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Imperial College Business School
AI Startups & Innovation Programme
9 Feb 2022
Registration closes
15 Feb 2022
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Length: 6 weeks
Language: English
Effort: 7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning
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Why Study AI Startups & Innovation?
The Imperial College Business School Executive Education AI Startups & Innovation six-week online programme is designed to help startup founders, CEOs and heads of corporate new venture groups overcome the barriers of accessing expertise, networks, time and methodologies to successfully create a new artificial intelligence (AI) startup, or to transform an existing venture. The programme will cover how to identify business opportunities, leverage the dimensions of AI technologies, and build on the success of existing AI applications to improve products and services in any industry.

By applying proven analytical frameworks, you will effectively articulate a problem, define a solution, conduct a competitive analysis, and create a go-to-market strategy. You will also familiarise yourself with the implications of AI regulations, guidelines and compliance to evaluate the balance between protecting consumers, managing risk, promoting competition, and stimulating innovation.

What makes this course different is the capstone project that allows you to bring startup ventures to life by applying rudimentary frameworks to create a prototype, where no technical skills are required, and develop a business plan for a venture development or transformation.
“This programme gives you what you need to master AI innovation by providing guided assistance to launch a new AI company or an AI innovation project inside an established company.”
David Shrier
Programme Director
Professor of Practice, AI & Innovation, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
Is This Programme Right for You?
  • A CEO, startup founder or a head of corporate new venture group looking to learn rapid ideation and understand AI-related metrics
  • A financial services or consumer lending business unit leader that can benefit from tactical yet strategic foundational knowledge of AI and the process of innovation
  • Working in healthcare, digital health or the medical field and seeking guidance on how to bring a new venture forward
  • An e-commerce, trade association or marketing professional that requires subject matter expertise in building, implementing and evaluating business plans for AI ventures
  • An investor or analyst seeking AI business analytics tools, perspectives on venture implications and a deeper understanding of investment feasibility
  • A government advisor or regulator working in risk management, venture promotion, competition enhancement, consumer protection and ways to leverage data to protect against unintended consequences of AI
Programme Content
Module 0: Orientation Module arrow
Module 1: AI Technologies and Applications Module arrow
Module 2: Think and Design Like an AI Entrepreneur Module arrow
Module 3: Design Strategies to Drive Innovation and Growth Module arrow
Module 4: Risks and Mitigation Module arrow
Module 5: Launching the AI Venture Module arrow
Module 6: Experiential Learning Capstone Project and Next Steps Module arrow
What you will gain
  1. Proof of knowledge through a Certificate of Participation issued by Imperial College Executive Education
  2. A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and programme participants
  3. Coveted industry knowledge from market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution
  4. Acquisition and retention of new skills supported by an AI-driven learning platform, individual- and team-based programming, and individual success coaching
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Programme Director
Professor of Practice, AI & Innovation, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
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Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovations, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
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How you will learn:
  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the course
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment
  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration
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The Imperial Learning Experience

We create people-centric learning experiences. From conception through to delivery, we are guided by the principle that learning is a creative, personal and above all, human process. Our high quality, crafted learning environments are highly interactive, community-orientated and actively tutored. Our programmes offer an engaging experience designed to facilitate natural learning behaviours.

No compromises. Our online programmes offer the absolute equivalent of our campus-based programmes. They adopt the same rigorous academic standards, are delivered via our world-leading faculty and offer a comparable high-touch approach to the classroom experience.

The Esme Learning way
Collaborative AI-enhanced learning
We teach executives as they work - in cross-functional teams. Learners participate in interactive simulations and team projects which reinforce applied learning and enhance collaboration and complex problem solving skills. If you are looking for an individually-paced course, this course is not for you.
improvement on completion rates compared to other online courses