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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.

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 Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

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Why join the course?

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 secondsDo 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 secondsRegardless 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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Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsSign up now to Starting a Business: Vision and Opportunity.

What topics will you cover?

  • The entrepreneurial learning cycle
  • The opportunity business model: the importance of sharing your vision
  • Vision and opportunity in successful businesses
  • Writing a core value proposition
  • Introduction to writing a robust business plan.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

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 schools and colleges. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

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.

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 Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $59 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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