Learn How Entrepreneurs Identify and Solve Problems

It is said that entrepreneurs can see a need before people even have it on their radar. Entrepreneurship is also the story of success and failure. In this course, you will learn what goes into launching a business. You will identify your target customers, create a story for your product, write a business pitch, and practice leadership behaviors that can inspire a team, prove out ideas, and test your brand concept. If you want to know how to take an idea all the way through to an on-the-shelf product or service, this course is for you.

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Program Dates

Choose the course length that works for you: 1-week intensives, 2-week sessions, and 4-week sessions

Eligibility

For students ages 13 and up

Fees

$1495

Discover your inner entrepreneur

Learn the history and foundation of entrepreneurship 

Explore questions such as: What is an entrepreneur? How do they find solutions to problems? How does an entrepreneur identify a need in the market?

Discover how to gain support for your business through networking

How do entrepreneurs find business partners, financial backers, and customers? Explore networking techniques to build your support team and gain exposure for your business idea. Gain knowledge about the types of financing available to entrepreneurs and financing tools.

Explore success, failure, and innovation

Understand what it means to “fail forward.” When an idea doesn’t work, how does a business reinvent itself and find new ways to provide value? Learn how companies pivot and innovate to meet customer needs.

Discover the different types of  business models

Identify different types of businesses such as non-profit, for-profit, or b-corp. Learn the tools and vocabulary that will help you define and build your own business. Identify the key components of your business and fill out a Business Model Canvas.

Practice the art of the business pitch

Formulate a launch plan to get your business off the ground. Using insights gained from researching the market and the target customer, discuss why the world can’t live without your product or service.

Explore college majors and future careers

Topics covered in this course provide a good background for potential college majors and career paths related to entrepreneurial businesses—whether in consumer products, electronics, technology, or other types of entrepreneurial endeavors.

How You Will Benefit

  • Gain the foundational knowledge and explore the history of entrepreneurship.
  • Learn how to identify a need in the marketplace. 
  • Discover what it means to “fail forward” by adapting to market changes.
  • Develop a fluency in thinking and speaking about how businesses work.
  • Learn how to build partnerships and funding sources through networking.
  • Develop a timeline and plan to launch your business.
  • Determine if entrepreneurship is something you’d like to pursue in college and beyond.

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Three Learning Advantages Designed For You

Final Project – Becoming an Entrepreneur

The course culminates with a special Capstone project that shares your business idea and explains why the world can’t live without it. Your video presentation will address the following questions:

  • What's the story of your business?
  • What is your value proposition?
  • What problem are you trying to solve?
  • What is your business's solution to the problem?
  • How will your business make money?
  • Who are your customers?
  • How will you obtain and retain customers?
  • Who are your partners?
  • Why are you and your partners the right ones to launch this company?

Mentoring

You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments.
  • Inspiration, motivation, and confidence to help you succeed.
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • 20 to 30 hours of total instruction and coursework, including engaging multimedia simulations, and assignments through dynamic videos featuring Dr. Patricia Grant of Georgetown University.
  • Guidance from a mentor who can support you, answer questions, and provide feedback on assignments.
  • Interact with fellow students from around the world.

Apply now for the next available course

February 6 - March 6

Becoming an Entrepreneur: An Inside Look at Innovation

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 30, 2022

March 6 - April 3

Becoming an Entrepreneur: An Inside Look at Innovation

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 27, 2022

March 13 - March 20

Becoming an Entrepreneur: An Inside Look at Innovation

Length: 1 week

Cost: $1495

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 6, 2022

All course options have the same educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We are offering a condensed version of the course in order to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

Course designed by Georgetown University professor

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Dr. Patricia Grant

Senior Associate Dean, McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Program, Georgetown University

Dr. Grant works with students, faculty, and administrators to organize a comprehensive curricular and co-curricular experience for undergraduates. She specializes in diversity training, analytics, talent acquisition and retention, professional development, organizational development, strategic planning, and brand management.

Meet Your Mentors

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Bryce

B.S. Business Administration from Georgetown University, 2021. Marketing Global Business & International Relations certificate.

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Carlos

Georgetown University student working towards a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

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Roemello

Georgetown University student working towards a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

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Layla

Georgetown University student working towards a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application asks you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story, through writing, video, photos—any media you prefer.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes to answer the questions.

Begin the process.

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Scholarships

We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you: