BETA Enterprise Programme

What is Beta Enterprise?

BETA is an extracurricular Enterprise Programme for University of Plymouth students who aspire to enhance their enterprise and professional skills and potentially start a new enterprise.

BETA will give you the opportunity to put your entrepreneurial abilities to practice via workshops, talks, mentoring and networking. The BETA Programme will engage you in the process of developing a start-up concept and turning it into a viable business entity, however, having a business idea is not pre-requisite of attendance. If you do not wish to develop a start-up you can still take part, picking and choosing BETA sessions which will contribute to your professional development and CV.

Who is BETA Enterprise for?

BETA offers practical skills workshops to all University of Plymouth students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) who want to acquire additional professional experience in the following areas:

  • Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity and ideation
  • Communication and branding
  • Finance, legal structures and agile business models
  • Implementation of enterprise
  • Sustainability in business
  • Social enterprise
  • Human resources
  • Business management
The learning outcomes, and benefits of taking part in BETA, are relevant whether you want to establish your own start-up, develop your enterprise or enhance your professional skills. The programme is designed in such a way that the skills learnt can be applied across all industries, to new enterprises and existing businesses, where innovation, far-reaching thinking, agility, creativity, and confidence is in high demand.

On the completion of BETA, you will have an evidenced, project-based story illustrating your own development journey: starting with an expression of who you are as an individual and professional, to communicating your values and ideas in professional settings, to the implementation and evaluation of viability of enterprise via appropriate methods and pitching.

BETA graduates are enterprise-ready and sought by employers. They can respond positively to professional challenges with unprecedented solutions, agility, creativity, courage, curiosity and responsibility.

University of Plymouth students access the programme free of charge.

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How is it structured?

There are nine two-hour long sessions. You can attend all sessions or attend only the sessions relevant to you.

There are also other opportunities such as a range of entrepreneurial guest speakers, networking and mentoring opportunities. See the BETA Programme for more details.

To become a BETA graduate and receive a BETA certificate, a participant has to compete six sessions. Only the best and most viable start-up ideas will be invited to pitch. The selection of pitching ideas will be announced in the middle of semester two.

How to enrol on BETA

Students are free to join BETA at any point during the programme. Join by attending any of the sessions (see the schedule). Your attendance will be registered at each session.

University of Plymouth students access the programme free of charge.

For more information email futuresbeta@plymouth.ac.uk 



Programme details

BETA semester two schedule 

Session 1: How to have great ideas (7 February 2019)
Can anyone can be creative? How to kick start yourself into ideas mode. Learn to create value and problem solve.

Session 2: Understanding yourself and others (28 February 2019) 
How to overcome your weaknesses and supercharge your strengths. Understanding what drives people and how to provide the perfect service.

Session 3: How to be part of the solution (6 March 2019)
Understanding sustainability, social enterprise and business ethics. Using passion, purpose and profit to make a difference.

Session 4: Getting ready to start up (13 March 2019)
Converting ideas into products. Understanding the planning and strategy tools that help you prepare for success.

Session 5: How to find and talk to customers (20 March 2019)
How well do you know your customers? How to make sure they share your passion.

Session 6: How to give your business an identity (28 March 2019)
People judge a book by its cover, make sure your brand tells the right story.

Session 7: The practicals of running business (4 April 2019)
Ask any business owner, it’s the day to day things that make or break your business. Learn to master the practical challenges before you even start!

Session 8: Finance, Tax and the Law (1 May 2019)
Learn from the experts how to protect yourself and overcome the scary bits of business.

Session 9: Presentation, Pitching and Persuasion (9 May 2019)
Gain the confidence you need to say the right thing the right way in any situation.

Objectives of the BETA Enterprise programme

  • 6 Enhance students' enterprising skills and entrepreneurial mind-set.
  • [ Support students’ professional competencies and attributes.
  • @ Impact students’ employability and prepare students for changing work environments.
  • Ä Offer business support and help students to design a business.
  • x Bolster students’ creativity, confidence, and individual voice.
  • u Create opportunities to link students with the business community and entrepreneurs locally.