Do you want to be your own boss and run your own company? Do you like working with others and generating ideas? Do you want to travel the world and create business and friend partnerships and networks that will last you a lifetime? Our Business (Team Entrepreneurship) course is a groundbreaking and innovative applied business degree based on a model of the programme from Finland called Team Academy which has been running for over 20 years and generating highly qualified, confident and successful entrepreneurs.
It is highly practical where learning by doing is the central philosophy. You will be engaged from the first day in generating business ideas that you turn into reality with your Team Entrepreneur colleagues. As well as being profitable and productive, your Team Company will operate with the highest ethical and moral principles, exploring building businesses within social enterprise context and within the global business network supported by Team Academy style programmes from China to Amsterdam, from Spain to Argentina.
A flexible learning approach is adopted where you take full responsibility for your learning, running your business with your team colleagues and supported throughout by a staff team of coaches, not teachers. With this programme, you work hard at learning, not at being taught and you are assessed on a continuous basis, not through exams. The success of your team and your company is your evidence of attainment.
Because the University is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), as well as graduating with a BA (Hons) degree, you also have the option to complete the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, enabling you to leave with a much sought-after professional qualification in addition to your degree.
If you want to find out more about the programme and the great opportunities it can offer you, why not pop in and have a chat with any of the coaching team or call Elinor Vettraino (Head Coach) on +44(0)7731489797.
The short videos below offer you a real flavour of the programme you are about to embark on; prepare to be inspired!
About the Course
This applied business degree programme is structured into three years, all of which are based on you learning by doing. From the very beginning you will be establishing a team company, trading as a functioning business and finding, keeping and growing customer and client networks, locally, nationally and internationally.
To help support your developing understanding of setting up, running and growing your team company there will be a series of professional workshops, seminars and creative laboratories during the course. Throughout the rest of the programme, there will be no taught inputs, lectures or seminars. Instead you will be guided and supported through your learning by coaches who will work with you during training sessions each week and in action learning groups.
You will also have access to a wide range of learning materials including books, journals and on line resources which you will use to support your developing entrepreneurial, business and team knowledge. You will be expected to apply theory to practice in the form of reflective logs, creative presentations and project work and you will gain valuable feedback from peers, coaches and your clients which will inform your business development.
What You Will Study
From your first day and during your first year, you will form your team company and get to know your own strengths and development needs along with those of your team colleagues. You will create your business, working through the legal and technical requirements for this process, and you will begin to develop creative and innovative projects to support your emerging client/customer needs. You will begin to engage in local, national and international networking.
Throughout your second year you will develop on the experience you will have gained through working as a team company for a year. Your client/customer base will grow as you expand your local networks to take in regional, national and international connections. As your knowledge, skills and aptitudes in business and team work grow you will gain confidence in identifying your learning needs and leadership of projects and teams will become a focus for you.
At the end of year 2 you will have begun to think about a significant project with your team which has a focus on social enterprise and sustainability in an international market. As your third year begins so too does the planning process for your international project. As this takes shape you may get the opportunity to head abroad, or alternatively you could link in with a global company from the UK. You will also be working individually and as a team to forward plan for continued success post graduation as you map out your future ventures.
What Team Entrepreneurs Say
Team Entrepreneurs from around the world have shared their insights on the different degree programmes they have been part of. Their testimony will help you to see how valuable our applied degree programme will be to your positive and productive future.
- Team Academy has brought me out of my comfort zone and I have experienced constant challenges which had led to me learning so much more about entrepreneurship, my team and about myself. Team Academy provides a network of support and opportunity in which to do this.
Rachel Horton, Teampreneur, Northumbria Business School, Newcastle, UK
- Visiting customers early in my degree broke down the wall of fear and gave me confidence in my own ideas.
Maialen Arrizabalaga, Teampreneur, Mondragon University, Spain
- Our final year goal was to set a six week long trip around the world that contained an international project. We needed 50,000 euros profit to do it and on October 2nd 2013 we started the trip.
Lauri Holja and Maria Ruokonen, Proacademy Teampreneurs, Tampere, Finland
- I have been able to experience so much in such a short time over the course of my first year in team entrepreneurship. I have had opportunities that I didn’t’ even realise existed before seeing the course and I have learnt how to make the most out of them.
Toby Bartholomew, Teampreneur, UWE, UK
- I think in Team Academy’s context it’s not about school or working it’s about much more for me. Being part of Team Academy is about a way of acting, it’s a new way of doing things in every aspect of life.
