About this Specialization

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Develop your entrepreneurial mindset and skill sets, learn how to bring innovations to market, and craft a business model to successfully launch your new business. The Entrepreneurship Specialization examines the entrepreneurial mindset and skill sets, indicators of innovation opportunities, critical steps to bring innovations to the marketplace, and innovation strategies to establish and maintain a competitive advantage. Fundamentals of new venture financing are explored with attention to capital structures for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. You will develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to ‘get to the close’. In the final Capstone Project, you will apply the tools and concepts from the specialization courses by crafting a comprehensive, customer-validated business model, and creating a business plan and investor pitch.
Learner Career Outcomes
83%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
43%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese
Learner Career Outcomes
83%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
43%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

4.7
stars
735 ratings
178 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace

4.5
stars
427 ratings
85 reviews
Course3

Course 3

New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs

4.6
stars
289 ratings
75 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Entrepreneurship Capstone

4.6
stars
113 ratings
23 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more. Online Degrees and Mastertrack™ Certificates on Coursera provide the opportunity to earn university credit.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in four months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • The Entrepreneurship Specialization is designed for those interested in learning how to launch an innovative business, and does not require a background in business or any specific area. A desire to build your knowledge and capabilities are the only requirements for entry. Beginning with Coursera’s “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Ventures: The First Step in Entrepreneurship” is highly recommended.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, beginning with Coursera’s “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Ventures: The First Step in Entrepreneurship,” as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • When you complete the Entrepreneurship Specialization, you will have the skills to launch an innovative business. Each student in the specialization will generate and validate an innovative new venture concept. Students will be able to build a comprehensive, customer-validated business model. Applying knowledge from the innovation and new venture financing courses will enable students to create a business plan and investor pitch in the Capstone. Eligible students completing any one of the courses in the Specialization are invited to continue their entrepreneurial journey with a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Maryland’s Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship, a 100% online degree program. Learn more at http://mte.umd.edu.

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