Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours)
UTS is offering Australia’s first one-year full-time university-wide Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours). The program builds upon any disciplinary knowledge and undergraduate entrepreneurship subjects as well as extra-curricular activities such as the UTS Startups program.
It's a new kind of honours program, that lets your build your own venture, do something you are passionate about and keep the momentum. While studying and applying key entrepreneurship skills and knowledge, UTS supports you with personal mentorship, access to world-class infrastructure and a community of like-minded people.
Application is open. The closing date for Autumn session 2021 applications is 29 January 2021. Processing of decisions will commence in December 2020. Click here to apply.
To learn more about how the course was developed, click here.
Who is it for?
The UTS Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours) is designed to help you develop your entrepreneurial venture through learning the skills, knowledge and mindset required to build a successful enterprise.
It is open to everyone with an undergraduate degree from any discipline, including architecture, design, communications, engineering, science, IT, health, law or business. Graduates from bachelor programs at other universities are also encouraged to apply.
How does it work?
This is far from a normal university experience. You will work on your own start-up project and build the networks needed to launch your venture. Through purposefully curated intensives and labs, and a mix of online and experiential learning, as well as mentorship and integration with the UTS Startups program, you will be exposed to the key business knowledge, mindset and competencies relevant to early-stage ventures. This honours degree comprises one year of full-time study, starting in Autumn session (February).
The course totals 48 credit points of study, comprising three 8-credit-point intensives (24 credit points) and two start-up labs (totalling 24 credit points). The labs are analogous to developing a research proposal and project in conventional Honours programs and are geared towards conducting the market research and validation for a venture proposal and pitch. The learning in these labs is based on a catalogue of online learning modules, from which you choose the most appropriate ones, in consultation with an academic supervisor and mentors throughout the year.
Start-up Bootcamp (21924)
Speaker 1: We strongly believe that entrepreneurship can be taught. So, we give you all the steps to learn entrepreneurship and to experience it.
Speaker 2: Here at the Island 19 bootcamp for the entrepreneurship honours at the UTS Business School, we're basically getting you to start thinking around the entrepreneurial mindset and to start to learn some of the tools and methods that are relevant and important for you to learn as an up and coming student entrepreneur.
Speaker 1: It's two fold, we start with a bootcamp which is an immersive experience, where we mix the team building experience with learning and exploring competencies through practising specific activities.
Speaker 2: We have students from the MBA programmes, from across the university, undergrad and post-grad, coming together to work on their ideas.
Speaker 3: I'm super excited to fill in the gaps in my knowledge in terms of the startup space, like learning about lean canvas. And learning how to pitch.
Speaker 4: I've learnt how important the value of teamwork and accepting other people's ideas are in the process of ideations. And I've also had amazing insights on sharing and reflecting with other entrepreneurs around me.
Speaker 5: The solution that I'm here to give to you today is ...
Speaker 6: The first market segment that I would be targeting ...
Speaker 4: To overcome challenges and discover who they are together.
Speaker 7: All of these techniques that are available within this entrepreneur space, they're really effective tools that you can pick and map and take all the things that you need from it, to apply it to your business.
Speaker 8: It's been a really good ice breaker, in order to share genuine experiences that will help me, but also help the UTS startup community share their own ideas and support each other in being able to gain valuable feedback for your own business and your own mindsets.
Speaker 9: To be on this programme, these are the skills that you need for the future. The economy is going to be in the favour of the people who build the businesses and have the ideas and create it.
Speaker 4: Pack your stuff, great ready for the best three days in your UTS entrepreneurial experience.
Autumn or Spring Session, week 2 and week 4 intensive workshops, 8cp
The first subject in the program leverages your prior learning and disciplinary knowledge as you identify a problem-solution space, test and develop early prototypes and develop an understanding of how to get to problem-solution fit. This intensive will deepen your knowledge of key entrepreneurial methods and your ability to identify opportunities to create value while acting on your personal values and passions. The intensive is delivered as a 'bootcamp' in two parts, where you work on various start-up ideas and lay the foundations for the year ahead.
