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Online Course

Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $39 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Duration 2 weeks long
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Overview

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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’.

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.

Taught by

Nigel Lockett

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity Based on 55 reviews

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Ashley E
by Ashley completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This six-course series is extremely well-produced and well-organized, and FutureLearn itself makes it easy to navigate through the lessons. Each course is broken up into two weeks of study - the first week focuses on one of the core aspects of starting a business, offers a case study, and encourages you to come up with solutions that you can then check against the opinions of professional business advisers. The second week encourages you to look into the details of your own business plan, if you have one, or research an existing company. The courses also offer an extremely helpful document that guides you through brainstorming and planning your own business venture.

Though all six courses in the Start a Business series are running concurrently, I had no problems finishing up the full set before the courses closed. The course materials suggest 1-2 hours per week - I'd say you can easily get through both weeks of each course in 1-2 hours.
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Nosaiba A
Nosaiba completed this course.
This course is very hepful to anyone interested in working in a business, studying business or making their own business. It provides the information you need to make a successful business and teaches you how to think like an entrepreneur, how entrepreneurs spot an opportunity for success and take it despite the risks. Personally, as a seventeen year old, all I know about business is what I have learnt in school through some projects we did which is not much at all and this course started off at a suitable level, simple enough not to confuse me till i lose interest or hope to continue on this path. Also, I particularly liked the tasks given as they really did aid in the learning and were quite lenient about how you went about doing them. Before
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Some useful content in here, but seems to want to sell Leeds University! Last video on week one has nothing to do with the course at all so skipped that bit.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I would advise you to see this opportunity as a gold mine in your door step!

Every step of the way is a bridge to the next!

You learn from the foundation, and from professionals with vast experience on the field of business.

This exercise would be a life changer if at the end every advice is put to practice...
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Harrison A
Harrison is taking this course right now.
The course was very educative, interactive, informative. I has helped me gain focus and clearly define my objectives & opened my eyes to the business world as well as inspired me to take step by step plans to bringing my business ideas to life.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
unfortunately, I did not get as much out of this course as I had hoped and felt the test at the end was not covered in the course material. Strange as I have completed a couple of these courses with no issues at all.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a great course that teaches you many ideas of starting a business. Doing it with other learners can give one the chance to improve and change your ideas and thoughts about a specific aspect.
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This was a really good beginners course to starting a business. Whether you are doing it as an interest or wanting to take initial steps, its really useful. I really like the forums and pin boards for this course. It allows you to read about others business ideas and their opinions on given topics.

Really good start to helping envision my business ideals and final goal. Going to start the next phase tomorrow. Great videos and looking at case studies. Nice to research potential competitors. Gets you thinking outside the box. Case studies show you numbers of ways to start developing a business. Like starting with a blog, a YouTube Channel, An online magazine, A website, A shop etc.

Step by step guide. Great. :)
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a really good free course for starting to think about a new business venture. It inspired us with new ideas for our business. We also liked to hear other people's ideas of what they were doing too. Indeed it is good that we were able to connect with others in this way. We also felt reassured that not everyone knows what they want to do yet as we are still deciding more things about our business. We also liked the business plan to help build a strong foundation for a good business. Highly recommend this short course! We would definitely like to do part 2 of the course but not straightaway as there are other things we want to do in relation to our business idea.
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This is a really good free course for starting to think about a new business venture. It inspired us with new ideas for our business. We also liked to hear other people's ideas of what they were doing too. Indeed it is good that we were able to connect with others in this way. We also felt reassured that not everyone knows what they want to do yet as we are still deciding more things about our business. We also liked the business plan to help build a strong foundation for a good business. Highly recommend this short course! We would definitely like to do part 2 of the course but not straightaway as there are other things we want to do in relation to our business idea.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Je me permets de donner mon avis en français car je suis francophone d'origine Ivoirienne et pas très doué en anglais.

Je cherchais des cours en ligne pour m'améliorer en anglais et je suis tombé sur ce site et je m'estime vraiment chanceuse car en plus de l'anglais je développe d'autres compétences nécessaire à mon avenir. Vivant en Côte d'ivoire et n'ayant pas suffisamment de moyen une formation pareil était inespérée. Merci Future learn et les universités associées.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
My previous expectations were high. Sadly I have to say that the content of this course is quite poor. However I do appreciate all the effort put behind it, especially considering that it is for free. When I read that it was a 2 week course which you could complete in 2 hours per week, I knew it could not offer enough information and capabilities. What I found most valuable were the 2 pdf documents to download. Give it a try, if it is still for free.
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Anonymous
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This course was well planned and it has helped me understand the nuances of starting a business. It is split in to small parts and really useful to learn the whole picture.The lecture videos by Nigel were very well made and made concepts easier to understand,The case study made us think on our own,read up many articles about the subject. It also dealt with current scenarios faced by businesses in the real world.Overall it was a good learning experience.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a very useful beginner course that has greatly improved my knowledge with regards to starting my own business. I would recommend it for anyone who would like to test the waters before dedicating themselves to a degree. The course was easy to follow and the comments from other people taking the course are very helpful. It's a good learning environment and I was able to complete the course at my own speed and do more research whenever I wanted to.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic and really helpful. We found all the required information is closely associate with starting a new business. We greatly helpful for taking online completion those course. But sorrowful event that you will not provide any achievement certificate without payment. We seek your support for providing achievement certificate at your end at the earliest in order to increase my motivation. In future I will take further course online again.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
My overall opinion of this class was that it was average and I don't mean that in a negative way. I opted for the free course so my expectations weren't that high. Yet, I was pleased with the information I received. The course was only two weeks which is actually perfect for me because my attention span only lasts about that long with important information. I prefer it in small doses!!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course inspired me to start thinking of putting up a business. I learned that I should have a vision to start of my business. I will need this vision to see where my business will be and this drives my passion to put up a business. I am was in the cloud where to start and now I know where to finally start. Is to have my own vision. It is basic but we forget fundamentals.
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Anna Z
Anna completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course is really too easy and brief, very basic knowledge. If you are a beginner, it will be useful, but for people with a bit of background it probably won't give anything new. Just one things I wrote in my journal and two shared templates I found might be useful to organise some thoughts. It's only 2 weeks so at least not too much time was spent.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have been considering starting a business for sometime. I understand a lot of the working parts, but had trouble with the big picture. It has always seemed to be an overwhelming project, and I was daunted. This class has given me a clear path to start to examine what steps I will need to take to work out what I need from an entrepreneurial s
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DIKIO zacheaus,lagos NIGERIA

I would advise you to see this opportunity as a gold mine in your door step!

Every step of the way is a bridge to the next!

You learn from the foundation, and from professionals with vast experience on the field of business.

This exercise would be a life changer if at the end every advice is put to practice...
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