at the Academy, are practitioners and thinkers, including leading entrepreneurs from business and social sectors as well as academics. Read about our team.

Over 18 weeks you will work on a series of challenges and projects – large and small, addressing real-world problems and opportunities, while learning to apply creative and entrepreneurial tools including Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery. You will design and test new ideas and meet experienced entrepreneurs and leaders from all sectors to hear their advice and insights.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Orlaith McGourty
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 2046

Subjects taught

Creative Thinking IA40110
Entrepreneurial Career Plan IA40200
Entrepreneurial Thinking IA40260

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This course runs part-time - three mornings per week - 9.30am to 1.30pm - for 15 weeks.

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Grad Cert Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise (Jan) PT (F055)
Duration 18 Weeks
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Cert Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise FT (F027)
Duration 7 Weeks
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

Grad Cert Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise PT (F028)
Duration 18 Weeks
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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