Capstone Course: Start Up Your Fintech Future

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Overview

This is the final course in the Fintech Emerging Markets specialization. This course assumes you have completed the first three courses of this specialization. For this capstone project, you will need to prepare a business model canvas and pitch for your startup. This will involve identifying opportunities for a new service, product, or application, assessing the regulatory context and proposing appropriate fintech or non-fintech technologies. The three main parts of the business plan are to (i) the business challenge statement - identifying opportunities for new services and the customers (ii) a business model canvas, which will include a feasibility analysis that includes assessing the regulatory context, and (iii) presenting a video pitch which includes developing a pitch deck.

Syllabus

Your Business Challenge
-Welcome to the course specialization project. Congratulations on making it here! We are so excited you are taking this next step in pursuit of your startup idea. This course is not content-focused, but offers you the opportunity to develop your startup idea, and create actual outputs like a business model canvas, a pitch deck and even a video pitch if you’re keen. In this first week, we take it easy, with optional peer review assessment. This provides an opportunity to explore your ideas and business challenge if you have not already done so.

Your Business Model Canvas
-This week you are going to create your business model canvas. You would have heard about this business planning tool from Rael and Sarah-Anne in the previous course, but now it’s your chance to complete it. This tool pushes you to think about your customers, resources, cost structures and more.

Creating Your Pitchdeck
-This week we move on to the pitch. The startup world is filled with competitions and events around the world where you get the opportunity to present your pitch.You have a very short amount of time to get your story and message across. For the next two weeks we will explore how to create and present your pitch deck for investors.

Delivering your Pitch
-Congratulations on reaching week 4. You’re in the final stretch. This week is taking initiative to film your pitch and making it a reality. If you were going to present your idea to a real investor, you need to prepare as much as possible.

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