Learning outcome

Orientation to entrepreneurship is a free Open Online Course designed for learners who want to explore the nature of entrepreneurship and gain knowledge about planning and financing a new start-up business.

This online micro-course was customized for independent study for North-West University students registered for the Becoming an entrepreneur.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Review the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, outline a business plan and identify appropriate sources of funding to grow a start-up bussiness.


Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define entrepreneurship
  • Identify the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
  • Examine the key questions an entrepreneur should answer before starting a business
  • Explain the purpose and benefits of a business plan
  • Outline the different elements of a business plan
  • Write an executive summary for a business plan, for a start-up business
  • Read and interpret basic financial statements of a business
  • Identify financing options for new business start-ups
  • Develop digital literacies which are critical for business success in the 21st Century.