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Many of you thinking of doing an MBA may have an interest in starting a new venture or business at the end of it.  Since April of this year, the University of Strathclyde Business School has 10 Tier 1 Entrepreneurship visas to offer to students.  It’s all organised internally through a panel who have the powers to award the visas on behalf of the university.

You must have a genuine and credible business idea and meet the personal requirements. Successful applicants will be given permission to stay for one year (with a possible extension for a second year). Students who enter the scheme after April 2013 will be free to work unrestricted hours alongside developing their business.

To support all this, there are plenty of opportunities to get practical advice and support and to interact with the entrepreneurial community through the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN): http://www.strath.ac.uk/sen/, and Strathclyde 100, a network of the University’s successful entrepreneurs. In fact, one of our alumni is the Enterprise Adviser within SEN, so is keen to support fellow MBAs.

Great business ideas and start-ups will also be considered for entry to SEN’s International Innovation Award and the Association of MBA’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award – so plenty of good reasons to consider Strathclyde as the place to help you kick-start your own business!

And finally, even if you don’t want to start a business yourself, you can use your professional skills and experience to support others…….for the last couple of years, members of our full-time MBA have served on a panel to advise young entrepreneurs on their business plans and pitches before they take them to the market or potential investors.

Irene Aitkenhead Taylor

MBA Careers Advisor