Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Path to Success: So you want to be an entrepreneur? A successful one, of course! This course provides a practical introduction to the world of entrepreneurship through a down-to-earth review of concepts, common practices and expectations in today's dynamic startup and innovation ecosystems. 

  • Nature, Role and Impact of Entrepreneurship.
  • Profit as a Driver of Change and Innovation.
  • Schumpeter's Creative Destruction.
  • The Agile Entrepreneur.
    • Windows of Opportunity.
    • Rapid Prototyping, Validation, Piloting, Iteration.
    • Pivoting.
  • Funding.
    • Bootstrapping, Seed Funding, Angels, Investors and Exit Strategies.
  • Unicorns are rare, failure is common, but success is not an exception.
  • Why some Startups Succeed and others Fail?
    • It's not the best idea, product or service that survives.
    • Team, Execution and 20 other drivers of success and failure.
  • The Silicon Valley Hype: Failure and Funding.
    • Fail Fast and Forward.
    • Venture Capital.
    • Exit Strategies.
  • Alternatives for Startup survival and long term success.
    • Bootstrapping.
    • Organic Growth.
    • Crowdfunding.

Materials and Bonus

  • Real life examples, pre-filled and editable templates for presentation slides, business plan documents and financial model spreadsheets.
  • 8 hours of mentoring and personal tutoring.
This course is part of our multi-module "Social Entrepreneurship and Impact from Business" program for full and rounded capacity building on Social Startups and Social Innovation. Click here for more details.
This course is part of our multi-module "Immersive Entrepreneurship and Effective Startups" program for full and rounded capacity building on Entrepreneurship. Click here for more details.
About the Instructor: Carlos Miranda Levy

Carlos Miranda Levy speaking at TEDxTokyo.A social entrepreneur and innovation technology expert with 20 years of work in human development, education, culture, disaster response and the environment, Carlos has led multiple social impact technology initiatives across the globe, while maintaining a successful career at the service of international organizations, government agencies and corporate and non-profit organizations.

His multiple credentials include a Stanford University Digital Vision Fellowship, a National University of Singapore Social Entrepreneurship Residency, a Google Developing World Scholarship Award, a Bill & Melinda Gates TEDGlobal Scholarship, a Reuters Foundation grant, among many others. Carlos has been featured on CNN as one of 20 Latin American Leaders on the Internet, on Forbes as a Latino Leader in Silicon Valley and as an Emerging Leader by New Media Consortium at MIT.

A balanced mix of tech skills, business savvy and understanding of social processes, give him a unique advantage for visualizing stakeholders and ecosystems, their processes and opportunities, drafting strategies, leading teams, organizing events and creating technology solutions. This is clearly appreciated in his work with vulnerable youth, disaster survivors, teachers, policy makers, software developers and communities, which has taken him from the Caribbean mountains to Silicon Valley, the Amazon basin and snowcapped Andes; to Haïti, Singapore and Japan, and more recently to Africa and Europe.

His hands-on, proactive spirit has benefited from the lessons learned through field experience at scenarios as diverse as remote rural villages, the headquarters of international organizations, Presidential offices and government agencies, high security prisons and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He summarizes his approach and methodology to problem solving and ecosystem intervention with a simple phrase:

“never help: engage, enable, empower and connect”.
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