About this Specialization
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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian...

Skills you will gain

Business ModelFinanceInnovationEntrepreneurship
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian...

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Developing the Opportunity for Corporate Entrepreneurs

4.3
43 ratings
8 reviews
For an increasing number of established companies, creating new businesses and programs within the company is an imperative for success. Maturing technologies and aging product portfolios are requiring established companies to create, develop, and sustain innovative new initiatives. In this course, learners will develop knowledge on how to navigate the barriers to creating, developing, and sustain innovative new businesses and programs within established companies or organizations with an emphasis on: • Introducing the skills for identifying and analyzing entrepreneurial ideas within a corporate environment; • Examining entrepreneurial thinking within yourself and your colleagues with an awareness of entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial motivations, and entrepreneurial behaviors; • Cultivating seeing entrepreneurially within yourself and your colleagues with attention to industry conditions, industry status, macroeconomic change, and competition; and • Championing acting entrepreneurially within the corporate environment with an understanding of value innovation and opportunity identification. Try this course for FREE at https://www.coursera.org/learn/corporate-entrepreneurs-opportunity...
Course2

Building the Business Model for Corporate Entrepreneurs

4.6
33 ratings
7 reviews
Led by Dan Gordon, a University of Maryland faculty member who teaches business modeling in the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program, this course enables you to develop and apply the Business Model Canvas tool to scope a corporate challenge or opportunity. You will learn how to identify and communicate the nine elements of a business model: Customer Segments, Value Propositions, Channels, Customer Relationships, Revenue Streams, Key Resources, Key Activities, Key Partners, and Cost Structure. Your completed project will be a customer-validated Business Model Canvas that outlines the business case for a new product or service to address your selected challenge or opportunity in a corporate context. This project is derived from four areas of focus in the course: • Identifying how to create and deliver value for existing and future customers of the company; • Learning how to extract value for the corporate venture in a sustainable fashion; • Conducting in-depth interviews to guide the customer discovery process for your corporate venture; and • Developing business models that encompass the product or service, customers, and economic engine that deliver on the corporate venture objectives. Try this course for FREE at https://www.coursera.org/learn/corporate-entrepreneurs-business-model...
Course3

Crafting Strategies for Innovation Initiatives for Corporate Entrepreneurs

4.2
16 ratings
1 reviews
This course focuses on enhancing your understanding of (1) how an internal venture is organized and (2) how to overcome resistance to your new venture ideas within the company. The course is specifically valuable for: • Employees who have creative ideas important to their company; • Managers seeking to assemble creative people and resources; • Technical specialists desiring to become part of an internal venture; and • Consultants who advise companies on ways to launch and grow internal ventures. You will learn strategies to help you launch a corporate venture with coursework focused on four key areas: • Examining how to audit a company's internal environment to establish a framework for its innovation capabilities; • Creating a plan for an organizational structure and operational format that incorporates key roles and players for internal ventures within the company; • Analyzing corporate culture to identify creative capabilities that leverage the company's best practices for innovation; • Evaluating innovation portfolios and compose innovation strategies that are best aligned with the implementation potential within the company. Try this course for FREE at https://www.coursera.org/learn/corporate-entrepreneurs-innovation-strategy...
Course4

Financing and Profiting from Innovation for Corporate Entrepreneurs

4.6
23 ratings
1 reviews
This course is for aspiring or active corporate entrepreneurs who wants to understand how to secure and manage funding for their corporate venture. We will demystify key accounting and financing concepts to give corporate entrepreneurs a guide to developing the business case for their ideas, and securing funding to translate ideas into reality. This course focuses on four key areas: • Learning the fundamentals and how to create financial statements for new ventures within the corporate environment; • Examining valuation techniques for understanding how to assess and grow the value of the corporate venture; • Exploring the different sources of internal and external financing for the corporate venture; and • Applying lessons learned in the course to structure a funding deal and pitch the corporate venture. Try this course for FREE at https://www.coursera.org/learn/corporate-entrepreneurs-financing...

Instructors

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Dr. James V. Green

Director of Entrepreneurship Education
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute
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Daniel Gordon

Lecturer of Technology Entrepreneurship
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
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Dr. Thomas J. Mierzwa

Lecturer of Technology Entrepreneurship
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)
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Michael R. Pratt

Lecturer of Technology Entrepreneurship
Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech)

About University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. ...

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Companies often place young, hard-charging mavericks in charge of start-up ventures within the company. Frequently, these managers are new to the company, and are believed to be less constrained by companies’ current ways of thinking and working. Unfortunately, they’re also unfamiliar with corporate resources, and lack the credibility and personal networks to draw on key resources. As an alternative model, our approach and audience for this course aligns with the lessons learned from GE, 3M, and others. We will train existing junior- and middle-managers, who are already successful at running internal businesses, to develop and lead new businesses within the company.

  • No specific background is required. This Specialization is ideal for employees, entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, or anyone aiming to hone their skills.

  • Although you can take the courses in this Specialization in any order, we do recommend that you follow the sequence of (1) Developing the Opportunity, (2) Building the Business Model, (3) Crafting Strategies for Innovation Initiatives, (4) Financing and Profiting from Innovation, and (5) the Final Project.

  • Time to completion will vary based on your schedule, but we anticipate most learners being able to finish the material within 3 to 6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered every two weeks.

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