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Suggested: 2-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Think

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 57 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
The Unexpected9m
Incongruities8m
Process Need4m
Industry and Market Structures 6m
Demographics, Changes in Perception, and New Knowledge10m
Desh Deshpande: Introduction, Big Idea, and Advice to Himself 2m
Jud Bowman: Introduction, Entrepreneurial Traits, and Challenges4m
1 reading
Guest Entrepreneur Bios10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz26m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Listen

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 69 min)
11 videos
The Importance of the Listening Phase 7m
The Purpose of a Business2m
Setting Up Customer Meetings5m
Running Customer Meetings3m
Your Total Product 6m
Listening to Suppliers7m
Conclusion4m
Jud Bowman: Cold-calling and Listening for a Customer's Problem1m
Desh Deshpande: Talking to Customers6m
Shazi Visram: Introduction and Listening to Customers19m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz26m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Plan

1 hour to complete
10 videos (Total 43 min)
10 videos
What is Strategy?6m
Porter's Five Forces 5m
Bargaining Power of Buyers, Supplier Substitutes, and Rivalry4m
Conducting a SWOT Analysis7m
Strategic Positioning6m
Conclusion1m
Jud Bowman: Risk-Taking Behavior1m
Desh Deshpande: Planning Cascade Communications6m
Shazi Visram: Advice to Her Younger Self 1m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz24m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Clarify

1 hour to complete
12 videos (Total 49 min)
12 videos
Creating Fit & a Business Model4m
Introducing the Business Model Canvas3m
Customer Segments2m
Channels6m
Revenue Streams4m
Key Partnerships4m
Your Elevator Pitch8m
Conclusion1m
Jud Bowman: Avoiding Crisis Mode2m
Desh Deshpande: What is a Successful Elevator Pitch?4m
Shazi Visram: Control in Her Venture2m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz22m
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Top reviews from What’s Your Big Idea?

By PGApr 11th 2018

Very practical course with clear information to go from the idea to the launch of the business or project. Thanks for all that you gave us, it was very useful.

By JNFeb 26th 2017

Anybody that has a big idea or wants to start a business, would benefit from this course.\n\nIt's well presented and the content is spot on.

Instructors

Image of instructor, Professor Buck  Goldstein

Professor Buck Goldstein 

University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice
Economics
14,326 Learners
1 Course
Image of instructor, Dr. Holden Thorp, PhD

Dr. Holden Thorp, PhD  

Provost and Professor of Chemistry and Medicine
Chemistry
14,326 Learners
1 Course

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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