Entrepreneurship and Business Growth

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Entrepreneurship and Business Growth

Entrepreneurship is a core area of expertise for managers in today's dynamic economy; particularly managing innovation, risk, uncertainty, and growth.

Entrepreneurship at Cranfield is unique because it is fully engaged in cutting edge knowledge relevant for ambitious owner managers derived from both practice and research at every stage of a new venture's development. Cranfield's entrepreneurship activities are managed by the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship.


  • Cranfield VentureDay - now in it's eighth year

    By Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship | 04/09/2015

    Now in its eighth year, Cranfield VentureDay has grown to become one of the country’s leading events for entrepreneurs and investors. The event is being held on 16th September 2015.

  • Dr Muhammad Azam Roomi Awarded Best Paper Award

    By Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship | 08/06/2015

    Dr Muhammad Azam Roomi, awarded Best Paper/Workshop at the ICSB 2015 World Conference in Dubai, 6-9 June 2015.

  • New Director for Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship

    By Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship | 17/03/2015

    The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield has appointed a new Director, Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam.

  • Success for Cranfield MBA Team at VCIC

    By Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship | 02/03/2015

    On Saturday 28th February 2015, a team of Cranfield MBA students - Team Cobra – Ben, Henry, Frank, Chris and Tim – represented the School at the European Final of the VCIC at HEC in Paris. After an incredibly tight competition the team came second behind IESE beating the teams from Cambridge, Imperial, Manchester, Copenhagen and Cass. Great performance, well done team!

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Key Concepts

  • How Competition Strengthens Start-ups: Immunizing for Success


    Accepted wisdom holds that the less competition a business faces, the more it thrives. But new research by Professor Andrew Burke and Dr Stephanie Hussels published in the Harvard Business Review shows that exposure to competition in the early stages of the life of a firm increases its long-term survival prospects.

  • Lara Morgan: My first deal

    By Lara Morgan | 26/10/2012

    Lara Morgan, founder and former Managing Director of Pacific Direct talks about her first business deal in this short animated film. Lara took part in the Cranfield Business Growth Programme.

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Faculty Members

Cranfield On

  • 60 seconds with David Molian - Growing your Business


    David Molian highlights key issues for successful business growth.

  • Is a Business Plan Any Use?

    By Andrew Burke | 23/05/2011

    There is much controversy as to whether a business plan adds value or not. Professor Andrew Burke sheds light on this issue. A lot of people observe high performing ventures that don’t have a business plan and conclude, why bother to plan? The topic is an important issue for many businesses, particularly those in the early stages of growth. Considers some key areas in order to assess the relevance and value of a business plan.

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Book Summaries

  • Growing your Business: A Handbook for Ambitious Owner-Managers

    By Gerard Burke, David Molian, Paul Barrow and Liz Clarke | 18/12/2007

    Growing Your Business helps owner/managers develop growth strategies for their businesses by providing frameworks, ideas, inspiration and hands-on assignments. Its contents are a distillation of the authors knowledge and experience, which has successfully helped hundreds of owner/managers to grow and develop their businesses and themselves over the last twenty years.

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