Planning a business start-up
Develop a business plan for a start-up business.
What’s it about?
In this micro course you will prepare a business plan and presentation for a startup business including reference to legal forms of business, and moral, legal and ethical business behaviours.
What will I learn?
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Review legal forms for a business
- Identify the questions to ask when choosing an appropriate form of ownership for a business
- Select and justify an appropriate form of ownership for a selected business startup
- Recognise different approaches for developing a business plan and the role of prototyping a product or service
- Analyse an example of a business model startup
- Prepare a business plan for a selected startup
- Prepare a business presentation based on the business plan
- Differentiate moral, legal and ethical business behaviours
- Discuss how ethical behaviour impacts on business decisions for a selected business startup
- Investigate the relationships among entrepreneurial intentions, culture, gender and new venture creation
- Appraise the value of mentors and professional advisers for a business startup
There are four learning pathways, each containing numerous resources and activities. The learning pathways are:
- Legal forms of business
- Business ethics
- Business mentorship
- Business planning
This micro-course forms part of the larger Introduction to Entrepreneurship course of study coupled with IENT101 and IENT103. On completion of the three associated micro-courses, if learners wish, they can be assessed for academic credit.
Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web-browsing skills are recommended, with the ability to create a blog and use online communication tools (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.) You are requested to keep a personal learning journal, as reflection has been shown to markedly increase learning.
The course and assessments are conducted in English. This is a university level course and you should be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English.
Image credit: Business plan mind map, by Rawpixel, dedicated to the public domain.
The course materials were assembled from the curriculum outline developed by Thomas Edison State University.