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University of Leeds

Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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

4.6 rating, based on 78 reviews

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  • Jade Smith completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course is Amazing. I learned so much and it helped me structure my thoughts and complete them for a real business idea. Defiantly recommenced. Will be taking all the rest of the classes!
  • The course helps me up the knowledge about how to start small business vision and opportunity. The course was received what I expected. Thank you so much.
  • 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.
  • Ashley Eidler 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...
  • Nosaiba Aouam

    Nosaiba Aouam 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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Am so much privilege to be here and my being here have greatly improved my business mindset. The exercises, the discussion and contributions from other students really helped me to learn faster.

    Thank you so much
  • 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...
  • Anonymous
    Its good but its not free.

    I wasn't able to give the tests as I didn't have the UNLIMITED plan here in Future Learn.

    I couldn't afford it so I couldn't give the test. :(
  • Anonymous
    i want to say thank you for making this course available online , its really helpful and interesting to learn new things and very easy to undrstand though..Godbless
  • Anonymous
    Very informative.

    Thank you! I love this course it helps me alot to

    my study and work!! thank you!!! I will share this course to my friends.
  • Ahmed Atif Nassar Ali
    thank you for pref. course its fast and interesting it open the mind to other ideas and activities as data science and marketing
  • Anonymous
    Thought provoking and stylish course that demystifies the thought that must be given to move forward business idea.
  • This course provides me more detail of business opportunities model with practical exercises. Good course!
  • Harrison Ajiamah

    Harrison Ajiamah 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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