Gain entrepreneurial skills and explore ways of using your research to develop a career outside of traditional academic pathways with the Santander PhD Entrepreneurship Opportunity (SPERO) programme.
This series of training courses will help you think like an entrepreneur and develop skills such as spotting opportunities, maximising resources, generating ideas and improving personal effectiveness. You can also learn how to set up your own business.
The programme is aimed at PhD students and divided into three steps. You can attend all three or just sign up for the one which is most appropriate. You’ll receive two training points for each day you attend (for courses which last more than a day, you'll need to attend all days in order to receive training points).
This programme is sponsored by Santander Bank and delivered in partnership with the Doctoral Skills Development Team.
SPERO Discover: Entrepreneurial skills for PhD students
This one-day workshop will help you develop your entrepreneurial thinking and start to recognise and use your entrepreneurial skills.
By the end of the workshop you’ll be better able to develop ideas that create value and make a difference to others. You’ll also be able to identify stakeholders who can help you move an idea forward and set goals to progress your enterprising activity.
Each workshop focuses on a particular field of study or faculty/department.
SPERO Applied: Entrepreneurship essentials for PhD students
This three-day workshop is for PhD students who are curious about entrepreneurship and have had little-to-no previous business experience.
This workshop delves deeper into business language and entrepreneurial thinking. You’ll learn about key concepts for early stage enterprise creation, including ideation, prototyping, testing, building networks, sales, marketing and raising finance.
- 27 February to 1 March 2019
- 27 to 29 March 2019
- 24 to 26 April 2019
- 22 to 24 May 2019
- 17 to 19 June 2019
SPERO Advanced: Advanced entrepreneurship skills for PhD students
This two-day workshop is for PhD students who are considering starting a business but don’t feel they have enough ‘business acumen’.
This workshop will help you gain the business knowledge and professional skills needed to start your own business. You’ll learn about company administration and financial planning for IP-rich startups and how to have productive conversations with investors, suppliers and other stakeholders.