Coursera offers insight for entrepreneurial Greek hopefuls
Coursera's online education platform has changed the way the world learns with its impressive array of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). But its partnership with indigenous and international bodies to deliver a live entrepreneurship course with specialist Greek content shows that local knowledge still matters.
The 'Beyond Silicon Valley' MOOC on entrepreneurship has gathered an impressive following among budding entrepreneurs, and the decision to partner with local organisations to deliver a course, networking sessions and original video content directly relevant to Greece is a sign of bigger things to come. Both for Coursera and for Greece.
For the online educator it shows that trailblazers need not operate alone. Rather, they can (and should) form part of larger networks that engage for mutual benefit. By facilitating connections between these new partners and a network of hungry innovators, Coursera establishes itself as a facilitator between economic Goliaths and innovative Davids, as well as gaining mainstream acceptance in the business world.
For the Greek economy, this event shows that alternative models can help aspiring entrepreneurs to revitalise the economy and invite investors in. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the teaming up of local social enterprises like Metavallon and representatives of international money like the US Embassy is a strong sign of growth in the startup ecosystem. One that should be welcomed across the region.