UTS is offering Australia’s first one-year full-time university-wide Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours). The new program complements undergraduate entrepreneurship subjects and extra-curricular activities such as the UTS Startups program. It also serves as a bridge into more extensive postgraduate qualifications such as the MBA in Entrepreneurship (MBAe). 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 all students with an undergraduate degree from any discipline, including architecture, design, communications, engineering, science, IT, health, law or business. Students 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 over three sessions, starting in Autumn session (February) or Spring session (July).
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.
21924 Start-up Bootcamp
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.
21932/3 Start-up Lab
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.
94663 Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change
July Intensive, 8cp
This subject will immerse you in the environments and ecosystems that enable entrepreneurship. This 3-week intensive is design 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.
94658 Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities
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.
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 a 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.
What is the schedule like?
In 2019 the schedule for students commencing in Autumn session looked like this:
Autumn 2019 21924 Start-up Bootcamp and Start-up Lab 1
- Monday, 18 March 2019, 1.00pm - 5.00pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 9.00am - 6.00pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Wednesday, 20 March 2019, 9.00am - 6.00pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9.00am - 6.00pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Thursday, 28 March 2019, 9.00am - 12.00pm Start-up Lab 1
- Thursday, 28 March 2019, 12.00pm - 6.00pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Friday, 29 March 2019, 5.00pm - 7.00pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 9.00am - 4.30pm Start-up Bootcamp
- Monday, 8 April 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm Start-up Lab 1
- Monday, 29 April 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm Start-up Lab 1
- Monday, 13 May 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm Start-up Lab 1
- Monday, 27 May 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm Start-up Lab 1
- Monday, 17 June 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm Start-up Lab 1
July Intensive: Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change
- Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 5 July 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 12 July 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 19 July 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
Spring and Summer Session: Start-up Lab 2
- Monday, 22 July 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 5 August 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 19 August 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 2 September 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 16 September 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 30 September 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 14 October 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 18 November 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 2 December 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 16 December 2019, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 6 January 2020, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 20 January 2020, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 3 February 2020, 10.00am - 1.00pm
- Monday, 10 February 2020, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Summer Intensive: Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities
- Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 22 November 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 29 November 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 8.00am - 5.00pm
- Friday, 6 December 2019, 8.00am - 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.
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.
Explore the UTS Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours) in more detail online here.
Attend an information event about the course and meet the course director.
Email us: Got a question about the course? Email HonsE@uts.edu.au to contact the course administrator and UTS Business School's Director of Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor Jochen Schweitzer.