Entrepreneurship Course

Entrepreneurship Course

Short courses Online, open to everyone.

Launch your your great idea with our Entrepreneurship courses in Sydney.

Learn Entrepreneurship with our Entrepreneurship courses in Sydney – short courses open to everyone.

Cisco Networking Academy

The entrepreneurial spirit enables innovation, growth, and prosperity around the world and helps transform the economic and social landscape. Technology-based entrepreneurship can encourage innovative solutions and business opportunities to address challenges, enable personal achievement and business success, and help create jobs to grow and sustain local economies. This entrepreneurship course teaches business and financial skills, attitudes, and behaviours to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset that can empower them to improve their lives.

This entrepreneurship course incorporates a new approach to teaching and learning entrepreneurial skills with interactive, online case studies designed to help students learn business skills and apply networking capabilities within the context of starting a business.

The case studies introduce basic business and financial concepts through activities and scenarios that cultivate and reinforce the skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. The case studies promote:

  • Increased self-confidence and personal motivation.
  • Improved leadership skills and financial literacy.
  • Inspiration to start a small business.

Course Content

Charging for Expertise

How to identify personal skills, define a product or service, and determine pricing. Additional topics include presentation skills and customer service, retention, and loyalty programs.

  • Recognising expertise.
  • Generating income.
  • Creating a presentation.
  • Keeping records.
  • Providing good customer service.

In this case study, Michael Lam, a Networking Academy student, learns that his skills can become the foundation for a small business. But Michael will soon discover that there is more to charging for his expertise than just preparing an invoice.

Learning objectives
  • Identify skills that have value in the marketplace.
  • Explain the social, legal, and ethical responsibilities of an entrepreneur.
  • Describe the ways in which a business receives income.
  • Describe the basic elements of a customer sales presentation.
  • Organise important business records.
  • Explain tools that businesses use to grow.

Case Study: Starting an Internet Café

Introduces entrepreneurial thinking and explains how entrepreneurship differs from other employment opportunities. Business research tools are identified and a business plan is prepared.

  • Think like an entrepreneur.
  • Plan like an entrepreneur.
  • Decide like an entrepreneur.
  • Writing the business plan.

This case study follows two NetAcad students, Maria Taylor and Alex Jimenez, as they develop a business plan to solve a shared problem: the need for an efficient and cost-effective Internet access solution.
Business ownership concepts and terminology are explored throughout the case study.

Learning objectives
  • Define common business terminology.
  • Identify and research a business opportunity.
  • Explain the decision making process.
  • Practice the decision making process.
  • Work as part of a business team.
  • Prepare a simplified business plan.

Making a Business Successful

Explores how to help a business remain profitable by defining a change process, reviewing advantages and disadvantages of product changes, preparing a change plan, and communicating changes to all stakeholders.

  • Review the business plan.
  • Customer and market analysis.
  • Implement, evaluate, and anticipate change.
  • Revise the business plan.

In this case study, Maria and Alex are owners of an Internet Café that is not as profitable as they had forecasted. They follow the advice of their coach to evaluate their business and implement changes to the café.

Learning objectives
  • Define common marketing terminology.
  • Explain variances in sales and cost forecasting.
  • Identify frequently used marketing and communication tools.
  • Analyse research results.
  • Explain the change process.
  • Prepare a simplified growth plan.

Taking the Initiative

How to transfer skills from one type of employment to another to succeed in the marketplace. Reviews the legal aspects of business ownership, and discusses how to prepare a funding proposal.

  • Using social networks as a business tool.
  • Creating a consulting business.
  • Funding a new business.
  • Protecting the new business.

This case study introduces Pam, who has just learned about a project that aims to use new broadband capabilities to improve communications between local schools, libraries, and government educational offices. Pam has experience in setting up a broadband network from her previous job, but is unsure how her experience can transfer over to this new project.

Learning objectives
  • Use social media as a research, marketing, and sales tool.
  • Transfer skills acquired through previous employment or education to new employment opportunities.
  • Identify steps involved in establishing a consulting business.
  • Fund and operate a consulting business.

Enabling an E-Business

Defines e-business and introduces ways e-business applications can be used to solve business problems. Project management is introduced and the tools used to measure the success of a business are reviewed.

  • What is broadband?
  • Preparing the business to use broadband.
  • Assessing business performance.

Pam is a consultant who helps businesses use broadband Internet connectivity to solve problems. Mr Lee is a businessman who owns several laundries. He’s been in business a long time, but lately his sales have decreased and costs have risen.

This case study follows their progress as they research ways that the Internet can help Mr Lee’s business.

Learning objectives
  • Identify how broadband applications can be used in business.
  • Define a business problem.
  • Identify, evaluate, and choose e-business solutions.
  • Prepare an implementation plan.
  • Evaluate a business using business metrics.

Providing Outsource Services

Explores the importance of formalising business relationships through a contract, including the legal structure of a contract, a review of common business contracts, and the request for proposal and resulting bid.

  • Employment opportunities in contracting.
  • The role of contracts in business relationships.
  • The request for proposal.

In this case study, Michael Lam has successfully built a small computer services business. His friend Yuna recently graduated with an IT degree and is looking for work. After reading about a local broadband project that will bring high-speed Internet to homes and businesses, they’re interested in supporting the project as local contractors. Join them as they learn about the responsibilities of a contractor.

Learning objectives
  • Define the role of a contractor.
  • Explain how a contractor builds relationships with other businesses.
  • Define these relationships using contracts.
  • Determine where to find companies that are looking for contractors.
  • Explain how to contact potential customers.

Building a Contracting Business

Reviews several aspects of business ownership including resources, the decision making process, contracts, and research. Also introduces normal business structures, departmental responsibilities, and establishing business credit.

  • Identifying the business structure.
  • Creating a business structure.
  • Expanding the business structure.

This case study follows Michael and Yuna as they grow their contracting business. After responding to the Request for Proposal (RFP) and becoming installation contractors for Tele X, they have discovered that the work they are doing requires more than just installation skills. They might need more resources than they currently have.

Learning objectives
  • Review current business commitments and resources.
  • Identify needed resources.
  • Define a business structure to organise and optimise resources.
  • Develop ways to communicate within the business structure.
  • Explain the importance of good financial management.
  • Recognise expansion opportunities.

Delivery Style

Online, self-paced.

Course Prerequisites

This is an intermediate level course. No prerequisites required.

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