Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship - Partnerships

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The HCfE works with a variety of partners, including other departments and schools of the University of Reading, industry professionals, government bodies and not for profit organisations. These partnerships enable HCfE to conduct research, support Thames Valley businesses and teach modules and the Masters programmes.

Research Collaborations

Faculty collaborates extensively with industry, other universities and public organisations in the conduct of research. Among the growing number of collaborations are:

Faculty lead

Collaboration Partner

Dr Maks Belitski

David Audretsch, Samee Desai and Siri Terjesen (Indiana University)

Dr Maks Belitski and Prof Andrew Godley are partners in the EU-project IDEA on e-leadership in SMEs, collaborating with researchers in leading business schools from across the EU.

Prof Mark Casson

University of York, Queen Mary University of London, University of Leeds, University of Lancaster

Prof Andrew Godley

Zhongming Wang (Zhejiang University)

In April 2014 Prof Andrew Godley, Academic Director of the HCfE, celebrated the inauguration of the first joint Chinese-UK research centre in entrepreneurship at Zhejiang University, China. Andrew is also a Special Advisor to the Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Club.

Mr Keith Heron

Range of SMEs and supervision of MSc Entrepreneurship students conducting performance evaluation research and consultancy for SMEs

Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj

T. King, Cranfield University, and N. Cornelius, Bradford University

Dr Anna Spadavecchia

Federico Barbiellini Amidei, Banca d'Italia, and John Cantwell, Rutgers University

Supporting Thames Valley Businesses

In June 2014, the HCfE and Berkshire Business Growth Hub staged the ‘Supporting SME Businesses to Grow’ Forum. Attended by over 50 SMEs, the forum was opened by the Dean, Prof John Board, who emphasised the evidence that shows how working with leading business schools can transform SMEs. Richard Greenhalgh, Chairman of the UK’s National Centre for Universities and Business, debated with an expert panel about how best to engage SMEs with leading universities. The benefits of a collaboration between Henley Business School and local SMEs business can be seen from one of several comments received from the Forum, with Karen Ovenden, Director of HireServe, stating: “It helped us open up the SME sector. The potential we now have is extremely exciting.”

As a result of the success of the Forum, HCfE run a regular series of events designed to deliver insights and strategies specifically related to topics identified by the Forum. These events include presentations by SME leaders, panel discussions and networking sessions, all of which have proven to be extremely popular with the local business community.


Supporting the learning and development of our students can be highly rewarding and we are privileged to work with a wide network of entrepreneurs and professionals who contribute to our modules and work closely with students.

The HCfE would be delighted to hear from industry professionals, including alumni, public body representatives and leaders from other organisations, who would be interested in:

  • speaking on the HCfE modules and programmes to share personal experiences
  • mentoring students who are serious about starting up a business
  • offering work experience or consultancy projects for students

Within the University of Reading the HCfE modules are developed in collaboration with Research Services and the Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC).

If you are interested in partnering with us in teaching students and sharing your experience, please contact Jurek Sikorski at jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk

International Collaboration

HCfE offer oppurtunities for students to collaborate entrepreneurship projects overseas. Most notable is the partnership with the Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland, a longstanding agreement for an annual trip where approximately 40 Henley Business School students travel out to Wroclaw to work alongside students from Wroclaw University of Economics and help Wroclaw-based start-ups develop their route to market. The purpose of the trip is to tie together the theoretical skills required for analysis and creative thinking with the personal skills required for engaging with fellow team members and entrepreneurs.

Magdalena Filcek, one of the workshop’s attendees and founder of Wroclaw-based start-up business Balonodrom, said: “I got wonderful feedback from attending the Henley Business School workshops in Wroclaw. I have new ideas where my project could be implemented and will look for opportunities to implement it.”