Online course

The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen

Everyone is a thinker and a doer. Everyone is entrepreneurial. Turn your ideas into action with this free online course.

The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen

Why join the course?

A park bench? A run? A workshop? A shed? We all have places where we do our best thinking and doing. This course aims to recreate that atmosphere, enabling you to unlock and explore your ideas, and make them happen.

Meet other thinkers and doers

On this course, you’ll meet a whole bunch of thinkers and doers; those just starting out, makers, tinkerers and experienced entrepreneurs. Sharing your ideas with them and other learners will encourage you to have more confidence, to think more, and to do more to create change and solve problems in your world.

Together, we’ll explore questions like:

  • Are you passionate about something that you’d like to change?
  • Have you ever wanted to change something, but didn’t know how to make it happen?
  • How can you make change happen?

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Over four weeks, in this highly participatory course, you’ll explore entrepreneurial mindsets, consider where ideas come from and take steps to switch on your creativity, enabling you to create, develop and share your ideas.

You’ll get the chance to make meaning of the problems you experience, find the confidence to do something with an idea you already have, or address challenges that impact on you or those around you, no matter how big or small.

You can find out more in Katie Wray’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Why should you join us in The Enterprise Shed?

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsWe all have a place where we do our best thinking.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 secondsAre you passionate about something you'd like to change?

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 secondsThe Enterprise Shed is not just a course, but a place where you can join others online to think about your world and discuss the improvements and changes needed there. Whether at home, work, or in your community, come and unlock and develop your ideas. Discover opportunities and join a global network of inspiring people to help make your change happen.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsAt Newcastle University enterprise and entrepreneurship are at the heart of what we do, driving the development of world-class graduate skills, fueling life changing ideas that inspire action and build excellence with purpose. In The Enterprise Shed, you'll draw on this expertise, share networks and meet entrepreneurs whose ideas stemmed from what they found in their world. Be that an engineering problem, a health care issue, wanting to provide education for all, turning a hobby into a job, or becoming a parent. These people, from different backgrounds, with different skills and passions, all share one thing-- they had an idea and did something about it. This course provides inspiration for innovation.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsWe'll consider where ideas come from, help you switch on your creativity, and encourage you to think more and do more to solve problems in your world. Curious? Sign up now to join an inspiring community of thinkers and doers in The Enterprise Shed. Make your ideas happen and create change in your world.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

Whether you’re studying, working, retired, or just curious, this course will give you the skills to create change in your world. If you’re looking for a simple solution, want to set up a social enterprise, initiate a community project, start a new business venture, or just to be part of this community, join us in The Enterprise Shed. You don’t need any specific skills or experience - just passion and a willingness to get involved.

Who will you learn with?

Katie Wray

I am a Lecturer in Enterprise. I develop enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Science, Agriculture & Engineering Faculty at Newcastle University, UK.


Who developed the course?

A thriving international community of over 20,000 students. The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.