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The Entrepreneurial Mindset Programme

What is the Entrepreneurial Mindset?

The application deadline for this programme is 11 February 2022.

‘The Entrepreneurial Mindset’ is a training programme designed by King’s Entrepreneurship open to PGR students and research staff across King’s. The programme aims to provide participants with an opportunity to develop their skills as innovators, critical thinkers, and collaborators, as well as to enhance future career prospects.

The multi-disciplinary and cohort-focused philosophy of the programme ensures that, as a participant, you emerge equipped to tackle key challenges in your discipline, in a rapidly changing world.

The programme is based on the Seven Skills of an Entrepreneurial Mindset framework, and the core areas of training are focused on purposeful development actions:

  • Compel
  • Disrupt
  • Think Lean
  • Validate
  • Be Resilient
  • Build teams
  • Impact and productivity

Whether starting your own company, working for a start-up or joining a corporation, developing these skills will enhance your employability prospects, diversify your ways of thinking and help you commercialize your ideas.



You can also watch this video to find out more about the programme:

What will the training involve?

The programme will run over 4 sessions between March-July 2022, with additional team coaching sessions and a Live Pitch event. The format of delivery is likely to be online, although this may switch to in-person depending on government guidelines later this year.

It is mandatory that participants attend all 4 training sessions, coaching sessions and the Live Pitch event.

The details of the programme are below. 



The Centre for Doctoral Studies and the Centre for Research Staff Development are offering a small number of fully-funded places on this programme. The commercial cost of a place on this programme is >£650. To be eligible, you must be either enrolled in a PGR programme at King’s, and be past your first year Upgrade, or be a member of research staff.

Course delivery dates

  • Session 1: Building Diverse and Effective Teams – Thursday 31st March 2022
  • Session 2: How to have Disruptive Ideas - Thursday 28th April 2022
  • Team Coaching Session 1: Growth Hacker (1 Hour) - w/c 9th May 2022
  • Session 3: How to Validate an Idea – Thursday 26th May 2022
  • Session 4: How to Create a Compelling Pitch – Thursday 23rd June 2022
  • Team Coaching Session 2 : Pitch Coaching (1 Hour) - w/c 27th June 2022
  • Closing Event: Live Pitch – Thursday 7th July 2022

You are required to attend all sessions – the programme has been designed to take you on a journey to build skills and experiences and to forge supportive peer relationships, develop your network and enhance multidisciplinary team working.

By completing all four sessions and the required work between sessions, participants will gain:

  • Entrepreneurial skills and mindset
  • Certificate of Completion of the programme
  • LinkedIn Endorsement from the Entrepreneurship Institute
  • Video of their individual final pitch 

Programme details

The programme will be delivered in four stages. Participants should hold a full day for each of the four core sessions.  

  • Session 1: Building Diverse and Effective Teams

An interactive workshop covering why teams and diversity are essential for innovation, skill mix, team formation and leadership whilst also developing an understanding of how effective and transparent teams work in unknown environments. The workshop will cover team dynamics and how to deal with conflict within teams. In this workshop you will form your team that you will work with for the rest of the programme.  

Delivered by: Yo Percale, Executive Coach in Residence, Entrepreneurship Institute and Rachel Stockey, Head of Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurship Institute 

  • Session 2: How to Have Disruptive Ideas

An innovation hack supporting creative approaches to innovation and disruptive thinking. Working in your teams you will begin the process of starting your own start up right from the ideation stage. You will learn the skill of having ideas, the benefits of being problem focused and how to become a disruptor in your field.   

Delivered by: Theo Ohene, Growth Hacker in Residence, Entrepreneurship Institute and Rachel Stockey, Head of Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurship Institute 

    • Team Coaching Session 1: Growth Hacker (1 Hour)
  • Session 3: How to Validate an Idea

In this session you will learn the fundamentals of how to “validate” an idea – that is how to check if an idea will actual work and will actually fix the problem you set out to solve. This session will cover customer development, design thinking and prototyping.  

Delivered by: Theo Ohene, Expert in Residence, Entrepreneurship Institute and Rachel Stockey, Head of Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurship Institute 

  •  Session 4: How to Create a Compelling Pitch

An interactive workshop to learn how to construct and deliver a compelling pitch and bring an audience on board with your ideas. This session will prepare you for the final pitch off event where you get to showcase your ideas and have your very own Dragon’s Den moment.  

Delivered by: Jenna Davies, Pitch Coach in Residence, Entrepreneurship Institute and Rachel Stockey, Head of Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurship Institute and King’s 20 entrepreneurs.  

  • Team Coaching Session 2: Pitch Coaching
  •  Closing Event: Live Pitch

Each team will have three minutes to deliver a compelling pitch for their idea to an expert panel of judges and audience representing different routes into entrepreneurial skills.  

Delivered by: Rachel Stockey, Head of Entrepreneurial Skills, Entrepreneurship Institute and operational support from Entrepreneurship Institute 

Additional support to the programme

All participants will receive the following support:  

  • Mentoring and drop-in sessions after sessions 2 and 3 to help with finding a viable idea and validating this via market research 
  • A community will be established online to encourage peer to peer support and interaction. 
  • Pathways at the end of each year will be enhanced to include entrepreneurial pathways. Some participants may have developed ideas that work as ventures/start-ups and these students can move forward with the Entrepreneurship Institute and enjoy support such as workshops, advice, drop-in sessions, idea competitions, acceleration and investment. 

How to apply & deadlines

Application form

Deadline: 11 February 2022

If you are a PGR student, your supervisor must support your application to The Entrepreneurial Mindset programme. This statement should comment on your progress through your research programme and how The Entrepreneurial Mindset programme will benefit you, your research and your future career choices. Applications that are not supported with a supervisor supporting statement will not be considered. This statement can be added directly into the application form.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising senior staff from the Centre for Doctoral Studies and the Centre for Research Staff Development. 

Application outcomes should be expected by early March. Your name and KCL email address will be shared with the Entrepreneurship Institute if you are successful in your application so that you can receive information about the training.

If you have any queries, please contact amy.e.moore@kcl.ac.uk

The facilitators

Rachel Stockey

Rachel is Head of Entrepreneurial Skills at the Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London. She is responsible for helping staff, students, and alumni at King’s to develop their Entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through a range of different training programmes and events. Rachel is also a qualified coach and works with clients to help them achieve their life, career and business goals with a specialism in Imposter Syndrome.

Yo Percale

Yo is a successful entrepreneur, executive coach and a sought-after business and technology change consultant having built financial services, professional training, e-learning and digital media businesses and been instrumental in the establishment of several client ventures. Yo is passionate about leadership, organisational culture, and innovation.

Theo Ohene

Theo is the founder of Skyamo - a growth consultancy for start-ups and brands. He helps teams to improve their key growth metrics, reduce their user acquisition costs and learn the principles of growth marketing. Theo has previously led growth for VC -backed start-ups in San Francisco, Las Vegas and London.

Jenna Davies

Jennais passionate about three things: People, Progression and Public Speaking. As founder of the I am Hub, a consultancy company that delivers Specialist Public Speaking Training, Online Skills Workshops & Events from networking and negotiation to influence and emotional intelligence. Jenna helps individuals and teams to maximise their impact. 

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