Jussi Galla, Tiimiakatemia Teampreneur, Jyvaskyla, Finland
- If I had to sum up the course to date it would be exciting, challenging and enormous fun! The emphasis is on learning by doing so it makes it much more real.
Dominique Salsbury, Team Entrepreneur, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
Assessment is done through a continuous process and not through exams. Key points in the year will require submission of particular pieces of work and you will be assessed in a variety of ways; through presentations, workshop creation, written pieces, visual work and also through your participation and leadership of training sessions and client engagement.
You will reflect critically on your learning through the process of running your business and your ability to function individually and also as part of an entrepreneurial team. Your customers/clients will form part of the assessment process as you deliver projects to them on time, on budget and to quality. Your peers and coaches will also form a vital part of your assessment feedback and you will be expected to seek out ways of understanding your learning progress.
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How to Apply
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
Building a Business
In this module you set up and begin to run your own business from the first few weeks of the programme. Learning about the legal and technical aspects of business creation, you begin to build customer projects and start earning revenue
Innovation and Opportunity
This module is all about growing your ability to innovate and turn creative ideas into real business propositions. You will learn how to seek out and embrace business opportunities.
Team Learning and Creativity
In this module you build your team company and team identity with a shared vision and sense of values. You, along with your team company colleagues, determine the way in which your company will function, making use of creative approaches to team working. You will also begin to work with coaching approaches in your training sessions.
Personal Learning and Creativity
Understanding yourself is a vital part of knowing how you can grow and develop as an entrepreneur. This module focuses on your personal learning targets and goals and how they align with your team company’s objectives. You will also explore and develop your own creative capacity and begin to build your business coaching skills.
Developing a Company
Having worked with your team company for a year, this module focuses your attention on how you can extend this learning to grow your company and identify a wider span of business opportunities.
Communicating and Connecting
You will have built up the beginnings of a customer network and in this module you will learn how to extend and grow that network whilst also retaining and nurturing the customers you already have. You will develop your networking skills and understanding the impact of your image on your business.
Team Entrepreneurship in Practice
Building on your team learning in first year, this module enhances your ability to work entrepreneurially as a team, building an effective and positive team culture and being able to work as a unit to identify and embrace new business opportunities. You will continue your coaching work with your colleagues and build on your knowledge and understanding of the international team learning community that you are part of.
Self-Awareness, Leadership and Management
In this module you will explore leadership and management roles within your team company. You will explore the different frameworks and models of leadership and begin to identify styles that you want to work with. You will build on your personal learning from first year and revisit your goals as an entrepreneur, a team member and as a learner, becoming more aware of your individual responsibility for learning.
Sustainable and Responsible Business Development
Having built your business over the last two years, this module challenges you to work internationally and within the context of a social enterprise or a Third Sector organisation. You will work with your team company to identify a social theme that you want to explore and you will plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate an international visit for up to three months in one or more countries. As a team company you will be responsible for generating the finance for this project from your revenue generating work in the first two years.
Forward Thinking, Future Planning
As you move through third year and towards graduation, you will need to work as a team to wind up your company and plan ahead for your futures. Do you want to continue working as a team in a new venture? Or as part of a team? Do you want to explore your own entrepreneurial ideas or do you want to work in an organisation to learn from a bigger structure? All of these ideas are focused on in this module as you dissolve your team company at the end of the year and look ahead to the next 3 years.
Team Entrepreneurship in Practice: Internationalisation
This module works hand-in-hand with your sustainable project. Through this module you will research social and ethical business practices in a range of international settings, identifying good practice and understanding how that can be translated into your team company.
Creative Leadership and Business Impact
Building on your leadership and management skills developed in the first two years, this module places creativity at the heart of leadership and considers how vital the impact of creative and productive leadership is on business function. You will explore the lives and styles of creative leaders and look to fine tune your own leadership approach based on a creative framework.
Dr Elinor Vettraino – Academic Coordinator for Business and Enterprise & Head Coach
Elinor is a trained Team Academy Master and also is Associate Programme Manager working with Akatemia CIC UK to deliver Team Academy Mastery training to organisations within the education sector across the UK. She has a diverse and creative background, spanning HR development, teacher education, educational and social theatre, leadership and management and team/individual coaching. Elinor has her own consultancy, Active Imagining designing and delivering leadership, management and change agent training to individuals and organisations.
