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What is Enterprise?

At Warwick, we recognise the importance of supporting student enterprise. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are essential components of the culture and values of the University. The challenges in our global labour market mean it is important our graduates leave the University with a capability to make pro-active, positive and responsible contributions to society.

Being enterprising is not just about starting or running a businesses. Entrepreneurial behaviour and enterprise skills are also useful during university studies and sought after by graduate employers for many types of organisations.

Being enterprising – the skills students need to generate ideas

Being entrepreneurial – how students apply their enterprise skills

Enterprising skills or attributes include:

  • Creative and innovative
  • Confident and energetic
  • Risk aware and decisive
  • Communicative and collaborative
  • Versatile and determined.

Business entrepreneurs need further skills to successfully start, manage and grow their enterprise - whether for profit or not-for-profit. To deliver services or goods to users they need to be:

  • Understanding of user needs
  • Aware of market forces
  • Strategic and flexible

Enterprise Education

The importance of supporting student enterprise has become a fundamental and expected part of the student experience in all higher education institutions.

The enterprising mind-set is evident in all that we do and achieve.

Universities are measured on Enterprise Education through the National Student Survey and Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey. They ask students to consider how well their higher education developed their ‘enterprise capability’. Also, recruiters are increasingly looking for ‘entrepreneurial graduates’.

The University of Warwick continues to innovate how it engages with the student community to help explore their potential for enterprise and entrepreneurship. Learn about Enterprise Education at the University of Warwick.