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Programme overview

The Cambridge Judge Launchpad teaches the knowledge, skills and mindset required for startup or scaleup success. It also provides expert and attentive mentoring, networking and pitching opportunities.

Academic teaching: Top-class academic teaching in entrepreneurship.
Launch or grow: Application of knowledge,mentoring and networking to start or grow a business.
Community: community consisting of current and future students, alumni, teachers, mentors and investors.
Courses blend online and residential teaching.

The academic part of the programme provides an overview and understanding of entrepreneurship and the critical skills and perspectives for doing it.

The programme is highly interactive, with workshops, case studies, subject experts, and practitioners engaging in the discussion of key concepts, theories, frameworks, and emerging ideas for creating, developing, and enabling entrepreneurship in the private, public and social sectors in the UK and internationally.

Programme structure & content

The programme consists of core, elective and pathway modules.

Every student must study 10 modules, which will be a combination of core and other modules.

10 modules
The 10 modules are made up of 4 or 5 core modules, plus 4 or 5 elective modules, plus one pathway module and one elective module.
Possible combination of modules
Graphic showing that you can adjust the number of different types of modules to make up 10 in total. As long as you have a minimum of four core and a minimum of four elective modules, you can add extra core, elective or pathway modules to make up 10 in total.
Alternative graphic illustrating how you can adjust the number of different types of modules to make up 10 in total. As long as you have a minimum of four core and a minimum of four elective modules, you can add extra core, elective or pathway modules to make up 10 in total.
 
Core module 1: Opportunities, Business Models & Entrepreneurial Strategy; Core module 2: Entrepreneurship Skills & the Entrepreneurial Mindset.
Core module 3: Assembling & Managing Innovative Teams; Core module 4: Persuasion, Sales & Social Capital
 
Core module 5: Financial Literacy

Five of the 10 modules to be studied are core modules.

Students must study Financial Literacy unless they are able to pass an exam in the subject to be agreed by the Degree Committee. Students that have significant prior knowledge in finance may opt to take the exam to be exempt from the Financial Literacy module and will study a further elective module to reach the 10 modules required for the Master of Studies or Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.

Elective modules
Elective module 1: Managing Financial Resources; Elective module 2: Navigating within a Regulatory Framework
Elective module 3: Intellectual Property; Elective module 4: Pitching & Raising Finance
Elective module 5: Managing Growth/Scaling an Organisation; Elective module 6: Entrepreneurial Marketing
Elective module 7: Sustainability & Conscious Capitalism; Elective module 8: Executing: Experimenting with Purpose & Pivoting

At least four modules taken are elective modules. A further module can be a pathway module, or if you prefer to follow a general entrepreneurship programme you can choose a further elective module.

There are 17 elective units organised in eight elective modules, from which you choose the appropriate number: four modules if Financial Literacy and a pathway module are taken; five modules if only one of these is taken; or six modules if none of these is taken.

Learn more about the 17 elective units

  • Intellectual Property

  • Pitching & Raising Finance

    • Pitching & Investor Networks
    • Raising Early Stage Finance
    • Raising Later Stage Finance

  • Navigating within a Regulatory Environment

  • Managing Growth / Scaling an Organisation

    • Managing the Early Growth of a Firm
    • Managing Scaleups
    • Leadership and Vision
    • Intrapreneurship Theory
    • Intrapreneurship Practice

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing

    • B2B Marketing
    • Digital Marketing

  • Managing Financial Resources

    • Managing Early Stage Finance

  • Sustainability & Conscious Capitalism

    • 21st Century Entrepreneurship: Sustainability & Emerging Topics

  • Executing: Experimenting with Purpose & Pivoting

    • Lean Startup Theory & Practice
    • Decision Making & Systems Thinking
    • Design: Creating, Making & Service Design
    • Becoming a Startup Engineer

The emphasis each unit receives depends in part on the requirements of the cohort, but all units are offered. This comprehensive curriculum prepares entrepreneurs in the best way possible for their uncertain journeys.

Pathways

As part of the application process to the Launchpad programme you either choose one of the 15 pathway modules listed below, or you may choose not to pursue a specific pathway but instead pursue an additional elective to fulfil the 10 modules requirement of the programme.

The pathway modules are:

  • Fintech Entrepreneurship

  • Health Care Entrepreneurship

  • Biotech Entrepreneurship

  • Consumer & Retail Entrepreneurship

  • Cleantech Entrepreneurship

  • Agritech Entrepreneurship

  • Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship Education

  • Manufacturing Technologies & Industry 4.0 Entrepreneurship

  • Govtech Entrepreneurship

  • Proptech, Construction Tech & Property Development Entrepreneurship

  • Transport, Logistics & Mobility Entrepreneurship

  • Defence Technology Entrepreneurship

  • Enterprise Software & Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship

  • Legaltech Entrepreneurship

The pathways offered may vary from year to year, and it may happen that individual pathways may not run in any particular year if they don't attract a sufficient number of students. The list above should therefore be regarded as illustrative.

