Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation Programme

Course starts 27 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
19 January 2021
Course Starts:
27 January 2021
6 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
Said Business School, University of Oxford


Whether it’s a startup with potential to scale up, a niche business venture, or an initiative within a large corporation, launching a new enterprise can be full of uncertainty. Yet, with the right skills and insights, businesses have a better chance of succeeding.

The Oxford Entrepreneurship: Venture Creation Programme is designed to support you at various stages of the entrepreneurial process. It offers you practical guidance in your entrepreneurial journey, from identifying a market opportunity, to developing a business model, to learning how to launch and pitch your venture. You’ll examine the critical customer-facing and operational aspects of laying out a business model, as well as the activities related to launching a venture and achieving product-market fit. The programme offers insight into how to best contribute your unique talents and skills, and engage with the nuances of putting together a founding team.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this programme, you’ll walk away with:

  • Guidance throughout the entrepreneurship journey, from idea to pitch
  • Essential skills for identifying business opportunities, analysing customer needs, and developing a business model
  • A pitch deck for your venture, and the confidence to present your business idea to potential partners or investors
  • Access to expert insights from successful entrepreneurs and Oxford faculty, in-depth feedback on your venture pitch, and interactive live sessions

Is this programme for you?

Aimed at those planning, or currently involved in, the early stages of a new business venture, this programme offers comprehensive guidance throughout the entrepreneurial journey. Aspiring or first-time entrepreneurs seeking to develop their business idea will benefit from the support and feedback of like-minded professionals and leading faculty. Participants will gain essential skills for how to effectively present and prepare their venture as they take the next steps in their business. Intrapreneurs within an organisation will learn to exploit new opportunities for value creation to create competitive advantage through new products and services.

Course curriculum

Identify and transform a business idea into a successful early stage venture as you work through the weekly modules of this online programme.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Identifying business opportunities
  • Module 2 Understanding your entrepreneurial talents
  • Module 3 Analysing customers and markets
  • Module 4 Crafting a business model
  • Module 5 Launching a venture
  • Module 6 Pitching a venture

Your Programme Director

The design of this online programme is guided by Oxford Saïd faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the programme.


Dr Thomas Hellmann

DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Earn a certificate of attendance from Oxford Saïd

Develop a venture pitch for your business idea and earn an official certificate of attendance from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the programme handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the programme.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the programme, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 27 January 2021.

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    When paying for your programme, you can choose to pay the full amount, prior to programme start, or you can opt for a two-part payment plan option when you register.

    The two-part payment option requires one payment up front, followed by a second payment during your programme. 

    If you want to find out more about payment options or the programme itself, please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.