Right Places to Learn Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is the complete process of planning, designing, launching, and running new businesses, which are often initially small. The people who create these businesses are called entrepreneurs. It has been described as the “capacity and the willingness to develop, manage, and organize the particular business venture along with all the risks that are involved in order to make a profit.”
A commitment to lifelong learning should be at the topmost priority of all entrepreneurs’ minds. After all, it’s one of the most commonly seen traits among ultra-successful entrepreneurs. So, as you prepare to become a successful entrepreneur, here is a specially curated list of the best online courses for the aspiring entrepreneurs this year.
Y Combinator’s Startup School
Y Combinator is Silicon Valley’s most successful and famous startup accelerator. It offers a 10-week online course that covers in-depth topics most interesting to high-growth startup founders. Instructors include the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Paul Graham, Sam Altman, and Drew Houston. This course is best for a pair of founders in a garage working on the next Google.
Babson College’s ‘Entrepreneurial Operations: Launching a Startup’
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the finest university in the world for entrepreneurship, Babson College takes its best and brightest online in this amazing course. Topics include: exploring your venture’s value chain, mitigating potential operational risks, and how to successfully launch a startup. This one is perfect if you are a serial founder who wants more structure.
Steve Blank’s ‘How to Build a Startup’
Steve Blank is the grandfather of the Lean Startup method, having taught Eric Reis, the author of The Lean Startup. In this month-long, free online course, Blank teaches how to rapidly develop and test ideas by gathering massive amounts of customer and marketplace feedback. If you want to understand the why, not just the how, this one for you.
Eric Reis’s ‘The Lean Startup’
Speaking of Eric Reis, the author takes his approach (now featured at Harvard Business School) online with this short seminar. Students quickly get up to speed on the methodology that changed how startups launch. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to start a high-growth venture.
Ryerson’s ‘100 Steps 2 Startup’
My university generates more small business owners and startup founders than any other school in Canada, and you can spend three years translating the process into more than 10 hours of video and exercises The course is created as “100 Steps 2 Startup,” which breaks starting a simple and basic business into 100 explicit actionable micro-steps from ideation to revenue generation to product-market fit.
Hopefully, you can register yourself with these courses and develop one yourself when you become a fine entrepreneur.