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The following courses have been selected to help you start your own business. Although many are part of Learning Pathways offered by the platform delivering the courses, each individual course can still be accessed for free. If you wish to gain a Certificate, you'll need to pay a fee and complete and pass the course.

The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen

Newcastle University
On this course, you’ll meet a whole bunch of thinkers and doers; those just starting out, makers, tinkerers and experienced entrepreneurs. Sharing your ideas with them and other learners will encourage you to have more confidence, to think more, and to do more to create change and solve problems in your world.
Free
TBA
FutureLearn


Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity
University of Leeds
This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.
A successful business starts with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider your vision and explore the opportunities available. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.
Free
Scheduled
FutureLearn


Starting a Business 2: People and Networks
University of Leeds
This course is the second in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.
A successful business relies heavily on people and networking. A good team and wider network is essential to success and growth. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise the people who can help you take your business forward. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.
Free
Scheduled
FutureLearn


Starting a Business 3: Customers and Competitors
University of Leeds
This course is the third in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.
To run a successful business you need to understand who your customers are and importantly, how you are going to reach them. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise and understand your target market. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.
Free
Scheduled
FutureLearn


Starting a Business 4: Business Processes
University of Leeds
This course is the fourth in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

A successful business relies on processes and information systems; it is important that an entrepreneur pays close attention to how their business works and how performance can be improved so that they are in a position to take it forward and manage growth. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider how to grow your business. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.
Free
Scheduled
FutureLearn


Starting a Business 5: Managing Finances
University of Leeds
This course is the fifth in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

The management of finances is crucial to a successful business; financial information provides the evidence to support your decisions about a business and helps to justify those decisions when you present them to other people. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you manage your finances and provide relevant and timely information. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.
Free
Scheduled
FutureLearn


Starting a Business 6: Funding Your Business
University of Leeds
This course is the final course in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.
A successful business requires funding to get it started. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal such as personal savings and borrowing, borrowing from friends and family, to the more formal avenues like bank loans, raising equity to crowd-funding. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider the finance options available for your business. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.
Free
Scheduled
FutureLearn


Becoming an Entrepreneur
MIT
Curious about entrepreneurship, but not sure where to start? Learn from MIT’s entrepreneurship program, MIT Launch, which is geared toward high school and college students, but applicable to budding entrepreneurs of any age. In just six weeks, build the mindset and acquire the tools, skills and knowledge to start your own venture.
Free
Scheduled
edX


Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Berklee
Creativity & Entrepreneurship will help you tap into your inner creativity and learn how to leverage it for career development or business innovation. Presented by Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship founder Panos Panay, this course features interviews with world renown entrepreneurs, innovators, songwriters, producers, creative directors, educators, performers, visual artists and chefs as they discuss parallels between the creative and entrepreneurial journeys.
Free
Open Course
edX


Cracking the Creativity Code: Discovering Ideas
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Part of a 4-course series, the Startup Entrepreneurship Specialization
Skill at discovering new ideas, and delivering them, may be one of the most important practical job skills, in today’s and tomorrow’s job market. Creativity is an acquired skill, one that improves with practice. This course aims to empower individuals who believe they have lost their innate creativity, because they, their employers or teachers prefer the three R's: replication, repetition and rote, to innovation. We show how to re-ignite rusty creative powers.
Free
On demand
Coursera


Developing An Entrepreneurial Mindset: First Step Towards Success
Michigan State University
Part of a 6-course series, the How to Start Your Own Business Specialization
This course is the first in a series on starting a business. Though new venture creation is the focus of the specialization, this course is important for everyone. It provides learners with insights to reframe their thinking in order to maximize their chances for success. Whether success is defined by the performance of their own venture, or by their performance within someone else’s venture. The course is as much, if not more about fulfilling one's potential as it is about one starting a business.
Free
On demand
Coursera


