Romy Kraemer, Florian Hoffmann, Katherin Kirschenmann, Mei Wang, and Rouven Steinfeld

The DO School Start-Up Lab

  • MOOC
  • English
  • Interdisciplinary

About this course

Course Summary

Have an idea that you cannot get out of your head? It’s time to make it a reality! This course is tailored for those who already have an idea for a start-up and want to learn from seasoned experts about all the areas you need to think of before starting-up. Muhammad Yunus, Scilla Elworthy, Jean-Remy von Matt and 34 other leaders share their secrets to success in the DO School Start-Up Lab. Stop wondering, start DOing!

When does the course start?

The course will go live with chapter 1 on the 28th June 2014 at 3.45 pm (GMT+1). Chapter 2 will be activated on the 8th July and from then on another chapter on Tuesday every week until the final chapter opens on the 26th August, 2014.

What will I learn?

  • Have a clear idea about the societal relevance and value added by their venture and a plan for maximizing their social impact
  • Have consolidated the project and resource planning for their venture
  • Have developed their revenue model and financing strategy and taken first steps to fundraising for their venture
  • Have defined their legal and organizational requirements and taken the first steps towards the set-up of their organization
  • Have defined their human resource strategy and needs and taken action to meet them
  • Know what is unique about their venture and how they communicate it to their target groups

What do I have to know?

No specific skills are required other than passion for an issue or opportunity that you want to address for the better of your society. However, this course is ideal for people who already have a concrete start-up idea as it supports the actual implementation of relevant first steps in implementing such an idea. It doesn’t matter whether you want to create a not-for-profit or for-profit venture. If you don’t have a concrete idea yet, the course will be valuable to distill your idea and find out about what it takes to start-up successfully.


If you really work on implementing your venture idea, we expect you to commit at least 12 hours a week in order to complete the course materials, make use of the worksheets and do the necessary research and work to start implementing your venture. If you just take the course as a primer and because you think about starting something up soon, you will need about 3-4 hours minimum per week.

Do I get a certificate?

Students can earn the official Statement of Participation by completing at least 80% of the course requirements.

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