About this Course

In this course, you’ll learn how to pitch your business and secure the funding you’ll need to launch your new company. We’ll show you how to write clear, compelling, and targeted mission and vision statements, set quarterly and annual goals, and find mentors, co-founders, and contractors to provide help along the way. This will help you establish a strong foundation for your business and confidently pursue viable funding models, including bootstrapping, crowdsourcing, accelerators, incubators, and more. As the culmination of all of your hard work, you'll complete the course by developing your own unique pitch deck that you can use to secure investment, and launch your business.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 3 weeks
Skill Level
Intermediate
Included in Course
  • Rich Learning Content

  • Interactive Quizzes

  • Taught by Industry Pros

  • Self-Paced Learning

  • Student Support Community

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Course Leads

  • Shanea King-Roberson
    Shanea King-Roberson

    Instructor

  • Joe Nyzio
    Joe Nyzio

    Course Developer

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Set Your Goals

  • Write your mission and vision statements
  • Set your milestones
  • Decide on the steps you plan to take to reach these goals.
Lesson 1

Set Your Goals

  • Write your mission and vision statements
  • Set your milestones
  • Decide on the steps you plan to take to reach these goals.
Lesson 2

Define the Skills You Need

  • Prepare to start building your team by analyzing your goals
  • Evaluate your needs, and identify your skill gaps.
Lesson 2

Define the Skills You Need

  • Prepare to start building your team by analyzing your goals
  • Evaluate your needs, and identify your skill gaps.
Lesson 3

Build Your Team

  • Find co-founders and mentors
  • Get started with freelancers and employees
Lesson 3

Build Your Team

  • Find co-founders and mentors
  • Get started with freelancers and employees
Lesson 4

Get Capital for Your Business

  • Bootstrapping, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists
  • Think about incubators, and accelerators as options for financing your business.
Lesson 4

Get Capital for Your Business

  • Bootstrapping, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists
  • Think about incubators, and accelerators as options for financing your business.
Lesson 5

Create Your Pitch Deck

  • Build your story
  • Prepare a pitch deck you can use to gain customers or secure investment.
Lesson 5

Create Your Pitch Deck

  • Build your story
  • Prepare a pitch deck you can use to gain customers or secure investment.

Prerequisites and Requirements

This course has no formal prerequisites, but you will get a lot more out of the instruction and exercises if you’ve completed the following courses: Product Design, App Monetization, Rapid Prototyping, and App Marketing.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

By taking this course, you'll master critical steps necessary for the ultimate success of your new business. You'll learn how to define your vision and how to build a team around that vision. You'll then learn how to transform your vision into an engaging story that will inspire investors to fund your business.

You’ll do this by learning from some of the top voices in Silicon Valley, including Matt Kaufman, VP of Operations at Crunchbase, Gil Ben-Artzy, Co-Founder of UpWest Labs, and Gigi Levy-Weiss, Founding Partner of NFX Guild. Hear from successful entrepreneurs, including Noam Schwartz of SimilarWeb, Krispy Uccello of Google, and Art Gillespie of Udacity.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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