Karen Lowthrop MBE – Team Coach
Karen is CEO and Co-Founder of Hill Holt Wood, a leading Social Enterprise based in Lincolnshire, UK. A seasoned and successful social entrepreneur, Karen has a track record of producing, presenting and managing the implementation of innovative business solutions in a range of contexts. She is experienced in converting every opportunity into success and of driving forward innovation. Karen is a qualified Team Academy coach.
Chris Jackson – Team Coach
An experienced and professional business manager, Chris is an entrepreneur and a Team Coach on the Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme. Having worked as a mentor in business for many years, Chris’s understands the challenges and practicalities of setting up your own business and making a successful and profitable company grow. Chris will be working with local business partners and the BG Futures team to explore business creation and sustainability through creative laboratories on the programme.
International Learning Community
As a Team Entrepreneur on the Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme you are a part of a global learning community that is growing all the time.
There are over 10,000 people using the Team Academy approach to learning in Higher Education and in the UK there are only four other universities. International participants stretch from China to Amsterdam and from Spain to Argentina.
As a member of this global learning community you can expect to travel internationally to cooperate and collaborate with other team companies around the world. You can also explore global networks and undertake projects with fellow team learners in other countries as well as grow your business partnerships and contribute to sustainable and responsible business growth.
Click here to be taken to the Akatemia website and find out more about this course in regards to world wide relationships and partnerships.
The Proacademy programme run from Tampere, Finland is part of the Team Academy community. Watch this video to find out what they do: https://vimeo.com/34897877
International Archaeological Field School
Throughout your time on the BA (Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) programme you will connect with, develop projects for and learn from a range of local, national and international businesses. In Lincoln, our programme is strongly supported by the local and regional business community who are excited about the opportunity to work with you as customers/clients as well as mentors and supporters. Read on to discover what some of these successful entrepreneurs say about this innovative programme.
Dean Graham, Managing Director of Lincoln Marketing Agency
As a local entrepreneur I think this type of programme is fantastic and such a brilliant opportunity for those who are looking for all of the benefits of going to University but to gain skills that will be applicable no matter what you choose to do later in life. Having students on this course invest in the local business community I think is really exciting for Lincoln and the idea of passionate entrepreneurial graduates setting up businesses in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands will really help to boost the wider economy and reputation of the area. Upon completing my A-Levels I was underwhelmed by the idea of spending another 3 years of academic studies, I was really wanting to get into work and start learning about business and no University course fitted with that desire. If the Team Entrepreneurship course had been available I’d have grasped the opportunity with both hands.
Jon Thornes MBE, Founder of Cool Milk
A course that starts you off as a business person from day one of the course must be better than having to wait 3 years, as is the case with most other courses. I am looking forward to giving these new business people my help in creating their new business. I am sure if I had undertaken such a course, then I would have blossomed even earlier in life.
Alan Hawkins, CEO and Founder of Turbine Efficiency, Lincoln
I believe a good entrepreneur encourages others to succeed, I personally enjoy that process and ultimately it can bear fruit for my company to have like-minded talented individuals who might work for me. I can easily see the huge benefit in creating the plan before setting off on an entrepreneurial journey with the support of experts to guide the process. Currently to start a business of any sort is often a leap into the unknown and you never really know what you don’t know. I consider such a course to be incredibly beneficial to the right person.
The list below is an example of the many businesses who have committed their time and support to this programme:
- Andrew & Co. Solicitors
- Nicholson’s. Chartered Accountants
- Cool Milk. International group
- Hill Holt Wood. Social Enterprise
- NW Consultancy Solutions Ltd. HR and Coaching services
- Multi-Sport Pro LLP. School sports provision
- VSTOCKZ Ltd. App development
- EPIX Media Ltd. Web and time-lapse development
- B&G HR Ltd. HR services
- New Youth Theatre. Creative
- NBV Enterprises Ltd. Support to business start-up
- Hurstons. Accountants and Business Advisors
- Turbine Efficiency Ltd. Hi-tech engineering
- Education Business Partnership. Government funded organisation
- The Lincolnite. Web-based news for Lincolnshire and route to investors
- Business Lincolnshire. Principal web-based business support organisation for Lincolnshire
- C1 Media Ltd. Film and media production company
- ISN Ltd. International business journal
- Kennedy – Malbec Ltd. Specialist recruitment
- Intelligent Energy Therapy. Hi-tech therapy services
- Lime Lolly Ltd. On-line retailer