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I received this welcome letter today from Dr. James V. Green my instructor for the course on, Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship, which I have included below for your review.

Now this is a true college level business course requiring a time commitment of 5-7 hours per week for six weeks. There are reading requirements, video lectures, online discussion groups, and quizzes at the end of each weeks’ session. We also formed a local study group which will meet once a week to discuss each weeks’ syllabus and the previous week’s reading & online lectures. We will meet at SoBeCoWorks starting at Monday 8/18 6:30PM-8:00PM and continuing for six weeks except for Labor Day.

Now if you’ve never participated in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) please consider stopping by SoBeCoWorks for a free orientation on how to join in on this great #FreeEducation opportunity. Simply give us a call or send in a comment via our “Contact Form” below and simply ask to speak with a CoWorking Host about MOOC. Our host will be happy to give you a free orientation on how to participate in these great free educational opportunities offered by so many top level universities.

The Welcome Letter

Santiago Rivera,
The latest information from Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship by University of Maryland, College Park on Coursera. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies is now live and all features are active. We are excited that you are joining us for this journey into innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our approach for the course is to:
1. Explore how to identify and develop great ideas into great companies;
2. Examine how to identify opportunities based on real customer needs; and
3. Discuss methods for developing solid business models for the creation of successful companies.

Our format consists of 5 to 10 video lectures per week for the 6 week session. Weekly assignments provide you with opportunities to integrate and apply learnings from that week’s content; feel free to work ahead and complete deliverables early.

This course assists aspiring entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies. With strong economies presenting rich opportunities for new venture creation, and challenging economic times presenting the necessity for many to make their own job, the need to develop the skills to develop and act on innovative business opportunities is increasingly vital. Using proven content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, you will learn how to identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities. Entrepreneurial mindset, strategic decision making, and business modeling are core elements of the course. The initial steps to creating a business plan, and raising financial capital to launch the firm, are examined as well. Our goal is to demystify the startup process, and to help you build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities now, and in the future.

The syllabus is a great guide for the course. The discussion forums are also incredibly valuable to stay current on the course and to connect with your classmates based on business ideas, industry interests, geographic interests and other topics.

Our text for the course is the “The Opportunity Analysis Canvas – Second Edition” by James V. Green. It is available as an ebook.

This week’s lectures include:

* Welcome
* Course overview
* What is entrepreneurship?
* Who is an entrepreneur?
* Entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation
* The world’s most innovative companies
* Types of innovations
* Entrepreneurs and strategic decisions
* The opportunity analysis canvas

This week’s assignments are

* Assignment 1A: Opening Survey (posted within Surveys) and
* Assignment 1B: Entrepreneurial Perspective (posted within Weekly Assignments).

Thank you for joining us, and please review the Syllabus now to see what is in store for our course.

Sincerely,

James

Dr. James V. Green
Director of Entrepreneurship Education
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
University of Maryland
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