About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
You will work on a business plan for either their 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.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee.
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Can I take the course for free?
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.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The four courses makes up 16 weeks of learning. It is ideal to set aside 3-5 hours per week to sufficiently engage with the content and course activities.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No background knowledge is necessary as we cover the basics of financial regulation, blockchain technology and entrepreneurship.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
While you can take the courses in any order, It would be ideal to first take Fintech Regulation, How Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets can master the Blockchain Technology, Building Fintech Startups and then the Capstone Course, Start Up Your Fintech Future. The Capstone courses assumes you have completed the first three courses listed.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
You will not earn university credit for completing this specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to develop a business model canvas and pitch, which you can use to start up your own fintech or tech business. You gain the knowledge and be equipped with a toolkit to start your entrepreneurial journey.
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