Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise [March 2018]

University College Dublin (CK03)
Key Programme Details
Award

Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Mixed

Mode

Part-Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

Innovation Academy

Skills Area

Business and Entrepreneurship

General Information
Contact

Orlaith McGourty

Email

orlaith.mcgourty@ucd.ie

Phone

01 7162046

Address

UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
Belfield,
Dublin 4

Role

Senior Programme Manager

Important Dates
Application Deadline

03/02/2018

Start Date

05/03/2018

About this Course

This course develops your ability to think and act like an entrepreneur, irrespective of whether you have an idea or any prior start-up experience. Our part-time blended Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise is a hands-on, action-oriented learning experience which builds creative confidence alongside practical skills to transform your ideas into new ventures in a supportive environment. Whether you ultimately launch a new venture, reinvigorate an existing one, develop a social enterprise or apply your entrepreneur skills for the benefit of an employer, this course develops the skills and attributes you need to reinvent yourself in the fast-paced modern world of work.

What will I learn?
Our programme has been developed over the last six years to ensure the following outcomes for participants:
1. Learn to develop, validate and execute new ideas using key business tools, including Design Thinking, the Business Model Canvas, the Value Proposition Canvas and the Lean Start-Up Methodology;
2. Uncover your latent creativity, develop your communication & presentation skills, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills;
3. Leave with the skills, confidence and contacts to develop a sustainable business/social enterprise or to find employment with improved networking, CV/interview skills;
4. Gain access to mentors, potential funders, incubators and other relevant organisations in the start-up ecosystem.
5. Become part of a national community of innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who have the skills to create change in organisations and start new ones.

How will I learn?
This course is delivered by a highly experienced, cross-sectoral team of entrepreneur practitioners with expertise in financial services, ICT, hospitality, creative industries, agriculture & regional development and social enterprise.
For the blended components of the programme, students will have access to UCD Innovation Academy's bespoke online learning platform, which has been used by over 300 UCD Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to date. The course will be delivered over 15 weeks part-time (3 mornings a week).

The course takes a proactive, active-learning approach with a significant emphasis on teamwork and industry interaction through:
1. Participation in real-life project challenges with industry partners
2. Interactions, advice and networking opportunities with key representatives from industry across all sectors and stages of business development
3. Working in multidisciplinary teams, gaining exposure to new perspectives and alternative skill-sets
4. Applying learning & tools to your own entrepreneurial project
5. Establishing links to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and pathways into follow-on entrepreneurship growth programmes (Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers programme, national & regional start-up competitions, accessing Local Enterprise Offices supports.)
6. Learning about funding for new ventures
7. Familiarity with proven career management tools and coaching methods for realising career ambitions e.g Business Model You

Objectives

To provide a transformational educational experience which nurtures creative and entrepreneurial thinking and action.
Empower you with the skills to find employment or develop a sustainable business/social enterprise.
Include you in a widely established network of alumni and mentors, as well as your community of fellow students.

Entry Requirements

1. Applicants must satisfy Springboard's requirements to be eligible for funding.

2. Applicants must submit original transcripts of a minimum of an Honours degree, in any discipline (NFQ level 8 or equivalent). All applicants are required to provide an up-to-date CV. In the absence of a degree, 5+ years of relevant work experience may be considered under UCD's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants who do not have an honours degree may apply on the basis of their work experience.
Such applicants must submit their CV and any transcripts, certificates etc.

In order to support your application under RPL, we strongly recommend that you review your CV with the following in mind:
1. Demonstrate where you have shown leadership and self-direction
2. Describe management or entrepreneurial experience
3. Describe responsibilities in the areas of eg. employees, budgets, clients
4. Include contact details of 2 professional /employment referees

Long Description

This course develops your ability to think and act like an entrepreneur, irrespective of whether you have an idea or any prior start-up experience. Our part-time blended Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise is a hands-on, action-oriented learning experience which builds creative confidence alongside practical skills to transform your ideas into new ventures in a supportive environment. Whether you ultimately launch a new venture, reinvigorate an existing one, develop a social enterprise or apply your entrepreneur skills for the benefit of an employer, this course develops the skills and attributes you need to reinvent yourself in the fast-paced modern world of work.

