Innovation and New Enterprise Development

Get an introduction to innovation and enterprise and learn to generate and evaluate your own ideas.  The business environment is ever-changing and highly competitive, making creativity and the ability to react to change, essential skills for any business enthusiast.

The Programme

Innovation is never straightforward. It’s something that has been happening constantly throughout human evolution and it is still happening around us in a multitude of interconnected ways.  

This Springboard short semester course will focus on key concepts, theories and techniques of entrepreneurial management in the business sector, as well as reflecting on key innovative business practices. Innovation and entrepreneurship are inherently about management practice and creating change so practically applying and synthesising the theories is the theme of this module.

The course is free through Springboard and it's well-structured and very engaging. You will apply the theory in a practical way, building up a portfolio of information relating to the course content through discussion, debate, self-directed learning, presentation and guest speakers.

  • Duration

    One semester

  • Next Start Date

    2nd February 2021

  • Mode

    Part-time evening

  • ECTS

    10

  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment & Exam

  • Level

    National Framework of Qualifications Level 8

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent

  • Accrediting Body

    GBS & Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Who is this for?

This module is aimed at everyone interested in innovation and enterprise in the business sector. The short semester module course is ideal for students who are looking to develop their transferable skills for the workplace and who want to bring value within an existing organisation. 

The module is offered through the Springboard initiative. This course is free for eligible jobseekers, returners, carers and those who are formerly self-employed and 90% funded for all eligible applicants in employment via the Higher Education Authority Springboard+ initiative

Read more about the Springboard scheme here.

Learning outcomes

Often people have quite a fixed view of who is innovative or creative and many people don’t think they fall into either category.  You’ll learn ways to develop ideas, gain confidence in your approach and turn ideas into action.

This course is designed to enable you with an actionable set of tools to capitalise on the new opportunities emerging in today’s rapidly changing world.

On successful completion of this module, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyse the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in an era of global economic uncertainty
  • Develop the tools and techniques necessary to draw up a feasibility study, a business plan or other alternative plans for an innovative international start-up company
  • Develop an awareness of resources and funding sources available, assess the associated risks, and identify the process and stages for creating a new venture for business opportunity both locally and internationally
  • Analyse the customer discovery process/design thinking approach
  • Develop communication skills to pitch and idea and secure a venture capitalist
  • Apply innovation and entrepreneurial strategies to real-life examples and help companies turn around.

What to expect

Finding yourself with a great idea is one thing but getting that idea off the ground is quite another. This course will teach you how to develop networks, articulate ideas and pitch successfully.

By the end of the course, you’ll gain a contemporary view of the role and importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in both an Irish and international context in areas such as:

  • managing innovation and individuals
  • sourcing innovation
  • identifying opportunities
  • generating ideas for new products and services
  • developing the business plan and alternative plans, networks of innovation,
  • creating an innovative organisation
  • applying the innovation and entrepreneurship to real life settings.

Skills for the labour market

Position yourself to succeed in the ‘new normal’.

Innovation & New Enterprise is a vital area of employability in any sector. COVID-19 has now highlighted the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in an era of global economic uncertainty.

Our main goal is to provide a skills-focused response to employment issues and increase the employment prospects of our graduates. The value employers place on creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking has increased significantly as we adapt to new ways of doing business. You will learn to identify the process and stages for creating a new venture for business opportunities both locally and internationally.

Course Structure

The Innovation and New Enterprise module is part of our Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business Level 8 degree.

This module is an 18-week part-time programme and it’s delivered part time in a flexible manner through blended or online learning to allow people to gain important skills without taking a considerable period away from the labour market and family life.

Part-time classes will run typically once per week for 2 hours and here is a breakdown of the total hours required. 

Classroom and demonstrations

Workshop hours

Directed e-learning (hours)

Independent learning (hours)

Total effort (hours)

24

4

14

158

200

Entry requirements

Applicants under 23 need a QQI Level 7 qualification or equivalent. To successfully pursue this module, an applicant would need some prior experience or knowledge in this field. Applicants over the age of 23 can apply on the basis of age and experience. Galway Business School also has an active RPL policy.

You will be asked to provide the following documents at the application stage: 

  • GBS Application Form
  • Proof of age – Copy of Identification (Passport/Drivers Licence/Birth Certificate)
  • Detailed CV – presenting a working history
  • References Details of any training completed Certificates for qualifications, training courses etc. Professional licenses/registrations or membership of professional organisations 
  • As part of the application process learners will be asked to attend an informal interview with GBS Academic Staff.

Applicants who wish to apply for the part-time programmes must contact Galway Business School directly at admissions@galwaybusinessschool.ie  

Career progression

After completing this certificate, you can progress on to a career in business or innovation management in SMEs or multinational organisations.

Students who would like to further their academic career can choose to continue their studies through our Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business degree and would be exempted from the modules completed within this course.   

Why Galway Business School

Galway Business School is one of the leading private educators in the west of Ireland and it has a proven track record of delivering successful short and part-time courses over the past 20 years, being recognised for its academic excellence.

With our commitment to flexibility, accessible progression routes and a strong academic record, we support you as you embark upon a lifelong learning journey.

We offer business undergraduate programs to suit your academic needs that fit into your schedule, whatever it may be. We have a selection of both full and part-time programs.

Browse all our Springboard courses here.

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