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New Msc Entrepreneurship grounded in workplace experience

With the technology sector remaining one of the most popular fields to work in, the benefits of taking a postgraduate course with links to the sector in place cannot be underestimated.

A recent Daily Telegraph article discussed how further study can help a career in the technology sector. Dr Tim Vorley spoke about the benefits of the links The Management School has in place for the MSc Entrepreneurship which is launching in 2013-14. “One of the strengths of this programme is our links with University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE), which has a strong tradition of supporting student start-ups. USE has launched an incubator this year for Sheffield students and alumni and this will be open to students on the MSc”.

The idea behind the incubator is to provide space for students who have set up their own businesses to develop their ideas. Philip Moehring of Seedcamp, Europe’s leading micro-seed investment fund and mentoring program, warned that firms in the sector often  have fewer than 10 employees and many who work in technology investment  have built their own start-ups making it rare for anyone to enter without relevant work experience. With the lack of career path possibilities from a junior level in the technology sector, the MSc in Entrepreneurship, along with the Incubator, gives students the opportunities to build a career. The course develops entrepreneurial skills through a student project, which could lead to starting up a business enterprise.

Dr. Vorley explained how the course will look at the different options when it comes to funding, from venture capital and private equity to commercial banks. “It looks at the life cycle of the business, from seed funding for the development to venture capital funding for rapid and mature growth.”

The Management School MSc in Entrepreneurship has been designed to provide alternative pathways for those who wish to develop knowledge of entrepreneurship and through the Careers service will be put in touch with a .wide range of employers; these connections can then be used as the first step to building a career in the sector.

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