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Develop a flexible graduate degree program specifically for online entrepreneurs.

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Many business schools offer courses and fully-fledged degree programs in entrepreneurship. Meeting the needs of specifically online entrepreneurs would require a more interdisciplinary and specialized approach than generally exists.

Two graduate degree programs at American University's innovative School of Communications serve as my inspiration here: their MA in Interactive Journalism  and, especially, the new MA in Media Entrepreneurship (offered in conjunction with the Kogod School of Business). 

The Media Entrepreneurship degree was designed for "smart early or mid-career people from journalism, NGOs, advocacy, government, technology, public communication and more who are motivated and excited about bringing an idea to fruition," basically anyone interested in developing an idea into an entrepreneurial venture.

This is not purely academic: participants are encouraged and supported to launch the startup they design during the ten-month program. And they do not have to quit their jobs to go back to school. Classes meet one night per week and every other Saturday. Courses include entrepreneurship and innovation; communication law; media technology management, finance and marketing with topics ranging from "gauging the marketplace, to crafting a business plan, to developing a prototype, to managing technology and learning how to build and engage audiences."

There are take-aways from these degree programs at AU (and other programs at places like MIT and Stanford) to combine, tweak and develop in response to the needs of online entrepreneurs envisioned by the European Commission's Digital Agenda Assembly.

Could be very fun, too...


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Want to add MIT/Stanford VLab into the mix, too...

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And Injaz, too.

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