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Mini MBA Programme

Overcome barriers to your business and grow as a leader 


The Entrepreneurs Forge Mini MBA is an immersive development programme designed to support you to realise your growth and leadership goals. The programme is open to leaders like you from all sectors in Suffolk.

This programme is for you if:

  • You’re preparing to grow and want to scale your business effectively
  • You want to gain confidence in your unique abilities as a leader
  • You want to develop your business, and navigate post-pandemic challenges

Experts from the Suffolk Business School academic team will guide you through the 7 week development, growth and resilience programme. External speakers and experienced entrepreneurs will share their experience and insights, offering you alternative perspective on the topic for each module.

The workshops will create strong bonds between you and the other participants, through peer-to-peer support. You will leave with a supportive network and clear plans to apply the learning points to your organisation.


On completion of this programme, you’ll walk away with:

  • your growth plan based on key themes of collaboration, creativity and connectivity
  • tools, frameworks, and practices to help you navigate post-pandemic challenges
  • a self-reflective understanding and acceptance of your unique offer.
  • the opportunity to join a network of like-minded professionals striving grow and develop their business.
  • strong bonds between participants to support personal and business recovery and resilience post COVID-19.


To join the Entrepreneurs Forge Mini MBA, your business must:

  • be based in Norfolk or Suffolk
  • be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) employing between 5 and 249 people
  • have been operational for at least one year
  • have creative or digital elements or projects within your business, and/or operate in the creative / digital sector.

To join the Entrepreneurs Forge Mini MBA, you must:

  • be a senior decision maker, such as Chief Executive, Director or Founder (please note, only one person per business can attend the programme)
  • commit to completing all sessions

Download an application form here

Programme Outline

The programme is offered as 7 weekly half-day sessions - each led by an experienced member of the Suffolk Business School academic team, starting on Wednesday 2nd February and ending on 23rd March (please note, there will be no session on 23rd February).

Session format

  • Sessions will start at 1pm and run until 5pm.
  • Each session will include a welcome and introduction, check-in with participants (reflecting on tasks undertaken between sessions).
  • Approximately 3 hours mix of taught content and joint activities or discussion, followed by a break
  • Final part of the session will feature the guest speaker and a Q&A.

Module 1: Welcome and Creativity and lateral thinking

Reflecting on your business and your key challenges. Setting out growth plan aims. 

Module 2: Strategic Growth: implementing strategy through creative stimuli

Learn the tools for achieving growth through creative and innovative ways of working

Module 3: Marketing and Sales

Gain an appreciation for branding, marketing proposition and position

Module 4: Entrepreneurial Leadership

Reflect on your leadership style and understand the requirements for developing your own Entrepreneurial skills. 

Module 5: Growth and Opportunities

How to identify areas of growth and opportunities for new products or services and create an innovative organisational climate..

Module 6: Entrepreneurial Teams

Learning how to empower your team to develop their own entrepreneurial skills

Module 7: Graduation - Pulling it all together

Present your growth plans and challenge to the student and graduate project teams. 

Download an application form here

Want to know more?

If you are unsure whether you / your business is eligible for this programme, or you would like to know more, please email our Business Engagement Team



Dates: Course start 2nd Feb 2022

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Location: The Atrium, University of Suffolk

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Fees: the programme is FREE

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