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Pioneer 1.0: Start a New Business

Pioneer 1.0 is the springboard for entrepreneurially-minded students who have a business idea that they want to turn into a reality. 

About Pioneer 1.0

  • This programme is designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to start a business – start your journey to turn your idea, or very early-stage venture, into a reality. 
  • We are delighted to welcome a range of entrepreneurs and business experts to the programme to speak on their subjects of expertise, share advice and answer your questions.
  • Learn new skills, connect with like-minded Pioneer participants and industry experts, and take control of your enterprise journey.
  • Pioneer 1.0 is a virtual programme with all sessions taking place live online. 

When is Pioneer 1.0?

  • Pioneer 1.0 runs from November to May during the academic year, with a celebration event in June. The programme consists of a monthly Saturday morning session while working on your business idea throughout the year. 
  • The 2021/22 programme applications have now closed.
  • Please look out for updates for the 2022/23 programme towards the end of the summer. 
  • If you have any queries, please , directing your query to Jenna Davies.

Pioneer 2.0: Grow an Existing Business

Pioneer 2.0 is designed to help student business owners take their companies to the next level.

About Pioneer 2.0

  • Throughout the programme, you will receive one-to-one coaching, mentorship and training from expert speakers on developing a practical and strategic plan for your business.
  • The programme will also provide you with a cohort of peers at a similar stage of development of your company, to help facilitate peer learning and support.
  • Learn and enhance your skills in financial management, sales, funding, marketing, leadership, strategic planning and much more.
  • Pioneer 2.0 will be a live virtual programme with all sessions taking place online.
  • The programme itself will start in November 2021 and will take place mainly on Saturday mornings from 11am-2pm, once a month until April 2022.

Apply for Pioneer 2.0

  • To apply, please complete the Pioneer 2.0 application form.
  • You can apply for Pioneer 2.0 if you are a current Birkbeck student or if you graduated within the last two years. 
  • The deadline for applications is midnight on 15 November 2021.
  • You may be asked to take part in an interview between the 16 November and 1 December 2021.
  • Places on the programme will be confirmed by the 30 October 2021.
  • The programme itself will begin in December 2021.