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The London School of Economics and Political Science

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the age of Change

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About the course

At the London School of Economics, we recognise that to be a leader tomorrow, you have to think and innovate like an entrepreneur today.

This intensive short course demonstrates how, in the age of change, opportunities beckon potential entrepreneurs to start new businesses and challenge executives and senior managers to transform existing ones. Entrepreneurial, innovative leaders are in demand across the professional spectrum and within multiple organisational contexts.

Programme structure

Dive into the entrepreneurship process

We have designed the course around a series of cross-cutting questions at the core of what you, as an entrepreneur, need to know and be able to do.

  • We motivate you to think about how you as an entrepreneur can identify, evaluate, and innovate around opportunities.
  • We bring practical insights into assembling and managing teams, raising capital, and scaling within entrepreneurial ventures.
  • We address opportunities and challenges that emerging technologies and new markets create.
  • En route, we weave together a cohesive portrait of the entrepreneurial process.
  • LSE's approach to executive education is personal and set within the context of your experience. The program integrates case discussions, presentations, and experiential learning to give you hands-on experience in tackling complex entrepreneurial decisions.

At the heart of this course is an ‘action learning’ project through which participants learn and apply the concepts from the course. Participants work in small groups to agree an entrepreneurial idea to develop throughout the week. This provides a concrete way for participants to test and apply the learning from the course as well as network and learn from others.

Your opportunity to engage with world-class faculty at the leading edge of research.

Professor Estrin and Dr Khavul have demonstrated the benefits of equity crowdfunding as a “robust alternative” for investors and entrepreneurs.

As part of their research role with the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance they analysed investment behaviour on the UK’s largest equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, which has an estimated 80 per cent share of the equity crowdfunding market.

According to Professor Saul Estrin and Dr Susanna Khavul, “the findings suggest that this new virtual market can solve the persistent market failures in funding entrepreneurial ventures".

Course outcomes

Experience thought leadership in London’s vibrant environment

True to LSE's culture of thought leadership, we challenge you to think about what entrepreneurs do, how they do it, and why it matters. We offer you the intellectual space to integrate what you learn into durable frameworks you can apply in the future.

To make the most of LSE's location in the vibrant heart of London, speakers from London's start-up, financial, and policy communities will join us throughout the week to share with you their visions of the future. Social events with other summer executives from all over the world will give you opportunities to network.

Who should attend

Successful participants have included:

  • Entrepreneurs looking to put their experiences into a broader context
  • Current and future leaders of family businesses seeking innovative transformations
  • Corporate professionals eyeing entrepreneurship as their next move
  • Lawyers, accountants, and advisors who want insights into entrepreneurs
  • Policy-makers responsible for building and growing regional innovation hubs

Trust the experts

Paul Willman

Professor Paul Willman is an Emeritus Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Academic Director of LSE’s Executive Courses. Professor Willman has taught on MBA and Executive MBA programmes at Oxford University, Cranfield School of Management, Budapest University of Economics,...


Susanna Khavul

Dr Susanna Khavul is the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor and Visiting Senior Fellow in the LSE Department of Management and a research associate at the LSE Centre for Economic Performance. She is an associate professor in the Lucas School of Business at San José State University in the heart...


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LSE Executive Education Courses – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Age of Change

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