Entrepreneurship and New Ventures

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Entrepreneurship and New Ventures

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of creating and managing entrepreneurial opportunities through both, a practical “hands on” and a theoretical approach. The course deals with entrepreneurship at every stage of the process by covering the following topics: evaluating new opportunities, formulating the business model, launching and growing startups, dealing with founding team/family dynamics, financing the entrepreneurial business, negotiating venture capital funding and exiting the venture. Conducted in English. More specifically, the areas covered within the course are:

    Types of entrepreneurship

    Skills and characteristics found in entrepreneurs

    Types of opportunity and how to find them

    Improving the business idea: lean startup

    Business model generation

    Building a high powered team

    Entrepreneurial finance: funding the venture. Venture capitalists and business angels.

    Management of a high growth venture

    Exiting the successful venture


    There are no prerequisites for taking this course . The course covers the entrepreneurial process and the way it typically unfolds, making it especially recommendable for students with an entrepreneurial orientation or willing to infuse that approach in family businesses (hence its elective nature).

    Course Goals and Methodology

    The key objectives of the course are:

    Understand what an opportunity is and what traits do good opportunities share.

    Put together all the jigsaw pieces necessary for the foundation of a venture through deliberate thought on the fundamental aspects of launching and growing the business.

    Learn what the best sources for financing a venture are and how to tap them.

    Observe how successful entrepreneurs manage their ventures in the context of high sales growth.

    Learn the challenges and dynamics of family businesses as they move through their lifecycles

    These objectives will be achieved through both, general theory sessions and theory into practice sessions. During the general theory sessions, students will be provided with practical frameworks to analyze decision making in an entrepreneurial setting. The theory into practice sessions are an arena in which students will work on solving reallife problems and cases having to do with the concepts covered in the general theory sessions. In these sessions, the group will analyze and discuss cases of successful new ventures (i.e.: Dropbox, Rent the runway or Chegg), watch videos of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and will be able to expose their ideas during the sessions.

    Learning Objectives General Skills:

    Capacity for analysis & synthesis;

    Problem-solving skills;

    Decision-making skills;

    Capacity for critical thinking;

    Collaborative learning/Teamwork skills;

    Leadership skills;

    Interpersonal skills;

    Ability to put theory into practice;

    Capacity for learning and refreshing knowledge;

    Autonomous learning skills/Self-sufficiency

    Instrumental Skills:

    Analysis and synthesis skills

    Organization and planning skills

    Oral and written communication in a foreign language

    Skills to obtain and analyze information from different sources

    Decision making and problem-solving skills

    Personal Skills:

    Team work and interpersonal relations skills

    Personal relations skills

    Ethical compromise within the work place

    Systemic skills:

    Autonomous learning skills



    Initiative and entrepreneurship

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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