Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Glossary

If you’re currently considering our MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, our glossary can help you understand some of the course terminology.

Innovation - The development and implementation of a new idea (such as a product or process) that improves how a certain need is met.

Innovation Management - The process of organising, enhancing, and coordinating an organisation’s innovation processes.

Disruptive innovation - An innovation that creates a notable change in how a market or industry functions.

Entrepreneurship - The process of creating a new business and taking on any financial risks in the hope of making profits or solving a social problem.

Entrepreneur - An individual who creates and runs a new business while bearing most of the risks involved.

Product development - The process of creating or improving a product and managing it during all stages of development until it goes to market.

Intellectual Property (IP) - An intangible (non-physical) asset that is the result of an individual’s or an organisation’s inventiveness.

Intellectual property rights (IPR) - Legal rights that protect the owners of intellectual property from theft. Examples of IPR include patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

Brainstorming - A technique for encouraging new ideas that involves a group of people meeting to freely share and discuss their thoughts.

Business Incubation - The process in which an individual or organisation supports the growth of a startup by providing resources such as training, physical space, etc.

Startup - A young company founded by one or more entrepreneurs to develop a product and bring it to market.

Venture capital - A type of financing provided to startups and small businesses that are believed to have substantial growth potential.

Prototype - An early model of a product that is used to test or showcase a concept or process.

Ideation - The process of creating and communicating new ideas, from their initial stage to their implementation.

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