The Search for Great Ideas: Harnessing creativity to empower innovation
Michigan State University
Part of a 6-course series, the How to Start Your Own Business Specialization
Where do great business ideas come from? We all have compelling business concepts that we've been thinking about for years. In this course we will explore how to use observational tools and other techniques for idea generation and we will talk about how to evaluate the good ideas from the bad. The goal is to settle on a business idea that you are not only passionate about but also has real market application.
Free
Scheduled
Coursera


Planning: Principled, Proposing, Proofing, and Practicing to a Success Plan
Michigan State University
Part of a 6-course series, the How to Start Your Own Business Specialization
The days of the 40 page business plan have certainly passed, but the role of planning in the business creation process is one of extreme importance. In this course we will explore the important components that you need to explore in detail prior to business creation. Action without planning is a recipe for disaster and we will make sure you have a rock solid foundation for future actions.
Free
Scheduled
Coursera


Structure: Building the Frame for Business Growth
Michigan State University
Part of a 6-course series, the How to Start Your Own Business Specialization
Just like when building a house the foundation for your business provides the framework for success. A business built on weak structure will struggle to succeed. We'll address some of the most pressing issues that you as a business owner must face while constructing the proper framework for your business.
Free
Scheduled
Coursera


Launch Strategy: 5 Steps to Capstone Experience
Michigan State University
Part of a 6-course series, the How to Start Your Own Business Specialization
Action without strategy is a recipe for disaster. In this course we will help you develop rock solid strategies for all of the moving parts you will be addressing as a new small business owner. From finance to marketing you need to get an action plan in place.
Free
Scheduled
Coursera


Entrepreneurial Opportunities
University of Adelaide
This business course will show you how to apply entrepreneurial thinking and provide you with the tools and frameworks to successfully identify and evaluate business opportunities and ideas.
Starting with an overview of the entrepreneurial process, you will identify what constitutes exceptional business opportunities and understand how to evaluate their underlying characteristics. You’ll consider the dimensions that affect decision-making about new business ideas and put key decisions to the test on your own business ideas. You’ll learn how to gauge the quality of your business idea or opportunity and assess the ability of the team you bring together to execute the venture.
Free
Scheduled
edX


Entrepreneurship and Family Business (Entp)
RMIT University
The course is divided into 4 modules, ‘Who is an Entrepreneur’, ‘Managing the Entrepreneurial Process’, 'Entrepreneurial Enterprises’ and ‘Family Business’. Each module is designed to explore and expand on key elements, assumptions and processes that are essential to the success of a business. Each module builds on the other, eventually painting an integrated picture of the commercial world, and highlighting the strategies that need to be applied to succeed in that world.
Free
Scheduled
Open2Study


How to Build a Startup
The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Many startups fail by not validating their ideas early on with real-life customers. In order to mitigate that, students will learn how to get out of the building and search for the real pain points and unmet needs of customers. Only with these can the entrepreneur find a proper solution and establish a suitable business model.
Free
On demand
Udacity


Introduction to Enterprise Architecture (EntrArch)
Enterprise Architects
Delve into Enterprise Architecture & gain an understanding of the tools & techniques for the design of business. The course is highly relevant to those of you who are looking to increases your skills in designing businesses for the future. If you are looking to design your business to be more effective, part of an architecture team looking to improvement opportunities, or an individual looking to increase your skills to make you more marketable, this course is relevant for you.
Free
Scheduled
Open2Study


Introduction to Venture Capital: How to Get Money for your Startup
RWTH Aachen University
Introduction to Venture Capital will teach you how to get the money needed to run your startup. You will learn who venture capitalists are, how they think and gain an understanding of their motives, investment strategies, and what they’ll expect from you.
Free
Open course
edX


Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact
+Acumen
This course is appropriate for anyone who wants to try out lean methodologies to start a new enterprise or building a new program or initiative within an existing organization. The lean approach relies on validated learning, experimentation, and iterative product releases to shorten product development cycles, measure progress, and gain valuable customer feedback. In an environment where the majority of startups fail, lean principles aim to give startups a better chance of success by helping entrepreneurs learn more quickly what works and discard what doesn't.
Free
Scheduled
NovoEd
 
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