Innovation and Enterprise


Global citizenship programme - social start-up

Work in interdisciplinary teams to gain experience of building a social start-up 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 start-up 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’.

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Register your interest

Who this programme is 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 will I do? 

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)


This programme will next run from 29 May to 8 June 2018. 

Register your interest

When you book you'll need to pay a £10 deposit, which will be refunded when you attend the full programme. The deposit will only be kept where students don't show up for the programme without giving at least three working days' notice. Read the full terms and conditions.