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Do you have an exciting idea or want to start your own business? EdX has a number of business courses designed to help you tackle the key challenges of launching a startup. Take online courses from Harvard, MIT and other top schools on everything from idea creation and market research to developing a pitch and obtaining venture capital.

New Business Ideas & How to Test Them

Links to Entrepreneurial Opportunities Course

How do you know if your new or innovative concept is going to work? You may feel very strongly about your business, but that is rarely enough to convince a venture capitalist to give you money. Your idea needs to be vetted through extensive research on the market and the competition. If you’re developing a product, has a prototype been tested? How much is someone willing to pay for your product or service? If others have tried and failed at this idea in the past, how is your approach different? These and many more questions need to be addressed before you greenlight an idea and step into a room with a potential investor. Entrepreneurial Opportunities, a free online course from the University of Adelaide, will help you through the process of evaluating your business idea. This short, 5-week course is essential for anyone interested in the right tools and framework for thinking about entrepreneurial ideas.

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Innovation & Startup Success

MITx User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship, Self-Paced

Innovation and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. New problems arise and entrepreneurs develop new ways to solve them using technology, creativity and ingenuity. In the course, User Innovation: A Path to Entrepreneurship, Professor Eric von Hippel of MIT’s Sloan School of Management will show you how so many successful businesses were started by someone who developed an innovative solution to a simple or age-old problem. The free, six-week course is essential for anyone needing help finding an idea for a business. Problems and challenges surround us and this course shows you a framework for identifying which ones have the potential for a marketable solution.

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What is innovation? When you think about innovation, you may think of a smartphone, eBay, iTunes or Facebook. However, these innovations stemmed from more fundamental innovations such as transistors or integrated circuits and pipelines that were put in place to help innovators. In this course from MIT, The Iterative Innovation Process, you’ll learn to think like an innovator and approach innovation as a process as you work to understand the language and sources of innovation.

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Launch a Technology Company

Links to Startup Success: How to Launch a Technology Company in 6 Steps course

Technology is the key to making vertical leaps forward. Advancements in technology result in whole new ways of doing things that previous generations never thought possible. In Startup Success: How to Launch a Technology Startup in 6 Steps, serial entrepreneurs Michael Stonebraker and Andy Palmer discuss unique issues surrounding tech startups, including intellectual property management, recruiting tech talent and developing software products. Review in-depth case studies and get important guidance on how to build a strong team, acquire customers and approach VCs. The three-week intensive course from MIT is an essential tool for tech entrepreneurs embarking on their first venture.

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Find many more courses on launching a startup, entrepreneurship and new venture creation on edX.org.


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