Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is defined as value creation by observing business opportunities. In Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning, one of the eight key competences is "sense of initiative and entrepreneurship". Today, unemployment is an important challenge with which not only developing but also developed countries are faced. In this respect, entrepreneurship is important for social policies, as well as for economic policies. Growth and stability, in other words development of a country, is dependent on investments and the establishment of innovative businesses that manufacture products with high added value. That is why developing innovation and entrepreneurship cultures and creating entrepreneurship ecosystems are of particular importance for individuals, businesses and society. Another key competence defined by the European Council is technology literacy, which requires individuals to use technology effectively and generate innovative products by means of technology.
This course is designed to develop both technology and entrepreneurship skills. You may find this course interesting if you plan to be a technology entrepreneur. This five-week course is mainly based on individual learning. You are required to carry out a series of activities every week, and share them with the instructor. With feedback from the instructor, you will make necessary revisions on the assignments, and create a kind of portfolio. At the end of the course, you are expected to develop a detailed business plan. You are required to carry out all activities and submit your business plan to the instructor to complete the course successfully.