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Business PlanningFinancial TechnologyEntrepreneurshipDesign Thinking
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Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

4 hours to complete

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

4 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 82 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
16 videos
Course Overview7m
Introduction to Week 14m
What is Entrepreneurship?7m
Entrepreneurship vs Startup4m
Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets4m
Where Do Ideas Come From?5m
Phases of a Startup: Seed to Early Stage Startup5m
Phases of a Startup: Growth to Maturity or Exit2m
How Did Yoco Start?6m
What Was the Evolution of Yoco?2m
How Did Zlto Start?5m
Creating a Startup in an Emerging Market4m
How did Kuba start?5m
Creating a Startup in an Emerging Market5m
What Does a Normal Wednedsay Look Like?5m
7 readings
How This Course Works5m
Meet the Presenters5m
Meet Proof of Steak: An Agricultural Blockchain-Based Startup |Case Study10m
The Yoco Case Study10m
The Zlto case study10m
The Kuba Case Study10m
Week 1 Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Myth or Fact? - Mythbusting Entrepreneurship8m
Practice Quiz: Demystifying Entrepreneurship14m
Practice Quiz: Phases of a Startup10m
Week 1: Foundations of Entrepreneurship20m
Practice Quiz: Entrepreneurship Case Studies12m

Week 2

5 hours to complete

The Prestartup Phases

5 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 87 min), 3 readings, 5 quizzes
17 videos
People, Process and Place6m
Design Thinking Mindset5m
Problem Finding5m
Problem Solving5m
Design Thinking, Lean and Agile5m
Design Thinking Tools and Methods6m
Proof of Steak: Lean-startup and Design Thinking Approach6m
Types of Innovation2m
Business Planning Tools5m
Business Model Canvas4m
What makes a good business plan?8m
Designing for Yoco’s customers4m
Yoco’s business planning2m
Zlto’s Design Thinking Processes5m
Zlto's Business Planning59s
Kuba's Design Thinking and Business Planning Approaches5m
3 readings
Proof of Steak: Business Model Canvas10m
Week 2 Resources10m
Heads Up: Preparing for Your Week 4 Course Assignment10m
4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Design Thinking14m
Practice Quiz: Business Planning12m
Week 2: Prestartup Phase20m
Practice Quiz: Prestartup Case Studies10m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Startup

3 hours to complete
18 videos (Total 112 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
18 videos
Disrupting and Innovating Financial Services5m
Why Do Startups Need Regulation?8m
The Emerging Landscape of Fintech Regulation8m
Navigating Existing Fintech Regulation7m
Setting up the Legal Structures of Your Startup7m
How Do We Regulate Technology?10m
The Legal Side of Funding7m
Does Your Startup Need Money?2m
Funding Rounds6m
Funding Types5m
What is Venture Capital? - Newtown Partners6m
Yoco's Legal Considerations9m
Yoco's Funding8m
Zlto's Legal Considerations1m
Zlto's Funding3m
Kuba's Legal Considerations3m
Kuba's Funding7m
2 readings
Meet Aerobotics - A Drone Agricultural Disease Monitoring System | Case Study13m
Week 3 Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Regulation and Legal Considerations6m
Practice Quiz: Funding
Week 3: Startup Phase20m
Practice Quiz: Startup Case Studies10m

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Support for Growth and Scale

5 hours to complete
18 videos (Total 99 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
18 videos
Getting support to grow1m
Mentorship for Startups4m
Co-working spaces for Startups3m
Rise Africa - a fintech coworking space12m
Networking for Startups4m
Emotional Support for Startups2m
Learning and Development for Startups2m
Advisory Services for startups1m
What Skills Do You Need to Be an Entrepreneur?6m
Advice on Entrepreneurship6m
Andrew Bailey Gives Advice for Startups7m
Camilla Swart Gives Advice for Startups10m
How is Yoco scaling?6m
How is Zlto scaling?3m
How is Kuba scaling?2m
Custos media technologies' startup journey | Case study8m
Luno's startup journey | Case study12m
1 reading
Week 4 Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Support Your Startup for Growth8m
Practice Quiz: Scale Case Studies6m

About the Fintech Startups in Emerging Markets Specialization

The University of Cape Town’s specialization will give aspiring entrepreneurs the tools to understand the technological innovations and challenges the financial services industry faces in the emerging market context. The specialization covers foundations of the changing financial regulations, new technological applications like blockchain or artificial intelligence and design thinking for startups in emerging markets. Through real-world case studies, you will see how this technology can unlock growth and spur innovation and will understand the specific emerging economies environment within which innovation can take place. This specialization is particularly suited for entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn how they can harness the power of fintech or technology in an emerging market. You will work on a business plan for your own fintech or tech-based startup idea in the capstone project comprising a business model canvas and pitch. This allows aspiring entrepreneurs to take a tangible step towards launching their own startup. Watch the course trailer...
Fintech Startups in Emerging Markets

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