Workshops & Tutorials
Participants in the Business Venture Tournament may not have an opportunity to enroll in recommended formal SOU courses before competing. The resources on this page provide alternative ways to gain the skills needed to compete successfully. The workshops and tutorials are free but do not earn academic credits. However, students will receive a Certificate of Completion after passing the final evaluation in each workshop or tutorial.
|Workshop or Tutorial||Fee||Delivery Method|
|Business Venture Tournament Workshop|
Mandatory for all competing participants
All competing participants must join the Workshop and complete Tournament tasks to remain eligible. The workshop provides weekly sessions to help students understand deliverables and receive feedback and guidance. Topics covered include:
|Free||Hybrid Delivery: |
Ends after Final Competition
Meets once per week. Most sessions are 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
|Market and Industry Research|
The Hannon Library contains an extensive catalog
of databases, journals, and periodicals for conducting
market research for a given Venture topic. This tutorial explains how to use these resources.
|Business and Environmental Sustainability|
This tutorial introduces the concept of business sustainability and how thoughtful planning can preserve natural resources and remain profitable.
Listen to the experiences of a successful entrepreneur. Learn about the challenges and mindset needed for success.
|No fee||In-person or Virtual|
Various institutions and organizations provide the following resources. Tournament Participants may select relevant topics to gain or enhance skills. Not all of these resources offer completion certificates.
|Free Courses and Online Resources|
|Harvard Business School Online|
Not all courses are relevant to the Tournament.
|Shark Tank – ABC|
Has free business startup resources
Good selection of relevant courses for free. Most courses include a free Statement of Participation to verify student activity.
Excellent collection of free courses relevant to this project.
Extensive course offerings.
Most require a fee for graded exams.
|Google Digital Garage|
Easy to take business-related courses for free.
Certifications in Ads and Analytics – free.