Start-up Lab (21932/3)
Autumn, Spring and Summer Session, blended learning with bi-weekly meetings, 24cp
Start-up Lab is designed to help you continuously experiment, develop, execute and validate various aspects of your entrepreneurial idea, supported by a catalogue of online learning modules. Each module helps you create real-world business outcomes and develop entrepreneurial skills and competencies. In Start-up Lab 1 you will build on the experience and insights gained in the Start-up Bootcamp and work towards developing a compelling entrepreneurial proposal. Depending on your existing knowledge and prior entrepreneurial activity, your learning path may involve brushing up your business skills, learning about relevant legal frameworks, researching user needs, markets and industries and delving further into validating and testing products or services.
With access to advanced online and blended learning modules in Start-up Lab 2 you work towards validating your business or social venture. While delivering real outcomes and progress towards your venture you are producing a comprehensive business plan and business model. The evidence-based business plan will demonstrate your competency to conceptualise, conduct and present outcomes and findings based on your own research and experimentation in an independent and applied manner. Throughout each session, you meet regularly with your academic supervisors, peers and the wider UTS startup community.
Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change (94663)
July Intensive, 8cp
This subject will immerse you in the environments and ecosystems that enable entrepreneurship. This 3-week intensive is designed to expand your network and knowledge of the entrepreneurial ecosystem that you are part of and can activate in support of your new venture. Through this intensive, you will interact with key stakeholders to study the ecosystem and its history, and visualise its current state as a ‘map’. By the end of this subject, you will develop a capacity to be a 'guide' in the ecosystem and to instigate change in support of your new venture.
Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities (94658)
Summer intensive, 8cp
In this 3-week intensive, you will explore the processes by which portfolios of opportunities are sourced and evaluated by people such as venture capitalists, R&D managers, impact investors, incubator & accelerator managers, and serial entrepreneurs. This subject emphasises learning how to weigh out each option in the context of the set of available opportunities. It turns the tables to put you in the shoes of investors to provide valuable insights into areas critical for securing funding or strategic partnerships such as due diligence, capitalisation tables, term sheets, and exits.
"I now have a business I can make money from" - Scott, Founder of Passé.
Hi, I'm Scott Brown. I am a student at UTS. I have studied a degree in Product Design and now studying an Honours of Entrepreneurship. Yeah, so Passe is an artistic embroidery service for anybody's clothing. Right now, embroidery itself is a business to business model, you can't really find business to consumer embroidery services, so I want to democratise embroidery. Fundamentally, fast fashion takes advantage of globalisation, of work and labor. It's the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil and gas. I wanted to try and make this better and use my art to revalue what secondhand clothing was. The Honours has kept my momentum. I've found out more about the problem. I understand more about the people that are affected by it. And my solution is more concrete. This has really pushed me to do something that I wouldn't normally do. And now it's really paid off. I have a business that I can make money from and it means something to me and people like it. But for this Honours, I think it's important for people to have an idea in mind before they come in, have some interest or have a passion.
"It's rare to get that type of personal support anywhere else" - Allya, Founder of BeautyPass
Hi guys, my name is Allya. So I'm currently completing the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship Honours. My main degree was Medical Science, and I graduated this year. I have a startup called Beauty Path. And basically, what we do is help small beauty salons, small to medium sized beauty salons, gain long term clientele. And we do this by creating a reward loyalty system. At the time, for my boyfriend, he was kind of inspired by this whole idea of working for yourself. I was like, I want to do that. I want to, you know, have my own business. That's how I kind of got into entrepreneurship. For me the Honours program, what I really got out of it is definitely personal support. You don't get this anywhere else. And I feel like the more you move on into your journey, you realise that people don't have mentors or someone to essentially go to and talk about what they're facing and yet I feel like it is definitely a safe place to, like, fail. You know, if you fail, you can do it with other people. You have someone to go to, you have your colleagues to go to, and you know I've made some really good friends. It's been great.
