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Business Plans for Startups

An intense and focused course for early stage start-ups and new businesses to achieve success with their business plan.
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Join the azLearning Financial Education Series for an intense and focused course for early stage start-ups and new businesses designed to achieve success with their business plans. Build an effective business plan and a high quality executive summary. Approach your next steps with your new venture with confidence.

Who is the target audience?
  • For new startups and businesses less than 3 years old
  • For startups who need a time-efficient business plan
  • For new ventures who want a fresh and energetic approach to business plans
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What Will I Learn?
To understand business plan realities
To avoid business plan time wasters
How to build an effective business plan
How to build a high quality executive summary
Understanding other planning tools and strategies
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  • Enthusiasm for entrepreneurship
  • Regular computer software
Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
2 Lectures 12:25
An introduction to the azLearning Financial Education Series and the course: Business Plans for Startups. The instructor, who this course is for, course goals and the approach to business plan development are introduced.
Preview 04:35

Business Plan Realities reviews and discusses the quote that will set startups free, how not to waste time with business plans and what can be learned from recent billion dollar business plans.

Preview 07:50
Producing the Business Plan
3 Lectures 33:20

The Plan I lecture introduces the business plan. It compares the pitch with the business plan. Recommendations about how to organize, structure and deliver the pitch are included. The importance of the introduction and conclusion is reviewed. Comments about the call-to-action within the pitch are noted.

The Plan I

The business plan is introduced. A 9-section business plan outline is provided and reviewed. Business plan examples, recommendations, strategies and startup ideas are examined.
The Plan II

The Executive Summary is introduced and compared to the business plan.  An Executive Summary template is reviewed with an analysis of the key content elements. The strategic importance of The Executive Summary is emphasized.
The Executive Summary
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5 Lectures 10:31
Financing options for your startup. The importance of The Executive Summary in raising capital for your business is re-emphasized. Recommendations for working with Angel investors are provided.  Legal counsel for fundraising is noted.

The course conclusion to Business Plans for Startups.

Additional motivating and interesting startup quotes to encourage you to think and get started.

Preview 02:33

We thought we would illustrate a contrasting view concerning the comments we made about the SWOT analysis tool in Lecture 2. The bottom line here is this: do not chase down every possible internet start-up article and include the material in your plan.

How to Add More Pages to Your Business Plan (not what we want to do)
4 pages

Additional quotes to consider and which may inspire entrepreneurs. We have found many quotes help inform from a different perspective and also may spur innovation and creativity.

Preview 4 pages

An engaging and fun quiz for our course, Business Plans for Startups.

Startup Quiz
15 questions
About the Instructor
4.5 Average rating
4 Reviews
50 Students
2 Courses

Lawrence Jakows is a Director for azLearning and is presently involved in private equity. Lawrence is currently focused on the intersection of technology, learning and global finance. He has led several product launches and worldwide marketing campaigns.

Prior to founding azLearning, he held positions at Merrill Lynch as a CFM and with Harris Corporation in financial analysis.

Lawrence speaks at industry events.

Lawrence received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his BS from Villanova University.

He currently lives in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

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