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Pioneer 1.0: Start a New Business

Pioneer 1.0 is the springboard for entrepreneurially-minded students to develop their skills and propel their enterprise journey.

About Pioneer 1.0

  • This programme is designed to help you develop and practice the skills you need to succeed in enterprise - whether you have a business idea, are freelancing or are at the early stages of starting your business.
  • We are delighted to welcome a range of entrepreneurs and business experts for each of these sessions to speak on their subjects of expertise, share advice, and answer your questions.
  • Learn new skills, network 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 throughout the academic year between November and June. The programme includes a monthly workshop followed by a celebration and awards evening.

Apply for Pioneer 1.0 - Birkbeck students and recent graduates

  • Applications for Pioneer 1.0 2020/21 are now closed.
  • Pioneer 1.0 2021/22 will be available for current students and graduates within two years to apply. Applications for Pioneer 2021/22 will open in September 2021. 
  • If you have any queries, please , directing your query to Jenna Davies for questions about Pioneer 1.0.

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 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.

Apply for Pioneer 2.0

  • To apply, please complete the Pioneer 2.0 application form.
  • The deadline for applications is midnight on 12 December 2020.
  • Places on the programme will be confirmed on 18 December 2020.
  • The programme itself will start in early 2021 during the Spring Term and will take place on Saturday mornings from 10am-2pm for approximately six weeks in a row.
  • A final special event will take place in June 2021.