Innovation & Enterprise


Entrepreneurial skills for UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP PhD students (SPERO Discover)

9:30 am to 4:30 pm, 20 June 2019

PhD students and early career researchers at an entrepreneurship event

This is a free masterclass for PhD students from the UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Develop entrepreneurial thinking in both your academic and personal life.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students


UCL Innovation & Enterprise


103c Camley Street


This one-day workshop will help you recognise and use your entrepreneurial skills to heighten the impact of your research and think about future career paths.

Even if you don’t have entrepreneurial ambitions, this workshop will help you reframe the skills you're developing during your PhD.

It'll focus on the fundamentals of developing an entrepreneurial mind-set and exploring value creation.

What to expect

The day will be very practical, with a number of personal and interactive exercises.

You’ll be taken, step-by-step, from initial idea to validation and pitch deck, with templates and real life examples. 

It will help you to: 

  • develop your own entrepreneurial thinking
  • start to recognise and use your entrepreneurial skills
  • generate and develop enterprising ideas using tools such as the business model canvas

By the end of the workshop, you'll be better able to:

  • develop ideas that create value and make a difference to others
  • identify the relationships needed with relevant stakeholders to move an idea forward more smoothly
  • set goals to progress your enterprising activity

Who it’s for

This workshop is for PhD students from the UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP. It's open to students from all years and research themes.

You don't need any prior business experience to attend. You don't need to be an aspiring entrepreneur or already have a business idea.

About the tutor

Mario Moustras, CEO and Founder of Mazamo Coaching, is a leadership and talent development coach who works with researchers and entrepreneurs. Before becoming a coach, he worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He has a PhD in chemistry, and is a chartered scientist and Fellow of the RSC. Mario has worked with scientists and engineers across government agencies, industry and universities. He's led teams through science-related programmes in higher education, enterprise partnerships (especially with small companies) and technology policy.

Dates and times

This one-day course will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Thurday, 20 June 2019.

This courses will also run on 4 June 2019 and 10 June 2019.

Book your place via Eventbrite for 20 June

“I really enjoyed the exercise of coming up with a business plan and exploring the skills our team had in new and innovative ways. Hearing stories about how ideas become business enterprises was really eye-opening and inspiring!”

Christina Picken, PhD student, School of Pharmacy

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UCL Innovation & Enterprise reserves the right to make changes to the programme, location and/or speakers without prior notice. Such alterations are occasionally necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.

This initiative is sponsored by Santander Bank and delivered by UCL Innovation & Enterprise. Find out more about the SPERO programme.