Free Online Classes for Entrepreneurs

John Jellinek
2 min readAug 20, 2020

Entrepreneurs have become the new rock stars of the 21st century. Those who want to join the ranks of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Gary Vaynerchuk will learn about free online courses that they can take to figure out the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. Best of all, every one of these courses are 100% free to take.

Launching Your Startup (Wharton/University of Pennsylvania)

In “ Launching Your Startup “, some of the lessons that a learner can glean from the course include some of the following subjects:

  • Team building lessons
  • Building a professional network
  • Bringing your brand to marker
  • Building a minimum viable product (MVP)

Professional Resilience: Building Skills to Thrive at Work (Deakin University)

Here are some of the lessons that a learner can gain from this free online course :

  • Steps to becoming more resilient
  • Performing self-care to recharge
  • How to deal with difficult work situations
  • How to develop resiliency in both your work and professional life

Financing and Profitability (Wharton/University of Pennsylvania)

It’s not easy to start a profitable business from the very first day. This free course from Coursera will teach someone some of the following lessons:

  • Learning to create the right business models
  • Learning how to keep customers coming back
  • Figuring out the very best financing for your business
  • Learning how to calculate such figures as burn rate, your break-even point, as well as other financial metrics and milestones
  • Learning the best way to pitch potential investors
  • Figuring out under which circumstances you should exit

Nuts and Bolts of Business Plans (Sloan School of Management/MIT)

Some of the valuable lessons that a person will learn from this free MIT course includes the following subjects:

  • Making your business idea presentable
  • Creating marketing and sales plans
  • Choosing the best business model for yourself
  • Learning how to create financial projections
  • Planning for accounting, copyright, and legal issues
  • Figuring out how to execute your plan

Originally published at on August 20, 2020.



John Jellinek

John Jellinek is the President of the private equity investment firm Jelco Ventures, Inc. John Founded the company in 1971 |