Enterprise Skills

The UK bioscience industry offers a diverse range of employment opportunities that require researchers to display the necessary skills and experience in order to successfully transition from academia into industry and other bioscience-related non-research careers. To achieve this vision, the EASTBIO enterprise skills training component of our programme supports your development by exposing students wishing to gain knowledge, skills and experience of industry to business, commercial, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.

EASTBIO students doing Collaborative studentships are normally required to register to attend one of the following foundation face-to-face training options below.

“The Practical Entrepreneur - Business Skills for the Future” (in collaboration with the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre).
2022/2023 - online (details will be shared directly with students)

Update 29/08/2022: this course is delayed for the 2022/23 academic year and will be offered to both second- and first-year eligible students. EASTBIO to notify directly all students who have registered an interest in taking this course.

The Practical Entrepreneur aims to give students a real world insight in to entrepreneurship and to provide some of the 'tools' required to succeed in growing a business. Over the three days, the course will focus on a number of key areas including:

  • Know yourself- what it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • Getting in and getting out 
  • The mental side of entrepreneurship
  • Finance and fund raising – the reality
  • Choosing your team 

To complement this learning, you will also be involved in running a ‘virtual’ manufacturing business with your team of fellow students. The aim of this activity is to provide you with an insight into the key areas of focus when running a company- the more you know up front, the better your chances of success! This exercise will build on the following concepts:

  • Business strategy
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Product development
  • Human resources
  • Supply chain management 
  • Finance


Collaborative students can alternatively select one of the following training delivered by the University of Stirling with a focus on aquatic health. We regret that these options will become available again from January 2022 due to impact of COVID-19 on teaching plans.

  • Aquatic Animal disease and WelfareIntensive Primer with an industrial focus (University of Stirling);
  • Aqua Health Control and Welfare MSc course (University of Stirling).

    Update 29/08/2022: EASTBIO will confirm whether the delayed option will run in 2022/23 by our partner institution. EASTBIO to notify directly all students who have registered an interest in taking this course.

The above training options may be open to second-year students who do collaborative projects. Further information will be emailed directly to students.