Graduate as a business owner

A first-of-its-kind in Malaysia team entrepreneurship degree programme has recently been launched at Taylor’s University.

The Bachelor in Entrepreneurship (Team Entrepreneurship) (Honours) degree programme is a three- year programme under Taylor’s Business School.

Inspired by the Finnish Team Academy Programme that sees 83 teampreneurs graduating annually, Taylor’s Team Entrepreneurship focuses on three core areas – the enterprise, the team and the individual.

The degree brings these elements to life through an action driven approach, coaching with business mentors, learning support through Taylor’s MakerSpace (a workshop arena), office collaborations through TheSetup (a co-working space mimicking real office environment) and seed funding to bring ideas to life.

Another aspect that adds edge to Taylor’s Team Entrepreneurship is the access to seed funding and exposure to venture capitalists.

Through this initiative, not only will graduates be provided with an initial capital to set up their businesses, but they will also be able to test their product designing, pitching and ideation skills.

The programme has collaborated with business coaches in various industries such as logistics, e-commerce, food and beverage, fashion, social enterprises and consultancies to give students a microscopic insight into those businesses.

“The Taylor’s Team Entrepreneurship degree was conceptualised taking into consideration the challenges and obstacles that the new age entrepreneurs face. Being a business owner is not just about coming up with an idea.

“It involves strategic thinking, decisiveness, strong management qualities and the drive to be agile in varied circumstances, like the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us, ” said Taylor’s University School of Management and Marketing head Assoc Prof Dr Goh See Kwong.

“New ventures and businesses not only drive creativity, they are important catalysts to a region’s successful economic output, provide new job opportunities, create the need for new talent and room for expression of new ideas and product, ” he continued.

“Our end goal with Team Entrepreneurship is to ensure that when our students graduate, they are ready to take the leap as well-informed and visionary leaders while fully understanding the international, regional and local contexts of managing their businesses, ” he added.

Taylor’s Bachelors in Entrepreneurship (Team Entrepreneurship) (Honours) will begin its first intake in August 2020.

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