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Funding Your Business (MOOC)

Funding Your Business (MOOC)

There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal -- such as personal savings and borrowing-- to the more formal avenues -- like bank loans, raising equity, and crowd funding. This course will provide you with the opportunity to consider what kinds of funds might help you with your new venture.


A successful business requires funding to get it started. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider the finance options available for your business. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan.

Through videos, activities and quizzes, this series of business courses introduce case studies of young entrepreneurs who are already on the journey. They share their business challenges with you and a panel of business advisers.

Through discussion and activities, you will have plenty of opportunity to define and work on your business plan, as well as helping others.

This is the final course in a series of six about ‘starting a business’ – a collection from the University of Leeds which has been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. All of the courses will help to enrich and extend your knowledge of a specific topic and develop your transferable skills. These courses will help you decide which subject to study at university and will give you examples and evidence when developing your university application. You can sign up to the other courses in this series through the Going to University collection.

What you’ll learn

Throughout the course you will join a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally.Each course is designed to complement your existing studies and aims to:

  • provide evidence for UCAS applications and prepare you for university
  • help you to gain new skills, think critically and learn independently
  • encourage online and social learning
  • develop collaborative and analytical skills
  • embed current research into your online learning

Starting date: 4 April 2016, 2 May 2016

Duration: 2 weeks, 2 hours/week

Language: English

Instructors: Emilee Simmons

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds



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