Have a business idea? Get funded with Coursera

Unattributed, Coursera Blog, Dec 12, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I'll give Coursera the prize here for innovative business strategy as it blends one of its open courses with a series of presentations of new business ideas to venture capitalists, who in turn may fund some of the ideas. I assume (?) Coursera gets some portion of the returns the VCs receive. But as usual, it's students who pay most of the shot, a total of $196 for the course (which Coursera brands as 'three courses'). So the lure here is 'get rich quick' and the payment seems low in comparison to the payoff - except, I wonder just how many of them will ever get near to launching a successful business. This is one of those MOOCs where completion stats do matter.

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