Timelines & qualifications

The Launchpad programme offers two qualifications for 2019/20.

Masters project: Students of the Master of Studies programme complete a major project during their second year (15,000 words). This project is a comprehensive analysis of a new business opportunity and requires students to apply the frameworks and tools from the programme. The project is assessed based on the quality of the research supporting the analysis, the analysis itself and the execution of the final report.

Supervision: You are allocated a project supervisor towards the end of the first year and start of second year. Supervisors provide both general academic advice and subject-specific advice relating to the project. You normally meet with your project supervisor about once a month to discuss progress, but meetings may be more or less frequent depending on the project.

Exit: Please note that students entering the Master of Studies have the option to exit after one year acquiring the qualification of a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship. Students will not be required to submit a project.

Residential weeks

During the programmes there will be one-week residentials at Cambridge Judge Business School:

  • September 2019
  • March 2020
  • July 2020
  • December 2020 (for students of the two-year Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship only)

Comparison between Master of Studies and Postgraduate Diploma

  Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship

Duration

Two years, part-time One-year, part-time

Cost

  • £33,738 in total
  • Equivalent to £16,869 per year
  • College membership and fees are included
Learn more about fees for the Masters programme
  • £14,120
  • No College membership (thus no fees included)
  • An associate membership may be possible for an additional fee
Learn more about fees for the Diploma programme

Time commitment

10 hours per week 10 hours per week

Location

Online and at Cambridge Judge Business School for one week each in:
  • September 2019
  • March 2020
  • July 2020
  • December 2020
Online and at Cambridge Judge Business School for one week each in:
  • September 2019
  • March 2020
  • July 2020

Project

Second-year project: you are expected to apply your learning in the real world as part of the programme, typically to launch or grow a business No formal project, though you are expected to apply your learning in the real world as part of the programme, typically to launch or grow a business

Alumni status

University of Cambridge - Yes
Cambridge Judge Business School - Yes
Cambridge Judge Launchpad - Yes
University of Cambridge - No
Cambridge Judge Business School - Yes
Cambridge Judge Launchpad - Yes

Admission criteria

  • Undergraduate degree at least 2:1, but a First is preferred
  • Proficiency in English
  • Must be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and ambition through the answers to essay questions posed as part of the application process, and, if invited, to questions posed at interview
View full entry requirements for the Masters
  • Undergraduate degree at least 2:1, but a First is preferred
  • Proficiency in English
  • Must be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial thinking and ambition through the answers to essay questions posed as part of the application process, and, if invited, to questions posed at interview
View full entry requirements for the Diploma

How to apply

Applying for the Masters Applying for the Postgraduate Diploma

Non-refundable application fee

£50 £100

Further information

Find out more about the Master of Studies in Entrepreneurship Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship

FAQs

Why are the Diploma and Masters different lengths?

The Diploma is aimed at those with significant work experience who will be able to hit the ground running or already have a business, so need a shorter, sharper programme.  The Masters is typically for those with less work experience, or intrapreneurs in large businesses, who need more time and support to get their ventures going.

Why should I care about "College status"?

Those seeking the fullest possible "Cambridge experience" might well prefer the Masters. The Masters tuition fees include College membership. However, Diploma students also benefit from both Cambridge networking opportunities and numerous memorable College lunches and dinners during the residential sessions, and, if they wish, are able to pay for an associate membership (one year, or lifetime) with certain Colleges who especially value their affiliation.

The first year content of the Masters and the content of the Diploma are very similar—are students taught in one group?

The core curriculum is taught to each group separately, the elective and specialist pathway modules bring the two programmes together. Cross-fertilisation between more and less experienced individuals has been widely understood for several decades as an important ingredient of successful innovation.

Can I apply for both programmes?

Yes. Each programme's admissions process is administered by a slightly different part of the University and therefore the time taken to reach a decision and make an offer of admission can also vary significantly.

Is there any advantage to applying early?

Yes. In 2018/19 the MSt in Entrepreneurship was heavily oversubscribed; we expect that both programmes will be oversubscribed for 2019/20, and offers of admission are made on a rolling basis.

Have a question?

If you are in need of further advice on applying to the Launchpad, feel free to email us at launchpad@jbs.cam.ac.uk.