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With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship

A new undergraduate pathway has been launched at the University of Exeter to enable students with the capacity for modularity from across the Streatham campus to work towards gaining a With Proficiency In (WPI) Entrepreneurship. By completing 60 credits* (four 15 credit modules) in entrepreneurship during their degree a student can opt in to the programme and request that WPI Entrepreneurship is added to their degree title.

The pathway is designed to build the student’s entrepreneurial skills, confidence, and business acumen in order to increase the chances of success in identifying, creating, delivering, and capturing value. 

Currently there are five modules for selection within the WPI Entrepreneurship pathway:

Impactful Entrepreneurship

This first-year module is taught in the first term and repeated in second term. Impactful Entrepreneurship is a first-year elective that introduces students to technology and the circular economy while building creative confidence. In other words, the module seeks to develop student knowledge of innovation within the context of the circular economy and the wider impact of entrepreneurship. By exploring the latest trends in technology and their relationship to business, students will build a stronger contextual understanding.

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Entrepreneurial Value Creation

This is the second module in the WPI-E stream and it runs in first semester for second year students. The module is designed to introduce students to how individuals behave entrepreneurially to create sustainable value using their available means. The module’s core components (e.g. Sustainable value creation; Effectual entrepreneurship) are delivered online covering how to explore the feasibility, desirability, and viability of entrepreneurial ideas. We use a practice-based approach enabling students to experience the early stages of an entrepreneurial process through the development of their own entrepreneurial idea (which can be based on for-profit or non-profit logic).
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Thinking Entrepreneurially

This module is delivered for second year students and taught in second semester. The module explores what it means to think like an entrepreneur and how individuals in all types of organisations can use entrepreneurial practices to solve problems and create value.

The module’s core component is delivered online and covers research on how entrepreneurs ensure success through the use of entrepreneurial thinking. This is built on in a series of workshops that help the students to build their entrepreneurial mindset. 

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Managing Entrepreneurially

This is a module designed for third year students and taught in first term. The aim of the module is to introduce students to the business fundamentals in relation to entrepreneurship in order for them to increase their ability in managing new venture projects. Further, this module is designed to reduce potential risk in entrepreneurial business endeavours through delivering a better understanding of business essentials. 

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Business Ignition – from idea to implementation

This is the capstone module of the WPI programme. This third-year module is taught in second semester. It allows students to develop a real-world business idea and test it. It builds upon and puts into practice the material learnt in previous WPI modules. This is a project-based course where most learning occurs through students acting in real life to launch a semester-long social enterprise to create impact for a local charity. There are no required lectures or formal essays – student time for this class is dedicated to learning through acting in the real world. (Pre-requisite modules: Managing Entrepreneurially OR Thinking Entrepreneurially (previously “Could you be an entrepreneur?) OR Startup Entrepreneurship). 

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WPI-E Legacy Modules

(These modules have been replaced but are still credit bearing towards the completion of the WPI-E stream)
1. BEM2010 Could you be an Entrepreneur  
2. BEM1020/1020A Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
3. BEM2032 Startup Entrepreneurship

*All efforts have been made to make the programme available across colleges and within Streatham campus. Students are responsible for opting into WPI Entrepreneurship and ensuring their course allows for the flexibility to complete the required module set.