Students looking for entrepreneurship programs online can find an assortment of entrepreneurship classes that do not cost anything. Some of these courses are part of online entrepreneur certificate programs, while others may be stand-alone courses, tutorials, or lectures. There are also a variety of free online business management courses and free online continuing education courses for business professionals that may be beneficial to entrepreneurs. Here we focus on 7 universities that offer some of these free online courses specifically in entrepreneurship.
Schools with Free Entrepreneurship Courses
The following schools offer free entrepreneurship courses online, often self-paced classes, though they do not offer certification or degrees for finishing their courses unless you pay a fee.
1. Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is home to the online My Own Business Institute that offers 2 free online courses in entrepreneurship. Students can choose from the courses Starting a Business or Business Expansion, each of which have 15 self-paced sessions. For example, the Starting a Business course uses these different sessions to cover topics in:
- Business planning
- Permits and licenses
2. Stanford University
Stanford University has its own eCorner where students can access free, online lectures covering a variety of topics. Within these series the lectures cover topics in innovation, strategy, startups, and culture. Students can watch lectures such as 'Two Generations of Entrepreneurship' or 'Building an Entrepreneurial Career' to learn about different entrepreneurial strategies and experiences.
Stanford also has an online professional certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship that does cost money, but offers a free introductory course. This Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship course gives students access for 60 days and provides course materials for download.
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) archives almost all of its course content on the Open Courseware site for free access. Within this site students can choose from 2,400 courses and explore the syllabus, lecture notes, readings, and assignments from the courses. Specifically for entrepreneurship, the website offers content from courses like Entrepreneurial Marketing, Developmental Entrepreneurship, Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurial Sales.
4. The University of California-Irvine
Through the University of California-Irvine (UCI) Open website, the university offers several free lectures that cover topics in entrepreneurship. These lectures were recorded during the university's 2011 Entrepreneur Forum and discuss topics in creating an elevator pitch for your business and how to conduct a market assessment when starting your own business.
5. Open University
Open University offers a variety of free, online courses in the subject of entrepreneurship. These courses are available at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels and may take around 3 to 20 hours to complete, depending on the level of the course. This provider offers courses in subjects like entrepreneurial behavior, the first steps in entrepreneurship, supply chains, and different kinds of businesses.
6. The University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School of Business from the University of Pennsylvania has a series of free, online videos from the Wharton Entrepreneurs Workshop posted to Youtube. The workshop consists of 42 different videos covering a wide range of entrepreneurial topics, such as venture investing, the challenges of starting a business, pricing, and market trends.
7. Kutztown University
Kutztown University has a Small Business Development Center that offers free online learning programs. These 44 free online programs make the school one of the largest collections of free entrepreneurial training resources and covers topics in business planning, management, marketing, finance, and legal issues. All of the courses are available 24/7 and provide updated content.