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Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Creative Management for Business Success

Build your entrepreneurial skills, develop a growth mindset, and learn how to manage innovation in yourself and in a team.

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Discover how to optimise creativity in entrepreneurship

Understanding entrepreneurship and innovation is essential for identifying new opportunities and achieving sustainable competitive advantage.

On this four-week course from Sentinel|9, you’ll develop and enhance your skills and knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.

You’ll start by delving into creativity for entrepreneurs, the theories surrounding it, and how to develop a growth mindset for entrepreneurial success.

Explore intrapreneurs and what makes an innovative organisation

Achieving innovations in an organisation needs a multidisciplinary approach, coordinating and integrating different individuals across specialist functions and knowledge domains.

This course will guide you through the techniques and tools that foster innovation in an organisation, such as think tanks, storyboarding, and specialised IT systems.

You’ll then look at corporate intrapreneurs; employees within an organisation that innovate like entrepreneurs. You’ll learn the skills that intrapreneurs often hold and how leaders can build a culture of innovation.

Learn the different pathways to finance start-ups

There are a number of finance options for entrepreneurs, from personal savings and loans to angel investors and venture capital.

During week three of this course, you’ll learn about each type of finance option available for start-ups before examining the pros and cons of each.

Develop succession plans and exit strategies

For the final week of this course, you’ll learn the process for identifying and developing key leaders in your company in order to build a succession plan. Then, you’ll discuss different exit strategies, such as a sale of equity, going public, or even liquidation.


  • Week 1

    Entrepreneurship and creativity

    • Course welcome

      Welcome to Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. Let's get going!

    • Introduction to entrepreneurship

      In this activity you are introduced to entrepreneurship and we explore the definition of entrepreneurship.

    • Theories of entrepreneurship

      In this activity we explore the theories of entrepreneurship.

    • Entrepreneurship creativity

      In this activity we explore entrepreneurship creativity.

    • Innovation and entrepreneurship

      We explore how innovation is linked to entrepreneurship.

    • End of Week 1 wrap up

      A review of what's been covered and looking forward to next week.

  • Week 2

    Innovative organisations and corporate intrapreneurs

    • Weekly welcome

      Find out what's happening this week.

    • Innovative organisations

      We continue our exploration of how entrepreneurship and innovation are linked.

    • Corporate intrapreneurs

      We explore the meaning of intrapreneurship and the important role it plays in organisational, economical and social development.

    • Evaluating entrepreneurial start-ups

      We explore entrepreneurial start-ups and how they stimulate the economy by identifying new opportunities.

    • End of Week 2 wrap up

      A review of what's been covered and looking forward to next week.

  • Week 3

    Financing decisions for start-ups

    • Weekly welcome

      Find out what's happening this week.

    • Financing decisions for start-ups part 1

      In this activity, we explore the financing decisions that start-ups need to make.

    • Financing decisions for start-ups part 2

      In this activity we explore the funding instruments available to start-ups.

    • End of Week 3 wrap up

      A review of what's been covered and looking forward to next week.

  • Week 4

    Capital structure and succession planning

    • Weekly welcome

      This week we explore capital structure and its implications.

    • Capital structure

      In this activity we explore how a company can optimise its capital structure with a sufficient combination of senior debt, mezzanine debt, and equity capital to minimise their true cost of capital.

    • Succession planning

      In this activity we explore succession planning and how a business can make sure it continues existing by successfully transferring leadership.

    • End of course wrap up

      It's the end of the course. Look back at what you've covered and consider what to do next.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation, including recent developments in the discipline.
  • Apply critical thinking to relevant case studies of contemporary relevance in entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Explore the key challenges faced by entrepreneurs and conceptualise a strategic response to overcome these challenges.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for new and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to develop the skills and knowledge to identify, plan, develop and launch their own entrepreneurial and innovative ventures.

It will also be useful for business professionals wanting to innovate within their organisation.

Who developed the course?


Sentinel|9 is an education content provider. They provide university-level content independently to offer a different pace of learning for individuals and institutions. They have a dynamic content library and Learning Management System (LMS) which is suitable for online, blended and face-to-face delivery.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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