What will I learn?
Our programme has been developed over the last six years to ensure the following outcomes for participants:
1. Learn to develop, validate and execute new ideas using key business tools, including Design Thinking, the Business Model Canvas, the Value Proposition Canvas and the Lean Start-Up Methodology;
2. Uncover your latent creativity, develop your communication & presentation skills, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership skills;
3. Leave with the skills, confidence and contacts to develop a sustainable business/social enterprise or to find employment with improved networking, CV/interview skills;
4. Gain access to mentors, potential funders, incubators and other relevant organisations in the start-up ecosystem.
5. Become part of a national community of innovators, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who have the skills to create change in organisations and start new ones.

How will I learn?
This course is delivered by a highly experienced, cross-sectoral team of entrepreneur practitioners with expertise in financial services, ICT, hospitality, creative industries, agriculture & regional development and social enterprise.
For the blended components of the programme, students will have access to UCD Innovation Academy's bespoke online learning platform which has been used by over 300 UCD Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to date. The course will be delivered over 18 weeks part-time.

The course takes a proactive, an action-learning approach with a significant emphasis on teamwork and industry interaction through:
1. Participation in real-life project challenges with industry partners
2. Interactions, advice and networking opportunities with key representatives from industry across all sectors and stages of business development
3. Working in multidisciplinary teams, gaining exposure to new perspectives and alternative skill-sets
4. Applying learning & tools to your own entrepreneurial project
5. Establishing links to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and pathways into follow-on entrepreneurship growth programmes (Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers programme, national & regional start-up competitions, accessing Local Enterprise Offices supports.)
6. Learning about funding for new ventures
7. Familiarity with proven career management tools and coaching methods for realising career ambitions e.g Business Model You

Career Opportunities

Of the current and future skills needs of an enterprise, our course offers students the opportunity to develop skills across three specific areas - creativity, entrepreneurship and enterprise.

Throughout the course, students are equipped with the latest tools and techniques in these areas through a hands-on, action-oriented learning environment. We have found that this provides students with the opportunity to connect and work with industry or to establish their own business ventures. Our teaching staff is made up predominantly of entrepreneurs.

You will develop cross-enterprise skills such as creativity, problem-solving, leadership and interpersonal skills. Confidence building, the ability to act autonomously and peer-to-peer network development feature strongly.

The final module of the course focuses on preparing you for life after the course. It addresses job readiness and provides supports in the following areas:
1. Students develop their one-year career goals and action plan
2. CVs, LinkedIn and interview skills
3. Supports in the external environment for prospective entrepreneurs and job seekers
4. Guest speakers (including alumni) and links to accelerator programmes and prospective employers.

The aim is that you will leave, ready to find or create a job.

Timetable Info

9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays for 15 weeks.
Please check your calendar/diary - continuous assessment means that 100% attendance required.

Delivery Location

UCD Belfield Campus

Delivery Notes

Action based group learning environment.

Admissions Contact Details
Instructor

Orlaith McGourty

Address

UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
Belfield,
Dublin 4

Phone

01 7162046

Email

orlaith.mcgourty@ucd.ie

Application Procedures

1. Complete all fields in your Springboard online application www.springboardcourses.ie;
2. Upload your up-to-date CV
3. Upload your transcripts for a minimum of an Honours Bachelors Degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). If you previously studied at UCD, please provide your UCD student number in lieu of transcripts. If you do not have an honours degree, we will look for 5+ years of relevant work experience on your CV and employer references as per RPL guidelines above.

Media
Past students talk about their Innovation Academy experience

https://vimeo.com/139959347