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Pioneer: Starting a Business

Pioneer is a dedicated online course for individuals who want to develop the knowledge and skills to excel as an entrepreneur. If you have a business idea, are in the early stages of starting up a venture or are keen to set something up in the near future, this is the course for you.

Consisting of seven intensive workshops and culminating in a Competition and Awards evening, our Pioneer course aims to launch you onto your start-up journey. The skills you learn will encourage you to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set that adds value to every stage of your career.

It's an exciting, motivating and invaluable series of monthly workshops filled with advice and tips from those who have already been there and done it. It will help give you the head start you need to make your business a success.

Our Pioneer course is designed to:

  • develop your understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur
  • enhance key skills for you to succeed in starting a business
  • give you the opportunity to learn from and network with entrepreneurs and like-minded people to cultivate a strong network
  • provide you with the focus to put your ideas into practice: develop a plan, put a strategy in place, pitch your idea
  • give you the starting point and motivation to be a successful entrepreneur

Pioneer students will have the opportunity to enter the Pioneer Competition, which involves submitting a two-minute video pitch for their idea. Six finalists will be selected to pitch at the Awards evening in June. 

There are two awards available: Best Business Idea and Best Business Pitch. Finalists compete for a valuable start-up support Prize Package.

Note: if you are already a Birkbeck student studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course in 2020-21, you can apply for a complimentary place on Pioneer. Applications will be open at the end of August 2020 via a separate application form. For questions, please .  

This course is currently being run online.

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Sat 14-Nov-20 9.30am-1pm

Information about this class has yet to be confirmed.


This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.