Exploring Entrepreneurship & Innovation

A 21st-Century Education Course

$349.00 for 1 year

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Exploring Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Students hear a lot of contradictory advice in life. On the one hand, they may hear something like “Follow your dreams. Pursue your passion and the money will come!” On the other hand, they may hear something completely opposite, like “Most startups fail! It’s much safer to get a safe, steady job.” So which side is right? Given the massive changes to the economy and society, the skills of entrepreneurship are going to be critical in building a lasting career. The entrepreneurial mindset of searching for opportunities, creating value, and solving pain points will always be valuable. And this mindset applies not just to start a business, but in any organization that someone is a part of, including school, established companies, or non-profits. In this course, students will explore how to use this mindset to create the next world-class startup.

What You’ll Learn

Associated Careers

  • What entrepreneurship means and what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • The benefits of entrepreneurship and startups as a career path, as well as common mistakes and misconceptions.
  • What a minimum viable product (MVP) is.
  • Key business model terms such as B2B, B2C, and others.
  • Product/market fit and different ways for evaluating product/market fit of a business idea.
  • The tools and methods used to analyze competitors and competing products/solutions.
  • and much more…
  • Anything you want to do!

What You’ll Create

Associated 21st-Century Skills

  • Evaluations of the pros and cons of traditional sources of funding for a startup, including self-funding, family/friends, loans, venture capital)
  • Marketing comparisons of the challenges of marketing a startup versus marketing established products.
  • Key components of a startup pitch deck (problem/solution, vision, timing, financials, total addressable market, competition, uses of funds)
  • Discussions about the forms of raising capital, such as incubators, accelerators, and crowdfunding.
  • Reports of the social/impact/non-profit entrepreneurship and ventures.
  • Differentiations between the serial entrepreneur and the entrepreneur focused on building a lifetime company.
  • And more…
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Self-discipline
  • Perseverance
  • Problem-solving and identifying
  • Aptitude & Awareness
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • and much more…

 

System/Equipment Requirements

  • A general word processing program (Word, Google Doc, etc.)