Eleven FREE online courses to start-up your own business

Eleven FREE online courses to start-up your own business

Although creating your own business is not the typical career path, it is not an impossible quest, and it can be personally and financially highly rewarding. The Internet is full of free and high-quality resources which can help you to develop your business idea. Here, we have selected the more complete courses and better rated by students. The classes have been created by some of the most influential universities and business schools in the world, such as Stanford University or HEC Business School.

Free online course entrepreneurship

1. Entrepreneurship and Family Business

The course is divided into four 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.
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours per week
Institution: RMIT University
Language: English

 

2. Entrepreneurship Strategy: From Ideation to Exit

This course covers in the chronological order each defining step of an entrepreneurial project. It begins with very personal considerations related to getting to know yourself better to decide if you are ready for the multiple challenges of entrepreneurship. It then deals with creativity to provide the right set of tools to find an idea with the right potential to disrupt an existing business.
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours per week
Institution: HEC Paris
Language: English (Subtitles: French)

 

3. Becoming an Entrepreneur

Learn the business skills and start-up mindset needed to embark on your entrepreneurial path from the premier program for aspiring entrepreneurs, MIT Launch.
Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 1-3 hours per week
Institution: MITx
Language: English

 

4. How to Build a Start-up

The main idea in this course is learning how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. Building a start-up is not merely creating an execution plan for a business model that the entrepreneur thinks will work, but rather, a search for the actual business model itself.
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 1-3 hours per week
Institution: Udacity
Language: English

 

5. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

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 do their job, the need to develop the skills to create and act on innovative business opportunities is increasingly vital.
Length: 2-3 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours per week
Institution: Coursera – University of Maryland
Language: English (Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese)

 

6. Startup School

Startup School is a free online course for founders actively pursuing their startup.
Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 5 – 10 hours per week
Institution: Startup School
Language: English

 

7. How to Start a Startup

Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments will all be available here. There will be 20 videos, some with a speaker or two and some with a small panel. It’ll be 1,000 minutes of content if you watch it all. CS183B is a class we’re teaching at Stanford.
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 5 hours per week
Institution: Stanford University and Y Combinator
Language: English

 

8. Entrepreneurship 2: Launching your Start-Up

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to create a strategy for launch, including knowing who you need to hire, how to manage them to provide the highest value, and what legal aspects are involved.
Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours per week
Institution: edX
Language: English

 

9. Entrepreneurship for Engineers

Are you an entrepreneur, or do you have a passion for building your technology startup? This course will help and encourage you to start a successful technology-based venture.
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 1-3 hours per week
Institution: Delft University of Technology
Language: English

 

10. Entrepreneurship for Global Challenges in Emerging Markets

This course will introduce you to entrepreneurship for global challenges in emerging markets. You will get to know other like-minded entrepreneurs around you and discover how institutions in your target region are working on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours per week
Institution: Delft University of Technology
Language: English

 

11. Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

A successful business begins with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.
Length: 2 weeks
Effort: 2 hours per week
Institution: University of Leeds – Future Learn
Language: English
 

Finally, if you have a business idea, the partnership encourages you to take any of the above courses to start your entrepreneur journey. The SEAMAP Project partnership is currently developing training materials for entrepreneurs in the maritime sector, or so-called Blue Sector. Follow us on social networks to get updates on the project activities, partners and results.

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