"UTS has a lot of support for entrepreneurs" - James is the Founder of SAM
Hi, I'm James, I'm completing the Honours in Entrepreneurship here at UTS. The business that I've been working on for the past 10 months is called Savings Automation Manager, Sam. It's a messenger chat bot designed to help people take control of their finances, and give them real time actionable insights into how they can grow their wealth. Sam has been through several iterations and phases over the past 10 months starting really with research. And even before any code or it was a digital product, it was actually a human based coaching service. I suppose it does seem counterintuitive that when wanting to be a disrupter that I chose to come back to university. And I think that really comes down to my familiarity with the university. And it's amazing UTS Startups program and the support I've seen for so many other student entrepreneurs in the years before me. So, it really wasn't to me, taking a big sacrifice, it was more an evolution of my career.
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree with an overall credit average in a relevant discipline. During an interview with the course director, they must be able to demonstrate existing entrepreneurial activity and motivation to complete the course.
Recognition of prior learning
Recognised prior learning may be allowed for students who have previously completed:
- 94663 Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change
- 94658 Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities
These subjects are available to almost all undergraduate UTS students as electives, as part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation sub-major (SMJ10096) or as part of the Diploma in Innovation (C20060)
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a business idea?
You need a starting point and context to work with while you study the program. This means you should have an idea about what problem you would like to solve. You may have already started working on this project as part of your previous studies or other activities. We will help you refine your ideas and test them. While you don't need a market-ready product, but you need an idea about what you would like to do as part of the program.
What if my idea changes?
That's normal and often part of your entrepreneurial journey. As you get to know the context of the venture idea better you may find that there is no opportunity or that others already solve the problem better than you can. In that case, you pick a different idea.
How much time commitment is expected of me?
This is a 48cp full-time degree program, which means you are expected to spend considerable time studying and working on your project. However, the degree is flexible in that there is not much class time scheduled. You will increasingly work independently, which means engaging with materials online, doing your own research and meeting with academics and mentors along the way. In the past students have held a part-time job and were able to meet the course requirements at the same time.
What is the schedule like?
In 2021 the schedule for students commencing in Autumn session looks like this:
Autumn Session: Start-up Bootcamp
- Monday, 22 February 2021 1.00pm - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 2 March 2021 1.00pm - 5.00pm
- Wednesday, 3 March 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Thursday, 4 March 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 30 March 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Monday, 5 April 2021 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Autumn Session: Start-up Lab 1
- Monday, 1 5 February 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm (Orientation)
- Monday, 22 March 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 5 April 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 26 April 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 10 May 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 31 May 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
July Intensive: Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change
- Tuesday, 29 June 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 2 July 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 6 July 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 9 July 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 13 July 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 16 July 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
Spring and Summer Session: Start-up Lab 2
- Monday, 26 July 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 9 August 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 23 August 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 6 September 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 27 September 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 11 October 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 15 November 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 29 November 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 13 December 2021 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 3 January 2022 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 17 January 2022 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Wednesday, 2 February 2022 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 7 February 2022 10.00am - 1.00pm
Summer Intensive: Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities
- Tuesday, 30 November 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 3 December 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 7 December 2021 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 10 December 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 14 December 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 17 December 2021 9.00am - 5.00pm
Who is going to teach the program?
The teaching team is a mix of entrepreneurship and innovation academics from the Business School and the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation as well as experienced entrepreneurs and mentors. Contact us at HONSe@uts.edu.au to get more detail on who will teach the program in 2021.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments are usually designed to help you not only understand new concepts and gain knowledge but to apply it and create outcomes that are relevant and useful for your venture to proceed. You will be asked to demonstrate your learning and understanding and show you new skills in practical ways.
Email us: Want to know more or have a question about the course? Email HONSe@uts.edu.au to contact the course administrator to express your interest or arrange to speak to UTS Business School's Director of Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor Jochen Schweitzer.