Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies [Free Course]

entrepreneurship MOOCThere are plenty of compelling stories about successful entrepreneurs and startups from Silicon Valley, where access to capital, technology, and talent is much easier than in other areas, but as Michael Goldberg, an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader, teaches in his popular massive online open course (MOOC), it’s possible to build a culture of entrepreneurship in areas far beyond the Valley.

“This is for entrepreneurs around the world and not a class about how you build a company but how do you understand communities and how resources are allocated” – Michael Goldberg

Last year’s free MOOC from Michael Goldberg, Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, attracted some 23,000 people from 183 countries around the world, and so the popular course is back for another session on Coursera. Goldberg will explore how the struggling economy of Cleveland Ohio has been able to create an ecosystem of private-public partnership organizations to transform that area’s entrepreneurial culture and attract sizable investments of venture capital and funding from angel investors.

“In transitioning markets (where entrepreneurs do not have much access to private sector financing), government officials, donors, and business leaders are experimenting with creative approaches to support the growth of entrepreneurs. Northeast Ohio, whose largest city is Cleveland, is one such community. During our time together in this course, we will be exploring some of these innovative approaches.”

The Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies course began on October 3rd, and is completely free to enroll in. The 6 week class requires about two to three hours of work per week, and is available with subtitles in Chinese (Simplified), Czech, French, Greek, Khmer, Macedonian, Persian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, and Vietnamese, which adds to its international appeal.

To register for the course, go to Coursera: Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies.

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