Entrepreneurship and the wider university
As Cass Business School is one of five schools at City, University of London you gain access to a wide network of industry specialists. If it just an interest, or a motive to move industry, access to this network can help to enhance your time at Cass. There is access and opportunity to connect with faculty and the wider university network.
Entrepreneurship is one of the strengths of our MBA but outside of the programmes there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in entrepreneurial activities. Cass runs the annual Innovate conference which comprises a variety of workshops, talks, interviews and panel discussions about business leadership, social enterprise and technology. Previous guest speakers have been Tom Ilube CBE, founder and CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity and Sarah Wood OBE, co-founder and CEO of Unruly.
The annual CitySpark business ideas competition is open to all City students with a cash prize of £25,000 towards the best idea. There are also workshops which are free to attend which focus on identifying customer needs, prototyping and marketing strategies. You will be mentored and learn how to pitch your ideas.
If you have a business plan that you are looking to develop or already have a business that you are ready to take to the next step, we have a range of funding and incubation spaces available. Students and alumni are able to apply for funding through the £5m Cass Entrepreneurship Fund as well as possible desk space at the University. At City, we also support entrepreneurial students through our City Launch Lab.
We are the only Business School to offer real estate programmes in London and our dedicated Real Estate Research Centre demonstrates the school’s academic strength. You have access to highly qualified real estate staff, all with at least 10 years’ experience in teaching in senior roles in the industry and active in research. Build your network through real estate events and draw upon faculty knowledge should you want to focus your Business Mastery Project in this area.
Our MA in Journalism is one in best in the country with alumni working at BBC Radio and TV, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and CNN. 11-time Emmy winner Nicole Young completed the programme in 2002. They often host university wide talks with industry professionals which are free to attend as an MBA student. If you are interested in moving into the journalism or media industry, having these links are key to making that transition.
Cass Business School is renowned for impactful, world-class research that’s as relevant to business and industry as it is to academia. Our research has a positive impact on the real world of business, practitioners and policymakers. Cass experts also advise governments and regulatory bodies.
Below are some research centres that MBA students have found particularly useful on the programme
- The Cass M&A Research Centre (MARC), founded in 2008, is the only such research centre at any major business school focused on both the research and practice of M&A.
- The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School (Cass CCE) is the leading non-profit and philanthropy centre in the UK.
- The Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance (STF) facilitates international dialogue between industry, government and academic leaders, and undertakes applied research.
- The Digital Leadership Research Centre (DLRC) studies the impact of technological and institutional change on competitive dynamics, firm strategy and firm organisation.