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Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business Specialization

Identify, Analyze, and Launch Your Startup

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  • Specialization via Coursera and University of Maryland, College Park
  • $196 for 2-4 months
  • 3-5 hours a week of effort
  • 3 courses + capstone project
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Title
Entrepreneurship: Launching an Innovative Business
Rating
★★★★☆ (1 Review)
Overview
Build your skills to develop great ideas into great companies
Credential Type
Provider
Cost
$196
Effort
3-5 hours a week
Duration
2-4 months

Develop your entrepreneurial mindset and skill sets, learn how to bring innovations to market, and craft a business model to successfully launch your new business. The Entrepreneurship Specialization examines the entrepreneurial mindset and skill sets, indicators of innovation opportunities, critical steps to bring innovations to the marketplace, and innovation strategies to establish and maintain a competitive advantage. Fundamentals of new venture financing are explored with attention to capital structures for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. You will develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to ‘get to the close’. In the final Capstone Project, you will apply the tools and concepts from the specialization courses by crafting a comprehensive, customer-validated business model, and creating a business plan and investor pitch.

Incentives & Benefits

When you complete the Entrepreneurship Specialization, you will have the skills to launch an innovative business. Each student in the Specialization will generate and validate an innovative new venture concept. Students will be able to build a comprehensive, customer-validated business model. Applying knowledge from the innovation and new venture financing courses will enable students to create a business plan and investor pitch in the Capstone.
Eligible students completing any one of the courses in the Specialization are invited to continue their entrepreneurial journey with a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Maryland’s Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship, a 100% online degree program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu.

What You'll Learn

  • Enhance your entrepreneurial mindset and develop your functional skill sets to think, see, and act entrepreneurially
  • Establish a framework for examining the innovation process, and explore how to successfully bring innovations to market
  • Understand how to secure funding, including creating a winning investor pitch
  • Develop a comprehensive, customer-validated business model for your new venture

Recommended Background

    ★★★★☆ (35) 4 weeks 11th Dec, 2017
    This course assists aspiring and active entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies. With strong economies presenting rich opportunities for new venture creation, and challenging economic times presenting the necessity for many to make their own job, the need to develop the skills to develop and act on innovative business opportunities is increasingly vital. Using proven content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, you will learn how to: * Identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities; * Enhance your entrepreneurial mindset; * Improve your strategic decision-making; and * Build innovative business models. Our goal is to demystify the startup process, and to help you build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities now, and in the future. With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative, 100% online program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu/landing.
    ★★★☆☆ (10) 5 weeks 11th Dec, 2017
    Develop insights on navigating the innovation process from idea generation to commercialization. Build knowledge on how to create strategies to bring innovations to market. Develop an innovation portfolio and business model canvas for your venture. We establish a framework for examining the innovation process, and quickly transition into exploring how to successfully bring innovations to market. Key questions answered within the course include: * What are the key indicators of innovation opportunities? * What steps are critical for entrepreneurs to bring innovations to the marketplace? * What innovation strategies are valuable for new ventures to establish and maintain a competitive advantage? With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative, 100% online program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu/landing.
    ★★★★★ (9) 4 weeks 11th Dec, 2017
    This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company. This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding. Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. Learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. Develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes that limit the effectiveness of the pitch, and how to ‘get to the close’. Key questions answered within the course include: * When to raise outside capital? * What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them? * What are your fundraising options? * What are the key components of the term sheet? * How to perform company valuations? * How to pitch to investors? * What techniques help the entrepreneur ‘get to the close’? With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu/landing.
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 6 weeks 11th Dec, 2017
    Integrate the tools and concepts from the specialization courses to develop a comprehensive business plan. Choose to enhance new venture concepts previously explored in specialization courses, or develop a new concept for this capstone project. Develop a comprehensive, customer-validated business model and create an investor pitch for the concept. With this course, students experience a sampling of the ideas and techniques explored in the University of Maryland's master's degree in technology entrepreneurship, an innovative 100% online program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu.

    1 Review.

    Name
    Mohit Goenka
    Job
    Senior software development engineer and product manager
    Field of study
    Computer science
    Education
    Masters Degree
    completed this credential in Apr 2015.

    The course material was very good

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