Case Western Reserve University professor creating free online course for entrepreneurs

A Case Western Reserve University professor will use a $69,000 grant to help develop a free online course on how communities can support and grow new companies – with a focus on Northeast Ohio, reports.

The non-credit course, likely to be taken by tens of thousands across the world, will explore how an area going through an economic transition launched an array of government and donor-supported initiatives to support the growth of entrepreneurs.

“This is for entrepreneurs around the world and not a class about how you build a company but how do you understand communities and how resources are allocated,” said Michael Goldberg, an assistant professor at the Weatherhead School of Management.

CWRU received the grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, which invests in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.

Most of the money will be used to hire North Water Partners, a consulting and video production firm, and a director to create about seven or eight 10-minute “mini-documentaries” of local entrepreneurs and the resources they used, Goldberg said.

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