Level B options:


B.1 Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategy, and Innovation Specialization (5 cr)

B.2 How to validate your business idea (0.5 cr)

B.3 Entrepreneurial Strategic Management (0.3 cr)

B.4 Business Analytics Executive Overview (0.5 cr)

B.5 Innovation & entrepreneurship – from design thinking to funding (0.6 cr)

B.6 Finance for startups (0.3 cr)

B.7 Crowdfunding (0.4 cr)

B.8 Financing for Startup Businesses (1.5 cr)

B.9 Running Product Design Sprints (0.6 cr)


B.2 + B.3 + B.4 + B.5 + B.6 + B.7 + B.8 + B.9 = 5 cr 


B.1 Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategy, and Innovation Specialization (120 hrs, 5 cr) 

Offered by Duke University

From entrepreneurs to executives, this Specialization provides an opportunity for you to learn how to advance business innovation in your company and gain insights from leading faculty in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


In the first course, you will learn how to valuate entrepreneurial ventures—including high-growth startups—using Excel spreadsheet models. You will also learn how to discern between the tradeoffs of different financing strategies: loan investments, venture capital, angel investing, and crowdfunding. 


The second course will teach you how to manage a startup’s financing strategy, where you will learn how to build capitalization tables (or cap tables”) in Excel. Cap tables will help you explore different financing strategies for your startup company and determine which financing decisions are best for your entrepreneurial venture. 


The third course transitions to an analysis of blockchain technologies, where you will learn how to identify opportunities to disrupt and innovate business models using blockchain as well as avoid poorly executed applications of blockchain to business. 


The fourth course will teach you how to use R programming to calculate the return of a stock portfolio as well as quantify the market risk of that portfolio 


This Specialization is also an excellent opportunity for professionals interested in Fuqua’s master’s programs to get an inside look into Fuqua’s faculty expertise and courses. 


B.2 How to validate your business idea (12 hrs, level B) 

Offerred by UNSW Sydney 

Starting a new business begins with an idea that needs to evolve through experimentation, iteration and interactions with people. This course is for existing and potential entrepreneurs who are looking for guidance and support to make their ‘great idea’ a reality. In addition to reviewing the basic principles of entrepreneurship, this course guides you through the process of actively validating your idea in the market. We encourage you to identify and communicate good opportunities and to create and capture value from these opportunities. By working through the course and completing the activities you’ll learn how to get feedback that systematically tests different parts of your business idea. You will learn how to do this through interacting with potential customers, suppliers, partners and investors outside the course. Along the way, you will also become more confident in pitching your idea. By the end of the course you should have a validated business idea that you can start right away.


B.3 Entrepreneurial Strategic Management (9 hrs) 

Offered by the University of New Mexico 


This course utilizes an inquiry-based approach to understanding sources of competitive advantages in companies and other organizations.


B.4 Business Analytics Executive Overview (13 hrs) 

Offered by University of Illois at Urbana-Champaign

Businesses run on data, and data offers little value without analytics. The ability to process data to make predictions about the behavior of individuals or markets, to diagnose systems or situations, or to prescribe actions for people or processes drives business today. Increasingly many businesses are striving to become “data-driven”, proactively relying more on cold hard information and sophisticated algorithms than upon the gut instinct.

B.5 Innovation & entrepreneurship – from design thinking to funding (19 hrs) 

Offered by eit Digital 

This Innovation and Entrepreneurship course focuses on the interconnection between entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. Specifically, we look at models used in Silicon Valley to grow both start-up companies as well as innovation inside large organizations. Bringing together top Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley faculty, this course addresses critical areas for successful growth, including design thinking, open innovation, business models, product-market fit, and financing. This course will teach you how to think like an entrepreneur and provides the models, tools and frameworks to further develop your business or idea. An emphasis will be placed on the IT space.


In this second part, From Design Thinking to Funding, the following areas are included: design thinking; innovation cycle process; business modeling; and funding 


B.6 Finance for startups (9 hrs) 

Offered by KAIST


Finance is one of the key ingredients for successful startups. Many entrepreneurs, however, lack knowledge of finance. This course teaches basic financial knowledge needed in starting and operating startups to entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs who did not major in finance. Students of this course will learn to read and understand financial statements such as balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements. They will also practice simple financial planning of a startup.


This course also covers the concept company valuation as well as how startups get funding. This is a practical course aimed at direct application of the knowledge gained into running real startups. It also aims to enable entrepreneurs and would-be-entrepreneurs to understand the “language of finance” so that they can talk to professionals with confidence. 


B.7 Crowdfunding (12 hrs) 

Offered by via


Crowdfunding, the practice of raising small amounts of money from large numbers of people, has enabled people around the world to start new businesses, fund initiatives, and raise money for themselves and others. Yet, not all crowdfunding efforts reach their desired goal. Why do some succeed, while others fail? This course will reveal the science behind successful crowdfunding, drawing on data from hundreds of thousands of campaigns. You’ll learn different types of crowdfunding approaches and receive detailed advice on what to do (and what not to do) when crowdfunding.


You’ll also have the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with key players in the field with exclusive interviews from the founder of Indiegogo to successful campaign creators, to get the information you need to set your crowdfunding initiative up for success. Four modules, four weeks. 


B.8 Financing for Startup Businesses (44 hrs) 

Offered by Duke University

This course will teach you how to manage a startup’s financing strategy, where you will learn how to build capitalization tables (or “cap tables”) in Excel. Cap tables will help you explore different financing strategies for your startup company and determine which financing decisions are best for your entrepreneurial venture. You will also learn about innovations in the digital space that allow new ways to finance entrepreneurial ventures. These include different forms of crowdfunding, and alternative credit scoring mechanisms based on web-based data.


This course concludes with a module featuring cutting edge research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business on the financial technology industry. In this module, you will learn how financial technology companies are disrupting the creditscoring industry by developing new methods for credit scoring using consumers’ digital footprints. In addition, you will explore how financial technology platforms have introduced new, experimental forms of financing, such as crowdfunding. 


B.9 Running Product Design Sprints (15 hours) 

Offered by University of Virginia  


Typically, clients and managers don’t want to pay for design (or strategy) — they want results! Too often, this leads to solutions that just don’t make sense and aren’t valuable to anyone.  


Design sprints allow you to meet client’s desire for quick, specific outcomes while making time to do things right. In this course, we’ll show you how to plan and run situation-appropriate sprints to avoid waste and deliver value sooner. You’ll explore how to do this across customer discovery, testing with Learn Startup, usability testing, and product architecture.  


As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 25 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122) 


This course is supported by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute’s mission is to improve the world through entrepreneurship and innovation: www.batteninstitute.org.