• University of Leeds

Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

Interested in starting a business? This course will help you define your vision and discover opportunities to make it happen.

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Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

A successful business starts with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider your vision and explore the opportunities available. It will give you the time to plan and help you to start documenting your thoughts in a structured business plan while allowing you to share your ideas with others.

This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Do you have a dream of starting your own business? Maybe you already have an idea, something you have been nurturing for a while or maybe it’s just a seed that needs cultivating or maybe you are just looking for inspiration. This is the first course in a series of six designed to help you on the journey of entrepreneurship. This course explores the importance of vision and opportunity when starting a business, discovering and creating opportunities essential to the notion of entrepreneurship. There is much debate about whether entrepreneurs discover opportunities, such as spotting a gap in a market or create opportunities from their knowledge or experience.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds Regardless of how the opportunity comes about, it is vital to have a vision which can be shared with others. Through videos, activities, and quizzes, this series of business courses introduce case studies of young entrepreneurs who are already on the journey. They share their business challenges with you and a panel of business advisors. Through discussion and activities, you have plenty of opportunity to define and work on your business plan as well as helping others.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Vision and opportunity

    • Welcome

      This week, you'll explore the importance of vision and opportunity when starting a business. But before you get started, take the time to meet your fellow learners and share your reasons for joining this course.

    • Discovering and creating opportunities

      Behind every great business is a brilliant idea; an idea that comes just at the right time and in the right place. This activity introduces you to a variety of successful businesses, exploring their vision and opportunity.

    • Emma's business challenge

      In this activity, Emma shares her business challenge. She has a number of opportunities open to her and needs to decide which direction her business should take. Join a team of advisers in helping Emma decide how to move forward.

    • Summary

      To close this week, you are introduced to some of the options for studying at the University of Leeds. You also look forward to next week.

  • Week 2

    Realising your vision

    • About Week 2

      This week, you have the opportunity to spend some dedicated time defining your business vision. If you choose, you can communicate with other learners from around the world to share and discuss your ideas.

    • Your turn

      In this activity, you have the opportunity to develop your skills by applying the opportunity business model to an enterprise of your choice.

    • Your business plan

      Throughout this series of courses, you are encouraged to document your ideas and thoughts in order to produce a coherent business plan.

    • What next?

      Having reached the end of this course, you can test your understanding further and then look forward to the next course in the series or further courses from the University of Leeds.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Assess the entrepreneurial cycle which underpins the course.
  • Explore the scope for discovering or creating business opportunities.
  • Investigate businesses in your local area.
  • Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: Which business should I start and how?
  • Evaluate and assess a business idea.
  • Produce a business plan within 200 words.
  • Investigate the vision and opportunities for a business plan.

Who is the course for?

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Who will you learn with?

Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

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.

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