Even if your university offers entrepreneurship courses that you can take for credit, or not, we recommend that you take more courses to reinforce the learning and also get different perspectives.

Below is a list of free courses, as well as “paid”. With some of these, you can earn certificates as well if that is important to you.

Global Online Entrepreneurship Class

Entrepreneurship for Life Sciences and Healthcare Startups

Master Class Direct from Silicon Valley

This global online class provides the information and resources to help you explore life sciences/healthcare innovation from the vantage point of the world’s most successful startup ecosystem, Silicon Valley. 


Learn practical information about entrepreneurship guided by expert participants in the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem, delivered by a preeminent life sciences/medical institution, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).    We focus on startups that can have the potential to positively impact human health at scale.  Whether your interest is therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics or healthtech/digital health, you will find this course highly relevant.  You will access an unparalleled network of colleagues in North America and globally. Expand your knowledge and impact.

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Dates:  March 31 to June 2, weekly 1.5-hour lectures for 10 weeks, plus additional interactive sessions

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• Master’s Degrees
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Demystifying Entrepreneurship Rural Colorado Workshop Series

Demystifying Entrepreneurship workshops, hosted across the state of Colorado, are an interactive certificate course for anyone interested in launching his or her own business or improving upon an existing business. It provides a fundamental framework and toolset that helps entrepreneurs develop sought-after products and services, avoid pitfalls and succeed at entrepreneurship. These unique programs allow the University of Colorado Boulder and Leeds School greater exposure to mountain communities and potential partnerships in the future. Exposure to these mountain communities will provide potential data sources for research in the future. In turn, the small mountain communities are impacted through the University of Colorado Boulder’s knowledge that will lead to better economic viability and sustainability.

Customer Discovery and Re-discovery Webinar

This interactive webinar provides tips, best practices and a process for customer discovery and customer rediscovery in an era where markets are changing rapidly. Companies need to continue interacting with their clients and contacts to increase market knowledge, meet customer needs and enable growth.

Online Entrepreneurship Course from Cornell University and the Bank of America Institute

Student women entrepreneurs at the undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and PhD levels from all over the world can register for the online program, which is offered at no cost. The online curriculum was created by professors from Cornell University, and covers topics such as customer discovery techniques, legal considerations, funding options, product development, digital marketing, and communications skills.. There are six courses in the series, and learners can earn a certificate by successfully completing the course.

Free “Clinic” from the University of Pennsylvania

The Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School has provided the “ELC StartUp Kit” for student entrepreneurs.  Most of this content is USA-centric. A short course with such, there are a series of webinars and videos covering the following subjects:

USA Small Business Administration (SBA)

Offers over 30 free courses. Included in this collection of basic courses is “How to Write a Business Plan”, “Intro to Accounting”, “Legal Requirements” and  “Government Contract Proposals’

How to Start a Startup

Good free course for student entrepreneurs, it’s a partnership between Stanford and Y Combinator.

Its time to Play Moneyball

This is the original blog post from Steve Blank in 2013 that overviews the investment readiness level (IRL) and the lean startup methodology.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Connects Series from Spring of 2019


Stanford Technology Ventures Program – Educator’s Corner

Home Page for eCorner

STVP – Entrepreneurial Thought Leader’s Series, Stanford has generously provided its Though Leader’s Series from Silicon Valley in both video and podcast format.

Self-Paced Course: From Idea to Enterprise – 5th Edition.

If you are an aspiring student technology entrepreneur, and find your campus lacking in a good course in the subject or just can’t fit one into your course schedule, you may want to consider making your own course and using the book by Byers, Dorf and Nelson.  Tom Byers is the founder of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at Stanford University. You can find a link to the book here:

Below are supplemental videos for each chapter. All of the participants spoke or were interviewed in front of students who took Byer’s Technology Ventures course and attended the Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series that was traditionally held on Friday afternoons.  You’ll recognize more than a few of the speakers and companies in this series.

This book / series is especially good for engineering undergraduates who haven’t had a course in entrepreneurship or business yet. The book will cost a couple of hundred dollars but for some of you it will be well worth the spend and pay off in dividends. Many of the examples are from Silicon Valley, and this will further enhance your awareness and vocabulary when talking to others in the future about your venture or theirs.

Supplemental Chapter Videos (from the eCornell at Stanford University).

Chapter 1: The Role and Promise of Entrepreneurship https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-1-the-role-and-promise-of-entrepreneurship/

Chapter 2: Opportunities https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-2-opportunities/

Chapter 3: Vision and the Business Model https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-3-vision-business-model/

Chapter 4: Competitive Strategy https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-4-competitive-strategy/

Chapter 5: Innovation Stategies: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-5-innovation-strategies/

Chapter 6: Business Plans  https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-6-business-story-plan/

Chapter 7:  Risk and Return: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-7-risk-return/

Chapter 8: Creativity and Product Development: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-8-creativity-product-development/

Chapter 9: Marketing and Sales: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-9-marketing-sales/

Chapter 10: Types of Ventures: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-10-types-ventures/

Chapter 11: Intellectual Property: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-11-intellectual-property/

Chapter 12: The New Enterprise Organization: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-12-new-enterprise-organization/

Chapter 13: Acquiring and Organizing Resources: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-13-acquiring-organizing-resources/

Chapter 14:  Management of Operations: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-14-management-operations/

Chapter 15:  Acquisitions and Global Expansion: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-15-acquisitions-global-expansion/

Chapter 16: Profit and Harvest https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-16-profit-harvest/

Chapter 17: The Financial Plan  https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-17-financial-plan/

Chapter 18: Sources of Capital https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-18-sources-capital/

Chapter 19: Deal Presentations and Negotiations: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-19-deal-presentations-negotiations/

Chapter 20: Leading Ventures to Success:  https://ecorner.stanford.edu/article/chapter-20-leading-ventures-success/

Free Y Combinator Startup Class from Platzi

How to Run a One Person Online Business

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