Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Darden | Mr. Deloitte Dreamer
GMAT 700, GPA 3.13
Kellogg | Ms. Kellogg Bound Ideator
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Digital Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.27
Kellogg | Mr. Hope-I-Get-In
GMAT 720, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Ms. Business, Tech & Education
GRE 332, GPA 3.5
SDA Bocconi | Mr. Hotel International
GMAT 570, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Career Coach
GRE 292, GPA 3.468
Wharton | Mr. Corporate Monster
GMAT 750, GPA 9.12/10.0
Columbia | Ms. Cybersecurity
GRE 322, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Federal Civilian
GMAT 780, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Cambridge Judge | Mr. Nuclear Manager
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
London Business School | Ms. Aussie Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Young Entrepreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Retail Innovator
GMAT 750, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Geography Techie
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Media Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.65
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10

Best Free MOOCs In Business For March

Ideas

Everyone has a “big idea.” Some treat it as a passion, a higher calling to shape a better world. Others regard their idea as a means of escape or a way to make a name. Either way, that idea is always there, a lodestar that offers hope and purpose as it draws other inspirations into its orbit.

For most, that “big idea” is just idle exercise. People tinker with it, even drafting specs or plans. In the end, the epiphany is the easy part. To breath life into an idea, you need more than unwavering commitment and a fearless embrace of the uncertain. Beating the odds also requires an understanding of the process every ideation goes through on the way to market.

NEW STARTUP MOOCS FROM WHARTON, VIRGINIA AND MICHIGAN STATE

You can learn these lessons by trial-and-error – or you can follow a less painful path: Taking advice from some of the best minds in entrepreneurship. In March, you’ll find many of the top MOOCs take their cue from the startup world, with an emphasis on creating, planning, scaling, innovating, and launching.

And it starts with “Entrepreneurship 2: Launching Your Startup.” Taught by some of Wharton’s most distinguished MBA professors, this MOOC introduces students to some of the key areas of building an organization, such as honing your model and strategy, building the right team, and executing the legal minutiae. Taking one step back, Michigan State’s “The Search for Great Ideas: Harnessing Creativity to Empower Innovation” amplifies Wharton’s lessons by exploring how prospective entrepreneurs come up with ideas in the first place. The course provides not only a process for forming ideas, but testing them early in the process.

Looking for a 30,000 foot on entrepreneurship? You can start with the University of Virginia’s “Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship.” One of the most recommended MOOCs for aspiring entrepreneurs, this course starts by helping students understand the entrepreneurial mindset before transitioning into bread-and-butter topics like researching, modeling, positioning, and pricing. The University of Maryland and Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) take a similar broad view, featuring a start-to-finish walk through the entire entrepreneurial process, covering everything from writing a business plan to benchmarking success to establishing partnerships. At the same time, the University of Rochester zeroes in on technology commercialization, an intensive development process that requires more time and resources than your standard bootstrap operation. Of course, no series of startup courses would be complete without a dose of “New Venture Finance,” the University of Maryland’s how-to for courting investors.

PRICING STRATEGY AND STRATEGIC PLANNING AMONG OTHER NEW RELEASES

You’ll also find several noteworthy topics covered this month. IE Business School addresses “Pricing Strategy,” documenting options to help maximize revenue without turning off customers. The University of Minnesota has introduced a new series on how to recruit and onboard employees just in time for upcoming graduations. The University of Virginia covers “Strategic Planning and Execution.” And the University of Illinois continues to reinforce its leadership role in business operations, with courses offered in organizational design and process improvement.

For students looking to build their financial acumen, the University of Geneva will be unveiling its “Meeting Investors Goals,” a MOOC offered in partnership with UBS that provides best practices for managing portfolios. The University of Michigan concludes its “Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing” specialization with a “Valuing Projects and Companies” MOOCs that pulls together the lessons from time value of money, risk and return, and alternative methodologies. For real back to basics instruction, Wharton is offering “Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models” to expose students to the full range of modeling and forecasting options available through spreadsheets.

To learn more about these courses – and register for them – click on the links below.

 

Entrepreneurship

 

Entrepreneurship 2: Launching Your Startup / March 7 / Wharton

The Search for Great Ideas: Harnessing Creativity to Empower Innovation / March 1 / Michigan State

From Idea to Startup / March / Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace / March 7 / University of Maryland

Technology Commercialization, Part 1: Setting up your Idea Filtering System / March 7 / University of Rochester

Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship / March 7 / University of Maryland

New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs / March 7 / University of Maryland 

 

Marketing and Management

 

Pricing Strategy / March 22 / IE Business School

Shaping the Future of Work / March 28 / MIT Sloan 

Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees / March 1 / University of Minnesota 

Designing the Organization: From Strategy to Organizational Structure / March / University of Illinois

Contagious: How Things Catch On / Wharton / March 14

Managing Responsibly: Practicing Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics / March 7 / University of Manchester

Leadership Through Social Influence / March 7 / Northwestern University

Strategic Planning and Execution / March 21 / University of Virginia

Process Improvement / March 16 / University of Illinois

Successful Interviewing / March 7 / University of Maryland

Time to Reorganize! Understand Organizations, Act, and Build a Meaningful World / March 7 / HEC Paris

Networking Leadership 101: Building Your Core Professional Network / March 15 / Acumen

 

Finance, Technology and Operations

 

Meeting Investors’ Goals / March / University of Geneva

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models / March / Wharton

Valuing Projects and Companies / March 7 / University of Michigan

Valuation: Alternative Methods / March 7 / University of Michigan

 

Additional Courses