Online entrepreneurial courses launched

CIEE pioneers eLab to teach postgraduates essential business start-up skills

CIEE has expanded its portfolio of worldwide education and cultural exchange programs with the introduction of eLab, an entrepreneurship certificate program for postgraduates who are interested in learning the skills needed to develop, launch, and operate a new business.

eLab (short for Entrepreneur Lab) courses will start in January 2019 at CIEE’s Global Institutes in London and Berlin. eLab offers two six-week intensive courses: Emerging eLab, an introductory module designed for participants who want to get their business idea investor-ready or their start-up ready to launch, and Advanced eLab for participants who are ready to further develop and grow a newly launched business.

Participants can take a single eLab program or both six-week programs back to back to get the benefit of two coordinated courses. They can even take one program in Berlin, the other in London, in order to explore the business climate of both entrepreneurial cities.

More and more university graduates worldwide want to start their own business right after graduation.
– Dagmar Hoppe, eLab Director 

Participants will visit successful start-ups and connect with experienced mentors as well as take part in group learning sessions. In addition, eLab participants gain access to potential funders through off-site networking and pitch sessions with investors, representatives of accelerators, and others who can help take new business ideas to fruition.

“More and more university graduates worldwide want to start their own business right after graduation,” said Dagmar Hoppe, Director of eLab. “But many lack the core skills, knowledge, experience, and access to resources required to establish a new enterprise. eLab’s experiential learning programme and networking opportunities can help participants quickly bridge the gap between dreaming of success and achieving the dream.”

eLab is also proud to be supporting entrepreneurs though its scholarship programmes, including Founding Females Scholarship to support qualified female applicants, Community Impact Scholarship, to support participants passionate about social entrepreneurship and contributing to their local home community, and the Global Innovators Scholarship to support scalable business ideas.

Alison Coward, Founder of Bracket and eLab Advisory Board Member, said: “The program really mirrors how the start-up world is quickly evolving and will give participants that entrepreneurial mindset needed to set up and run their own successful business.”