Online Programme

The Entrepreneurial Edge

Unleash the entrepreneurial expertise to build your own business, launch your venture and secure success.

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7th February 2023


12 weeks

Programme fees


Create a competitive edge

For those switching fields, seeking to solve a real-world problem or driven to define their own success. Starting a business is a bold step for first time entrepreneurs.

London Business School’s The Entrepreneurial Edge is an intensive 12-week venture development journey. Through intimate mentoring and a dedicated support network, we will help you transform your energy and ideas into a successful early-stage venture. Along the way, you will build and launch new business ideas, learn the necessary startup tools and frameworks, evaluate market opportunities, create a viable business model and financial plan, and articulate your vision for your own enterprise.

Your learning experience

Build, launch and grow your business by developing world-class entrepreneurial expertise. Learn from real-life case studies, and produce, rehearse and refine your pitch deck with the support of experienced mentors and dedicated peer support groups. You'll create the confidence and build the knowledge needed to prepare you to sell your concept to potential team members, partners, customers and investors.

Each week your programme director will take you through the key concepts, step-by-step, before sharing a wide range of exclusive insights and support, including live online sessions.

  Faculty masterclasses: Explore the latest academic research, essential frameworks and industry best practice with world-leading entrepreneurship professors.

  Founder's insights: Gain invaluable real-world context from company founders with ventures at different stages of growth.

  Industry experts: Acquire insight into a range of topics, from investment to intellectual property, accelerators and incubators, legal issues and terminology.

  Live mentoring sessions: Consolidate your learning, get feedback and ask questions at weekly online sessions in small peer groups.

  Peer support: Give and receive support from other founders and build a strong network that will continue to grow beyond the programme.

  Pitching: Pitch your venture to an investor’s committee made up of venture capitalists and angel investors.

Experiential learning

Participants are expected to complete all programme activities, including approximately 5-8 hours of strenuous learning per week.

The weekly regiment of activities follows a repeating cycle:

  Learn: Intensive faculty-led-online masterclasses, industry expert online interviews and founders' insights

  Discuss: Interactive sessions with your Programme Director

  Apply: Prepare a one pitch deck slide

  Pitch: Share individual submissions and pitch to your mentor

  Refine: Evolve the idea based on feedback from your mentor and support group.

Key details

Duration: 12 weeks

Course start: 7th February 2023

Format: Online, Part-Time

Fees: £1950*

*+Taxes if applicable

Partial scholarships for social ventures are available; details and eligibility available upon request.

What is a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximise improvements in financial, social and environmental well-being - this may include maximising social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.

“If you ask any successful business person, they will always have had a great mentor at some point along the road.”    

Sir Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Atlantic


Upon successful completion of the programme, you'll earn a digital certificate of completion from London Business School.


Earn your certificate

All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of LBS.

Right for you

The Entrepreneurial Edge is for anyone with the motivation and determination to build a real business.

Participant profiles include aspiring entrepreneurs creating their first start-up, serial entrepreneurs refining their techniques and corporate professionals seeking to reinvigorate their career with entrepreneurial thinking.

Join a dynamic and diverse cohort of innovators and change-makers. Participants come from a breadth of backgrounds including:

  Aspiring business owners

  Serial entrepreneurs wishing to enhance their techniques

  Corporate executives looking to inject innovative, entrepreneurial thinking

  Entrepreneurs and innovation leaders within corporations.

Good for you

By the end of the programme, participants will understand how to:

  Identify legitimate business opportunities

  Gauge market demand and size of the opportunity

  Define your business model

  Build an early stage management team

  Identify an appropriate business plan

  Create a robust set of financial projections

  Prepare a go to market strategy

   Acquire initial customers

  Pitch for, and negotiate investment.

Good for your organisation

  Empower your innovation leaders with the insight and the toolkit to drive intrapreneurship within your organisation

  Build a culture of innovation, agility and creative thinking

  Exploit new opportunities for value creation and competitive advantage through new products and services

What you learn

Programme Director and Lead Mentor

Adam Davies

Programme Lead VIEW Entrepreneurship Course  (University of Oxford)

Visiting Professor (Entrepreneurship), Indian School of Business

Programme Lead, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Spark Accelerator, Melbourne, Australia

Innovation and Creativity in Organisations (Warwick Business School Online MBA)

Meet the faculty

Rupert Merson

Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
BA and MA (Oxford University), FCA, FCIPD

David Arnold

Adjunct Professor of Marketing
BA MPhil (London), MBA (City), DBA (Harvard)

John Bates

Fellow of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
BSC (Nottingham), MBA (Harvard)

Julian Birkinshaw

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
BSC (Nottingham), MBA (Harvard)
Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Deputy Dean (Executive Education)
BSc (University of Durham), PhD and MBA (Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University, Canada)

John Mullins

Associate Professor of Management Practice in
Marketing and Entrepreneurship
BA (Lehigh), MBA (Stanford), PhD (Minnesota)




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The fee* for programmes starting in 2022 is £1,950.

Partial scholarships for social ventures are available; details and eligibility available upon request.

We offer a 25% discount for London Business School Alumni.

*Fees are subject to change