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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 Finished
  • 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 29 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.
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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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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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.
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.
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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Anonymous
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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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Dayna D
Dayna completed this course.
I've only taken the first course and I found it very insightful. I have a clear understanding of the steps I need to take to develop a real business idea and implement it into a clear Business Plan Model, using the Dimensions and Divers method. Thank you for a great start and I look forward to finishing all six courses.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course. I have in the past setup businesses but never had the opportunity to set down and write up and plan what to do prior to set off. Am sure after completing this course and the subsequent once and will be set to incorporate new companies that can be much more successful.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Was a great start to the course.Nigel gave me a straightforward way of addressing different important aspects to starting a business. Glad I am done with the first step. I really liked the business plan template that would guide us through all the six steps of Starting a Business Series.
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Ayot A
Ayot completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Was a great start to the course.Nigel gave me a straightforward way of addressing different important aspects to starting a business. Glad I am done with the first step. I really liked the business plan template that would guide us through all the six steps of Starting a Business Series.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the topics very educational and the interaction has been great with being able to follow and discuss items with other classmates. Great to understand others ideas. I have left the course inspired to go on and really bring my business ideas to life.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is presented in a concise and clear manner. It makes you think clearly about your business goals and each step and timeframe is easy to manage. I am looking forward to Starting a Business 2: People and Networks.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
As the introductory course of a set of six courses it is very comprehensive and lays out the steps well. The content is easily followed and it treats what has become a complex subject, with equanimity and skill.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course has opened my eyes to the business world. At first I was clueless on how to start my business especially with no proper planning and direction. Now I can make use of the tactics that has been thought.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Very informative, it helps me out how to plan & business step by step

After completing the course I came to know the what are the most important aspect of business, I can say pillar.

Thanks a lot for you help
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a very useful introductory course and I learned a lot about starting a business. I am looking forward to doing the other courses in the series. This would be very helpful for those new to the business world.
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course is very good. It helped me to gain focus and clearly define my objectives. The less in and explained clearly, to the point and easy to understand and the templates really help to clarify our goals.
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