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Top online courses for startups that every entrepreneur should take

 Shalini Rajvanshi,  August 1, 2016.

These online courses from prestigious universities and websites will help sharpen your skills as an entrepreneur

Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task. Starting out on your own requires more than just technical know-how about your field of study. Most universities focus only on the latter and give a little insight of entrepreneurial or leadership skills. Start-up enthusiasts also face the problem of funding required for their projects.

According to a recent study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM), only seven per cent of graduates passing out of Indian business schools are employable. On the other hand, there is a huge boom in the Indian startup sector facilitated by government initiatives as well as influx of foreign capital. This creates a considerable skill set gap in the employable population that needs immediate attention.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) revolution is helping bridge this gap between an inexperienced student to a successful entrepreneur. All what these online courses doing is imparting the freedom to complete a course on their own, flexibility to choose a course, individual attention by instructors and collaborative study options with people from around the world.

Here is a list of MOOC platforms where you can enroll to study online entrepreneurial courses:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

One of the most reputed educational institutes in the world, MIT offers a host of core and supplementary online entrepreneurship courses in finance, law, leadership, marketing/planning, operations and strategy disciplines at the graduate and the undergraduate level. Courses such as inventions and patents, entrepreneurial marketing, the art and science of negotiation, developmental entrepreneurship, et al, can equip you with requisite skills to get your own business going.

2. Stanford University:

A highly reputed university of the US and respected the world over, it offers a host of online courses across myriad fields and disciplines such as Medical Education, Design, Statistics, Child Nutrition, etc. The varsity offers entrepreneurial courses on its MOOC platform such as crash course on creativity, technology entrepreneurship, startup boards: Advanced entrepreneurship, among others.

There are several other MOOC learning platforms such as Coursera, Study.com and SC.CO which offer hands on open learning experiences which can prove to be quite useful for budding entrepreneurs.

3. Coursera:

Established in April 2012, the online education platform serves more than 20 million registered learners. Coursera offers myriad entrepreneurial courses such as business model canvas, essentials of entrepreneurship, developing an entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial strategic management, among others.

4.Study.com:

With over 15 million students enrolled, the platform offers a host of courses in entrepreneurship such as microfinance for entrepreneurs and small businesses, entrepreneurship guide, factors of production, among others.

5. SC.CO:

The plaform is a digital make-over of the Startup Village, a student incubator. It is set to launch a free online course on all aspects of entrepreunship on August 15, 2016 to bring startup industry practices to engineering students. The platform has also designed a sic-month intensive Silicon Valley programme for ambitious students to build a real product and launch it to customers while they are still in college.

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