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Starting a business: realise your vision

Explore the complexities of starting a business; an interactive course led by inspirational academics, entrepreneurs and advisers.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Starting a business: realise your vision

Why join the course?

If you dream of starting your own business, or are simply interested in the process of how ideas and visions become businesses, then this two-week course is for you.

We will help you spot when an idea is genuinely a good business opportunity and then take you through the steps of how to turn it into a successful business. You will learn about the resources needed, how to target the right customers and the range of finance options available.

This interactive course will help you understand and navigate the numerous challenges and critical decisions that entrepreneurs face as they go through the process of starting a business. You will do this through the eyes of enterprising students and graduates who have successfully started their own business, using video case studies, real life business plans and plenty of discussion. Throughout the course, you will be supported by university academics and experienced advisors, who will explain underlying principles and offer expert opinion.

You can join in by sharing ideas and discussing your own thoughts with other learners and the mentors. You can also interact using polls to guess the course of action taken by the entrepreneurs at key points in their business development journey. Join this course to start your own journey to starting a business.

Who is the course for?

No previous knowledge or experience of business is required. You may be at school, college or university, the course is open to all and designed to be flexible so you can study at a time convenient to you. You will come away from the course with a clear understanding of what it takes to realise a vision and start a business.

Who will you learn with?

Nigel Lockett

Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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.

£34.00 + shipping

Estimate prices in preferred currency

Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.