Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies

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Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies

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Jun,2014

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This is my second course taken from Case Western Reserve University on Coursera, and this is really a good one.

By taking this course, I’ve gained more idea on how a start-up company could access to capital, mentor, and other resources. It broaden my view on realising that it is not only in Silicon Valley, but there are also a lot of opportunities for entrepreneurs here in Beijing.

This course is quite inspiring, I wish if I could have this course before graduation, then I might probably become an entrepreneur.. 🙂

Course Syllabus

1. The Role of Government: April 28 – May 4

KEY QUESTIONS:
— What kinds of initiatives should government support and how should it justify its investments?
— Why should governments support entrepreneurs? Is it best to let the private sector to invest in private companies directly?
DISCUSSION: Share your experiences and thoughts with classmates on the role of government in your regional ecosystem.

2. The Role of Philanthropy: May 5 – 11

KEY QUESTIONS:
— Why do donors get involved in supporting entrepreneurs?
— How do philanthropic expectations differ from government?
— What are challenges of maintaining donor interest in entrepreneurship over the long haul?
DISCUSSION: Share your experiences and thoughts with classmates on the role of philanthropy in your regional ecosystem.

3. The Role of Intermediary Organizations: May 12 – 18

KEY QUESTIONS:
— Why are intermediary organizations created?
— How do intermediary organizations measure success?
— What are the challenges of intermediary organizations?
DISCUSSION: Share your experiences and thoughts with classmates on the role of intermediary organizations in your regional ecosystem.

4. Leveraging Anchor Institutions: May 19 – 25

KEY QUESTIONS:
— How can communities work with anchor institutions to link engines of innovation to entrepreneurs, investors and talent?
— How do anchor institutions leverage resources to improve the pipeline of start-up companies in a region?
DISCUSSION: Share your experiences and thoughts with classmates on the role of anchor institutions in your regional ecosystem.

5. Access to Capital and Mentoring: May 26 – June 1

KEY QUESTIONS:
— How do seed accelerators work and why are they important?
— Who are angel investors and what motivates them to invest?
— What are different structures of angel funds?
— How do entrepreneurs gain access to capital and mentorship in transitioning economies where private investors are not willing or able to provide the necessary resources into early stage capital vehicles?
— How do seed accelerators, angel investors, and venture capitalists measure success?
— What kinds of government and philanthropic incentives are available for seed accelerators, angel investors, and venture capitalists?
DISCUSSION: Share your experiences and thoughts with classmates on the role of seed accelerators, angel investing, venture capital, mentoring, etc. in your regional ecosystem.

6. Course Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead: June 2 – 8

KEY QUESTIONS:
— What does your entrepreneurial ecosystem look like?
— What role do you play in your entrepreneurial ecosystem?
— What are the opportunities and challenges in your entrepreneurial ecosystem?
DISCUSSION: Share your experiences and thoughts with classmates on the role of seed accelerators, angel investing, venture capital, mentoring, etc. in your regional ecosystem.

My Certificate:

https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/records/ayyQjezWLV5sTeTQ

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