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Pioneer

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?

  • Starting in November 2021, you can take part in monthly Saturday morning sessions focused on topics including validating your idea, types of businesses, pitching, marketing, funding and more.
  • Each Saturday session runs virtually from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Dates for the 2021/22 Pioneer 1.0 sessions:
    • Saturday 13 November 2021
    • Saturday 11 December 2021
    • Saturday 15 January 2022
    • Saturday 12 February 2022
    • Saturday 12 March 2022
    • Saturday 2 April 2022
    • Saturday 7 May 2022
  • A final celebration and awards event will be held in June.
  • All participants are encouraged to enter the Pioneer 1.0 competition for the chance to pitch for valuable business support and mentoring.

Apply for Pioneer 1.0 - Birkbeck students and recent graduates

  • Applications for Pioneer 1.0 2021/22 are open for current Birkbeck students and graduates from within the last two years to apply. 
  • Apply by completing the application form
  • Applications close at 23.59pm on Sunday 17 October 2021. 
  • All applicants will be informed either way if they have been successful in securing a place by the 22 October 2021.  
  • If you have any queries, please directing your query to Jenna Davies for questions about Pioneer 1.0.

New for 2021/22: opportunity for law, marketing and finance students

  • We believe it is essential for future lawyers, marketeers and financial advisors to know what it takes to run a business, so that you can enhance your commercial awareness and better support your likely future clients. That’s why this year, Pioneer 1.0 will provide the opportunity for students studying law, marketing and finance to be part of the programme.
  • You will have access to a monthly mastermind workshop with experts in your field to review different topics of starting a business, as well as participate in a monthly Q&A session to boost your knowledge and expertise further. 
  • Starting in November 2021, you can take part in monthly mastermind and Q&A sessions with experts in your field.
  • Each monthly session runs virtually on a Saturday from 1pm to 2.30pm.
  • Dates for the 2021/22 Pioneer 1.0 mastermind and Q&A sessions:
    • Saturday 13 November 2021
    • Saturday 11 December 2021
    • Saturday 15 January 2022
    • Saturday 12 February 2022
    • Saturday 12 March 2022
    • Saturday 2 April 2022
    • Saturday 7 May 2022
  • A final celebration and awards event will be held in June.
  • To find out more and apply, view further details and complete the application form.
  • 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 17 October 2021.
  • You may be asked to take part in an interview between the 18 October and 29 October 2021.
  • Places on the programme will be confirmed by the 30 October 2021.
  • The programme itself will begin in November 2021.