Innovation & Enterprise


Global citizenship programme - social startup

Work in interdisciplinary teams to gain experience of building a social startup and taking on global challenges.

The global citizenship programme is an intensive two-week programme which prepares you to launch a new business, develop a business startup or become a consultant on innovation.

You'll learn how to:

  • tackle some of the major social challenges like poverty, lack of education and obesity
  • transform your ideas into a sustainable business - making money can mean doing good!

In this strand of the UCL global citizenship programme, you’ll get the tuition, guidance and support to turn your innovative idea into a viable and sustainable business.

This is a practical programme that challenges you to not only ‘think’ but also to ‘do’.

Who it's for

You can register for this programme if you’re: 

  • a UCL undergraduate student in your second, third or final year
  • a UCL postgraduate (taught) student

What skills will I develop?

In this programme you’ll practise:

  • team work
  • leadership
  • networking
  • idea generation
  • market analysis
  • branding
  • finance and budgeting
  • pitching and presenting
  • commercial awareness

What to expect

Workshops and guest speakers

You’ll attend workshops on everything from the role of social enterprises and business to creative problem solving, all facilitated by a creative marketing consultancy.

Hear directly from social entrepreneurs on what inspires them – and what risks and opportunities face would-be entrepreneurs today.

Build your enterprise

You’ll work together to find a new solution to a global challenge.

You’ll be responsible for developing your enterprise, analysing your market, appealing to your target customer, and demonstrating that your idea can be replicated at a global scale.

Meet your mentor

Meet with an experienced advisor to guide your idea development - and challenge you to build a sustainable business model.

Pitch to win

You’ll then pitch your idea to a panel and fellow students.

The winning enterprise will win a prize for their idea and presentation.


This is a full-time programme. You’ll need to attend 80% of the course for it to count towards your higher education achievement report (HEAR)

Watch a video about the programmee

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Photos from 2018

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