You'll do most of the work in groups of three or four, however, sometimes you'll have to work individually.
Part 1. Weeks 1-2. Discover what startup is and decide what you would bring to the society. Would it be a product or a service.
Step 1 (individual work). Watch the videos about startups (see the link in the bottom of the section). Learn the differences between small business and startup. Decide what type of business you would prefer. Point out elements that lead to success. Match the most important of them. Make a list of products and services (at least 3) that you may develop as business.
Step 2 (group work). Groups are divided by the choice of business type. Decide the core idea of your business.
Part 2. Weeks 3-4. Prepare your business plan.
Step 1 (individual work). Watch the video about how to write a business-plan (see the link in the bottom of the section). List paragraphs of a business plan.
Step 2 (group work). Prepare some parts of a business plan including the following:
- Business details;
- Marketing & sales strategy;
- Management team & personnel;
Set up group blogs (see the link Create Your Blog in the bottom of the section) and post each point step by step showing any used additional materials.
Part 3. Weeks 5-6. Decide whether you would outsource some of business processes.
Step 1 (individual work). Watch the videos about outsourcing (see the link in the bottom of the section). Write down how outsourcing can boost your business? Why outsourcing may be bad for business?
Step 2 (group work). Discuss and decide whether your business need to outsource any process. If no – prove why. If yes – list business processes you would outsource and where.
Part 4. Weeks 7-8. Learn what does CSR stand for? Write an essay.
Step 1 (individual work). Watch the videos about Corporate Social Responsibility (see the link in the bottom of the section). List the elements of CSR and successful ways of engaging in it.
Step 2 (individual work). Write a small essay on what you have watched. It shall be about 1.5 - 3 pages (Times New Roman, font size 12 pt). Try to avoid retelling: include your own thoughts, ideas, associations. Is it necessary to follow CSR concept and why?
Step 3 (whole class). Discuss whether it is necessary to follow CSR concept and why.
Part 5. Weeks 9-10. Chose how your business will follow CSR policy and prepare presentation of your business plan.
Step 1 (group work). Decide whether your business will be engaged in CSR and how. Argue your decision.
Step 2 (group work). Prepare a presentation of your business-plan including outsourcing and CSR policies.
Part 6. Week 11-12. Assess the projects.
Step 1 (group work). Present your business plan all together in front of the whole class.
Step 2 (whole class). Assess your peers' business plans and vote for the most competitive one.