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SoMNSourceLink: MOOC’s Provide Free Learning Opportunities

Published Sep 10, 2013
Things are changing in higher education just like everything else on the planet, due to the internet allowing connectivity for people any time, any where.  A number of college-level courses are now available for anyone to enroll in, free, online.  These courses are known as MOOC’s, which stands for Massive Open Online Course. 

MOOC’s allow access to great courses and an environment where you can collaborate in teams and on exciting projects.  Several colleagues of mine took a course on entrepreneurship under the name Venture Lab last year, and remarked about how interesting and top-notch the content was. Over the past several years, MOOC’s have proliferated.  More presentations, business models, videos, and a number of companies around the world have been created.  The founder and CEO of NovoEd, Amin Saberi, who is also Associate Professor and 3COM faculty scholar at Stanford University, forwarded the following information on an entrepreneurship curriculum in partnership with a number of universities and institutions. The initial 10-15 courses cover essential entrepreneurship topics, including how to start and grow a venture, how to secure funding and how to be a CEO.  

You can see the list of courses at the end of this article or at


Technology Entrepreneurship Part 1, by Chuck Eesley, Stanford University

Financing New Ventures, by Stephanie Marrus and Naeem Zafar, University of California San Francisco

Opportunity and Entrepreneurship, by Dennis Ceru, Babson Global

Financial Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ideas, by Shahid Ansari and Janice Bell, Babson Global

Lead Like an Entrepreneur, by David Bradford and Allan Cohen, Babson Global

DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality, Carl Spetzler, Strategic Decision Group

The Startup Pitch, by Chris Lipp, Kauffman Fellows Academy

Raising Startup Capital, by Clint Korver and Jenny Rooke, Kauffman Fellows Academy

Startup CEO, by Matt Blumberg and Clint Korver, Kauffman Fellows Academy

Mini MBA: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ivory Tower, by Eric Ball and Joseph Lipuma, Kauffman Fellows Academy

The Boardroom: Advanced Entrepreneurship, by Clint Korver, Kauffman Fellows Academy

Venture Capital 101, by Clint Korver, Miriam Rivera, Phil Wickham, Trish Costello and Ade Mabogunje, Kauffman Fellows Academy

Resources like MOOC’s can help an entrepreneur with very specific or general needs.   Check them out and see what they can do for you!

Content contributed by Maria Brown, SoMNSourceLink. SoMNSourceLink is a proud affiliate of U.S.SourceLink, America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs.