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Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality

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Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality
Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality

Are you looking to set up your own business? Are you wondering how to turn your ideas into reality?

Discover more about setting up and running your own business in this free course, Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality.

Using case studies, this course will take you through the decisions you will need to make when building a business: from generating initial ideas through to deciding what you will do and how you will establish your business and grow it. It will guide you through business models, funding options, business types and the influence of location and importantly assessment of your own skills, values and attitudes to risk. The course is focused on practical advice from real entrepreneurs, and will signpost you to where you can find additional support and how you can further develop your own capabilities.

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Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation - which also displays your Open University badge.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our end-of-course survey. Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

This course is endorsed by the CPD Standards Office .  It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development but is not accredited learning. We are unable to provide formal learner verification services for participation in our open online courses, which are provided freely by The Open University as self-directed CPD.  

Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.


Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify strengths of an entrepreneur and what support is needed to run a business
  • evaluate, develop and refine a business idea and create a business model
  • identify the gaps in resources and capabilities needed to grow a new business
  • create a plan to develop capability and make progress growing a business
  • create a pitch to gain support for development of a business.

First Published: 13/09/2018

Updated: 03/03/2020

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