By Andrew Burke

The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurial Performance and Economics is a research centre at Cranfield School of Management, one of Europe’s leading university management schools. The Management School itself is part of Cranfield University and is renowned for its high quality postgraduate teaching and research and its strong links to industry and business. It is located about 75 km north-west of London.

The Bettany Centre was founded in 2006 following the generous donation of Tim Bettany, former Cranfield MBA and serial entrepreneur. The Centre is run by Professor Andrew Burke and currently employs two lecturers, a senior research and a research fellow. The Centre’s purpose is to enhance the management and understanding of high performing ventures through cutting-edge entrepreneurial research, teaching and practice. The Centre has developed a diverse portfolio of entrepreneurial activities comprising:

• A full suite of executive education programmes for entrepreneurs across the entrepreneurial life cycle including:

— Upstart: Investment Readiness & Business Start-up
— BGP: Business Growth & Development Programme
— Value Forum: Harvest & Exit Programme

• Executive programmes for corporations, such as Coutts Bank or Bedford County Council, who have entrepreneurs as their customers

• Rigorous and relevant international research programmes and publications on entrepreneurial performance

• Executive and full-time MBA teaching

• Doctoral research (both PhD and DBA) specialising in entrepreneurship

Cranfield VentureDay, a planned annual one day conference and networking event for entrepreneurs and those interested in entrepreneurial performance, with first event taking place on the 15 May 2008

• The Cranfield Entrepreneurship Association bringing together students of all faculties with entrepreneurs in an environment of learning and sharing to foster the entrepreneurial spirit

• Entrepreneurship programmes for doctoral and MSc students from across the University

Cranfield School of Management has a long tradition of enterprising students and alumni. Many of these started up new ventures while on the Cranfield MBA. 20% of the MBA alumni are involved in launching a new venture within 10 years of graduating from Cranfield. Professor Andrew Burke said: ‘I am lucky that so many of these people actively ‘give back’ to the School by participating and contributing to our many activities in the Bettany Centre. Their contribution is an important cornerstone of our programme and indeed brand.’’

For more information about the Bettany Centre please visit www.som.cranfield.ac.uk or contact: Louise Gardener, The Bettany Centre - T: +44 (0)1234 751122 E: louise.gardener@cranfield.ac.uk