Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Are you too busy to be a full-time student for 10 weeks while looking, at the same time, to increase your understanding of the state of art in Entrepreneurship? If yes, we have the solution. Enrol in our online course Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries and you will have a quick, yet a rigorous access to the core readings in the field of Entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship, i.e. the creation and growth of new businesses, is at the heart of Schumpeter’s process of ‘creative destruction’ and is widely viewed as a process generating employment, income and economic development.  For developing and least developed countries alike, policies are designed to stimulate the start-up of new firms and even more importantly, the evolution of small business into a larger size firm and operating with more advanced technologies.  But while the importance of entrepreneurship for employment and income generation is well supported, not all entrepreneurial undertakings appear conducive to economic growth.  Indeed, many developing countries have large informal economies, where turnover of micro-businesses is overwhelming, yet without generating stable and high quality jobs.  Many small firms have difficulties in evolving into medium and large size companies, encountering important barriers to entrepreneurship and growth.  Personal, cultural and institutional factors influence the allocation of entrepreneurial talent and the survival and growth performance of the entrepreneurial firms, determining the contribution of entrepreneurship to growth.

The course is designed to study a number of topics in this field of the literature to enable the student to understand the research debate and policy discussions on dynamic entrepreneurship and private sector development.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Candidates with any educational background are welcome to enrol.

ECTS (credits obtained): Participants may receive 1,5 ECTS upon the successful completion of the assignments and an exam.

Costs: Participants may opt for one of the three choices of cost-enrolment.

  • 250 euro: Basic course enrolment (no assignment with feedback, no course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 500 euro: Certified course enrolment (assignment with feedback, course certificate with pass/fail, no ECTS credits)
  • 600 euro: Accredited course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, oral exam and if successful, 1,5 ECTS credits)

Courses are developed based on open educational resources. Course materials can be obtained by the participant him/herself, or will be shared on the electronic learning environment.

Starting the course: Upon successful enrolment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials.

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