Have a business idea? Get funded with Coursera

Unattributed, Coursera Blog, Dec 12, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

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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