The U.S. Embassy in Athens partnered with the ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece and business incubator Metavallon to offer a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the popular Coursera platform, with Greek content, for the first time! People from all corners of the world will come together to entrepreneurship in an open course entitled “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies.”
The course, which runs April 28 until June 9, 2014 has been designed by Professor Michael Goldberg of Case Western Reserve University, and offers insight into how entrepreneurial ecosystems develop in economies that go through hardship and crisis. The course offers practical information on how aspiring entrepreneurs can identify and tap into available resources, as well as get support from intermediary organizations and networks such as incubators and accelerators. Professor Goldberg will be using the example of Cleveland, Ohio and several other transitioning economies around the world, such as Vietnam and Turkey, to highlight the opportunities and hurdles in different entrepreneurial environments.
“Our goal is to reach local audiences and at the same time discuss entrepreneurship in a hands-on, practical way, offering the American university experience plus face-to-face interaction with business experts from local Greek communities,” reads an Alba press release.
Program coordinators have been working with a professional cinematographer and crew to develop a series of videos featuring Greek entrepreneurs, funding experts, and government officials in a series of 36 interviews. Several of the Greek business leaders and thinkers include Ioanna-Sapfo Pepelasis, Aristos Doxiadis, Alexander Trimis, Dimitris Stratakis, Artemis Saitakis, and Apostolos Apostolakis. The Greek content will cover universities, support organizations, financing institutions, startup entrepreneurs, family businesses, and government. It is the first time that a MOOC will have such extensive content from Greece.
Registration is open to all and free of charge. In addition to the weekly course sessions online, the program includes four meet-ups in four different Greek cities to bring students together to discuss what they have learned. Meet ups will be held in Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, and Ioannina and will feature additional footage from Greek interviewees, Q&A with the Greek academic liaisons from ALBA Graduate Business School on the topics of the course, and guest speakers based on each week’s theme.
You can join this unique learning experience and register for free at www.alba.edu.gr/mooc.