|By Business Wire||
|August 15, 2013 07:00 AM EDT||
Today, NovoEd is introducing a new, online entrepreneurship curriculum in partnership with prestigious institutions. For the first time ever, students around the world will have access to a low or no cost entrepreneurship curriculum in an online environment where they can create and develop their ideas in collaboration with teammates and mentors.
Entrepreneurship requires learning by doing and working with others to co-create new ventures. Traditionally, this required students to be physically located in innovation centers like Silicon Valley, the Route 128 corridor in Boston, and other hubs of entrepreneurial activity. These regional hubs created a social community where students interested in creating new ventures could exchange and develop ideas through face-to-face interactions with their peers, mentors and funders. But now, students can leverage the team-building and social technologies of the NovoEd platform to find partners and use content from the world’s entrepreneurship experts to begin creating ventures that can transform their lives and their communities.
“Entrepreneurship education is the engine of change needed to drive global economies forward,” said Amin Saberi, co-founder and chief executive officer, NovoEd. “With this new curriculum, NovoEd is empowering students anywhere to create solutions that benefit their own communities. We are proud to work with such esteemed institutions to take advantage of the social web so students can change their worlds.”
NovoEd and its partners will offer entrepreneurship courses online and available to anyone, anywhere. The initial courses cover essential entrepreneurship topics, including how to start and grow a venture, how to secure funding and how to be a CEO, and will expand to become a rigorous entrepreneurship curriculum at scale. NovoEd’s unique technology connects students with each other around the course content, enabling them to explore new solutions to social, environmental and business challenges together. Students will leverage course content and NovoEd’s social technologies to find business partners and draw from the experiences of the world’s top entrepreneurship experts to create social networks and work portfolios that they can carry with them from course to course as they progress through the curriculum.
“The social component of the NovoEd platform is critical to this curriculum. True learning is not done in isolation and neither is entrepreneurship,” said Clint Korver, director, Kauffman Fellows Academy. “For the first time ever, students will be able to develop, maintain and expand their network of peers and collaborators across courses.”
This curriculum builds on the success of early courses and new students will join a thriving community of hundreds of thousands of students and mentors on NovoEd who have taken courses, formed start-up teams and created companies. Over the next few months, NovoEd will introduce additional entrepreneurship courses with new and existing partners to build a curated and comprehensive curriculum. By creating the conditions under which true innovation can take root and thrive, NovoEd and its partners are connecting transformational ideas with passionate students to drive economic innovation.
“Babson College’s mission is to bring the power of entrepreneurial thought and action to the world,” said Shahid Ansari, chief executive officer, Babson Global. “Our partnership with NovoEd enables us to apply our unique pedagogy at unprecedented scale.”
The following entrepreneurship courses are now available for registration:
- “Financial Analysis of Entrepreneurial Ideas,” taught by Shahid Ansari and Jan Bell, Babson College
- “Lead Like an Entrepreneur taught by David Bradford and Allan Cohen, Babson College
- “Negotiations,” taught by Melissa Manwaring, Babson College
- “Opportunity and Entrepreneurship,” taught by Dennis Ceru, Babson College
- “Mini MBA - Unlocking the Ivory Tower,” taught by Eric Ball and Joe Lipuma, Kauffman Fellows Academy
- “The Startup Pitch” taught by Chris Lipp, Kauffman Fellows Academy
- “Raising Startup Capital,” taught by Clint Korver and Jenny Rooke, Kauffman Fellows Academy
- “Startup CEO,” taught by Matt Blumberg, Kauffman Fellows Academy
- “VC 101,” taught by Phil Wickham, Kauffman Fellows Academy
- “Technology Entrepreneurship” (in English, Mandarin, and Spanish) taught by Chuck Eesley, Stanford University
- “DQ101: Introduction to Decision Quality,” taught by Carl Spetzler, Strategic Decisions Group
- “Financing New Ventures,” taught by Stephanie Marrus, the University of California at San Francisco
NovoEd’s mission is to improve student learning and engagement by making online courses more social and interactive. On NovoEd, students can connect to and work with each other for a deeply engaged, meaningful and experiential educational experience. More information is available at NovoEd.com.