In this post, we would like to list 5 online courses that tackles different aspects of starting up businesses in different fields. Choose what suits you, whether you are a social entrepreneur, creating a tech startup, or currently trying to figure out how to better understand your customers and reach a product/market fit
1. How to Build a Startup through Customer Development Process
In this course, Steve Blank provides an introduction to the basics of his famous Customer Development Process. Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician. He created the Customer Development methodology in the mid 1990s. The concept details a scientific approach that can be applied by startups and entrepreneurs to improve their products success by developing a better understanding of their consumers. In this one-month long online course, you will learn how to talk to customers, build a Business Model Canvas, prototype your product and pitch to coaches.
2. Becoming Social Entrepreneurs
A number of new models of business can be built on idea such as corporate responsibility, philanthropy, shared value and sustainability. Profits and stakeholder value go together, and this course explains how. In this one-month long online course by R. Edward Freeman, you will be discussing the emergence of a new story about business. This new story locates business within a societal framework.
3. Raising Funds for your Startup
This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure funding for their company. It should help you 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. This one-month long online course is delivered by Michael R. Pratt from Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute
4. Building Technology Startups
5. Surviving Disruptive Technologies
The purpose of this course is to help individuals and organizations survive when confronted with disruptive technologies that threaten their current way of life. This course gives examples of companies that have not survived, such as Kodak and Blockbuster. It then highlights the reasons for the decline of firms and industries. Participants can begin to understand how to keep the same thing from happening to them.