Entrepreneurship Essentials, Certificate

Entrepreneurship Essentials, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 1 month
Master a proven framework for building and financing new ventures, make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality, and speak the language of the start-up world. Entrepreneurship Essentials participants are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from HBX and Harvard Business School. 


Entrepreneurship Essentials Entrepreneurship Essentials introduces you to the entrepreneurial journey, from finding an idea, to gaining traction in the marketplace, to raising capital for your venture. In this online course, you will learn an overarching framework—People, Opportunity, Context, Deal—to evaluate opportunities, manage start-ups, and finance ventures. 

This framework has been taught to thousands of Harvard Business School MBA students over the past 30 years.

Entrepreneurship Essentials at HBX explains how entrepreneurs run structured experiments to validate ideas and refine business strategy. You will dive deep into the numbers behind how entrepreneurs and their investors make financial decisions to create value and grow their operations. 

Whether you are a current or aspiring entrepreneur, or someone who is looking to gain an understanding of how businesses are built, you will walk away from Entrepreneurship Essentials with the ability to:

  • Identify an opportunity
  • Evaluate an idea and assess the market
  • Appreciate the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship
  • Leverage experiments to validate your idea and refine your business strategy
  • Discover the key financial decisions any entrepreneur must make in the early stages of a new venture
  • Understand the process of raising capital and how to speak to investors
  • Learn from successful entrepreneurs and leading venture capitalists, as well as peers

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    It is free to apply and applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description

      Approximately 25 to 30 hours of material delivered over a four-week period.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Entrepreneurship Essentials consists of approximately 25 to 30 hours of material developed by Professor William A. Sahlman and delivered over a four-week period with a flexible program structure. 

You complete the coursework, which consists of a highly engaging mix of short videos, multimedia cases, interactive learning exercises, and written reflections, on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. 

All course material is delivered through the innovative HBX online platform. While there is no direct real-time interaction with the faculty built into the course, current and former participants may be invited to special events, both on and off-line, where HBX faculty are present.

Topics covered in the program include:
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Identifying and evaluating an opportunity
  • Building a business
  • Financing a business


Entrepreneurship Essentials is designed for individuals who may be considering starting their own business, first-time entrepreneurs with just the start of an idea (or in the early stages of their ventures), or individuals looking to join a start-up who want to understand the process of building a new business. 


William A. Sahlman - Professor Sahlman joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980. In addition to serving as co-chair of the Entrepreneurial Management unit, he has also been chairman of the board for Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation and Senior Associate Dean for External Relations.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Successful applicants will demonstrate a desire to contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community. 

All applicants must be 18 years of age and demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    950 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 950 USD for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
  • National Applies to you

    950 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 950 USD for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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