Compared with domestic entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship has much more resources to leverage and much bigger chance to succeed. The Global Entrepreneurship course focuses on becoming an international entrepreneur to leverage global resources, global market, and global ecosystem.
The course is designed as a broad overview of entrepreneurship, including identifying a winning business opportunity, gathering funding for and launching a business, growing the organization and harvesting the rewards. The course elements include the followings:
- Case discussions
- Guest speakers
- Topical readings
- Team projects
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the concept of startup and entrepreneurship;
- Understand how to identify opportunities in entrepreneurship;
- Understand the key concepts associated with startup and its operation such as business model, the value proposition, business plan, and others;
- Understand the process, action items, and the factors in launching startups;
- Have the necessary knowledge and skills in forming right business model, creating great business plan, and pitching appropriate international investors;
- Build the skills to leverage global technology transfer, find global resources, build global ecosystem, and prepare for global expansion;
- Develop strategy for global success.
In the class, students will interact with entrepreneurs from the United States and create startups. The course is designed for students in all majors.
No prerequisites are needed to take the course.
The course is taught by a group of inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs from U.S. multi-national companies.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
By leveraging advanced Internet video collaboration technology, the world-class professionals from the United States give real-time lectures to students, interact with the students, and guide the students in conducting projects.
Students will complete the entire coursework in the AAFIE global learning community, a platform specifically designed to promote global perspective, cross-cultural communication,
international collaboration, and critical and creative thinking skills. In the learning community, students are guided by international mentors from multinational companies in the United States. Students submit their coursework to the global community, present their solutions to the global community, receive feedback from the global community, and complete projects in the global community, making students learn in a true global context.
The course is mostly about real-world international experience, therefore, there are no textbooks, but students are required to read and research prior to class sessions. Students
will leverage Internet contents for project assignments and use live recordings for class review.
To complete the course, a total of 32 sessions (without project coach sessions) or 48 sessions (with project coach sessions) is required. The course is divided into two parts for each session:
- Entrepreneurial mindset
- Entrepreneur project
COURSE GRADING POLICY
Classroom Participations/Responses: 20%
Final Exam: 30%
Attendance is mandatory for all class sessions. Students are subject to losing points for absences unless prior approval is obtained from Instructors or Teaching Assistants. Students receiving excused absences are required to watch the class recordings online as well as to fulfill any/all course requirements associated with missed class sessions.
The recommended number of credits for the course is 2 or 3 depending on whether or not the optional part is implemented.