Pioneer (previously BECCA) is a dedicated, extra-curricular course for students who are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship and who want to develop the knowledge and skills to excel as an entrepreneur.

The course provides a starting point for those with an idea or concept, or those wanting to set up their own business in the future, as well as fundamental support when entering start-up competitions.

How much of my time is required?

  • Pioneer is an eight-part course, with a monthly workshop between November and June.
  • When signing up, you commit to attending a minimum of six workshops. Plus, you’ll have the chance to submit an application to take part in our final competition.
  • Workshop dates:
    • Saturday 18 November: Pioneer Launch - Creativity and Innovation
    • Saturday 9 December: Your Inner Entrepreneur 
    • Saturday 6 January: Lean Business 
    • Saturday 10 February: Marketing Matters
    • Saturday 17 March: Pitch Perfect 
    • Saturday 21 April: Sources of Finance 
    • Saturday 12 May: Take off
    • Competition and awards to be held in June (date TBC)

What does the Course involve?

  • Every month focuses on a different skill or knowledge area including innovation, business planning, pitching, sources of finance, and more. You will work in teams to develop a business idea, using the knowledge gained in each session.
  • The course culminates in a competition; you submit your business idea and those who are shortlisted pitch to a panel of judges, with the winners taking fantastic prizes.
  • The workshops are delivered primarily by entrepreneurs and external professionals, who offer rich insights into running a business.
  • Watch one of our past students talk about the course.

How do I Sign up?

  • Please note that enrolment for Pioneer 2017-18 has now closed. Registrations for Pioneer 2018-19 will open in September 2018. For any queries, please contact .
  • How to register:
    • Log into My Birkbeck.
    • Select the 'Action' drop-down.
    • Choose 'Enrol on a short course'.
    • Click 'Enrol now'.
    • Search for 'Pioneer’.
    • Check the small box then select the first session in the drop-down.
    • Click 'Add checked modules to my selections'.
    • Click 'Proceed'.