About this course: Whether your interest lies in solving the world’s biggest problems, creating the next commercial success or addressing something closer to home, this course will give you a toolbox to vet your ideas and test them in the real world.
Created by:The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Taught by:Buck Goldstein, University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice
Taught by:Holden Thorp, Provost and Professor of Chemistry and Medicine
English, Subtitles: Spanish
How To Pass
Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.
We start at the beginning with your big idea and where it comes from: your everyday experience
and known sources of innovation as described by Peter Drucker.
8 videos, 1 reading
Graded: Week 1 Quiz
This second phase of the entrepreneurial lifecycle encourages you to take the big idea you’ve
thought about and solicit feedback from the people whose problems you’re trying to solve.
Graded: Week 2 Quiz
Strategy, the art and science of being different than your competition, is the next element we introduce,
based on Michael Porter’s work.
Graded: Week 3 Quiz
In this module, we coach you on continuing to refine your big idea and beginning to
communicate it clearly to a wider audience.
Graded: Week 4 Quiz
To make your big idea into a reality, you’ll need the personal, professional, and financial
resources we discuss in this module.
Graded: Week 5 Quiz
This final step of the entrepreneurial lifecycle outlines a method to continue thinking, listening,
planning, clarifying, and supporting your big idea.
Graded: Week 6 Quiz
Peer Assessment (Optional)
Create a pitch for your Big Idea, then give and receive feedback.
6 videos, 2 readings
Reverse Pitches (Optional)
In these optional videos, experts from UNC Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis offered
their insider perspectives on a number of pressing problems that present unprecedented opportunities
for meaningful innovation.
9 videos, 1 reading
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How It Works
Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes and projects.
Help from Your Peers
Connect with thousands of other learners and debate ideas, discuss course material,
and get help mastering concepts.
Earn official recognition for your work, and share your success with friends,
colleagues, and employers.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is known around the world for innovative teaching and research. Regularly ranked as the nation’s best value for academic quality, UNC has produced the most Rhodes Scholars for the past 25 years among U.S. public research universities.