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Management for Business & Product Startups Certificate

For Aspiring Leaders and Business, Operation & Project Managers

Do you dream of managing a startup through growth and iteration? Or, do you want to manage a project or lead a team through a new product or service launch in a large company? In the Management for Startups program, you will learn how to manage company operations, finances, and human resources to help validate a business idea that will iterate and evolve.

Each module takes the foundations learned in the core course, Innovation & Business Ideation, and puts a real-life lens on operations, financial management, and communications to develop a business or new product or service idea. You will acquire a deep understanding of what it takes to make a new venture succeed. Through the process, you will learn how to get the right people on board, communicate your vision, set and assess KPI’s, evaluate, and control risks. Completing the program will make you more confident in your abilities to create a productive working environment and gain practical experience as a leader.

Course Breakdown

Course: Innovation & Business Ideation

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course: Execution & Management

# of Weeks: 8

# of Hours: 160

Course: Financial Management

# of Weeks: 8

# of Hours: 160

Course: Business Communications

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Capstone Project

# of Weeks: 2

# of Hours: 40

*The order in which students will take the courses, after completing the required Innovation and Business Ideation Course, will vary based on the student’s chosen start date. Contact us for the course delivery schedule.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program you will be able to:

  • • Validate a business idea for feasibility and market demand
  • • Identify the importance of business strategy partnerships, business development, and face-to-face engagement
  • • Identify the opportunities and challenges when looking at a business model through a global perspective
  • • Hire, fire, and most importantly, retain employees
  • • Manage both human and capital resources
  • • Develop and manage a comprehensive cash-flow budget
  • • Communicate with your accounting team and understand the elements of financial statements
  • • Define key financial and startup metrics to measure growth and traction
  • • Develop your fundraising strategy
  • • Understanding the fundamentals of capital raising and how to pitch your idea to potential funders and investors
  • • Identify the legal needs of your startup and start planning an IP strategy
  • • Operate as an effective team leader
  • • Communicate through empathy and leadership with business stakeholders, such as investors, employees, and potential customers

Admission Requirements

Minimum Age: 19 Years

Education: Minimum one academic year post-secondary studies OR 24 months of work experience in any field

Language Skills: International students must demonstrate high intermediate level English with Tamwood Careers’ online test and interview. The online test and interview are exempt if CEFR B2, IELTS 5.5, TOEFL ibT 46,
Cambridge FCE (C), Tamwood Language Centre’s high intermediate level or proof of successful completion of Tamwood Language Centre EAP 192 is presented.

*Students who need to improve their English skills before getting admitted to this program can take English courses at Tamwood Language Centres.

Lab Classes in Global Startup School

In every course in the Global Startup School, students attend a combination of lecture classes and laboratory classes. Laboratory classes in these programs provide students with first-hand experience with course concepts and with the opportunity to explore methods used by entrepreneurs in their businesses. In lab class students work on assignments with support and guidance from a qualified lab instructor. Guest speakers and field trips are also included in lab classes from time to time, to give a deeper insight into the practical application of the business concepts taught in lectures and to facilitate the development of connections with the local startup ecosystem.

Goals of GSS Laboratory Classes:

  • Develop intuition and deepen understanding of concepts.
  • Apply concepts learned in class to new situations.
  • Develop critical, quantitative thinking skills.
  • Develop experimental and data analysis skills.
  • Practice collaborative problem-solving.
  • Exercise curiosity and creativity by designing a procedure to test a hypothesis.
  • Test important rules.
  • Learn from experiences shared by guest speakers.
  • Attend field trips to build connections with the local startup ecosystem.

Go Beyond the Classroom

Go Beyond - Guest Speaker

Guest Speakers

Go Beyond - Field Trips

Field Trips

Go Beyond - Mentoring


Go Beyond - Pitch Night

Pitch Nights

Go Beyond - Workshops


Go Beyond - Community Events


Career Occupations

Graduates of this program will be prepared for positions like marketing and public relations managers; Human resources managers; Other administrative services managers; Administrative officers.

About the Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an academic project in which students select a topic that relates to both their studies and their field of work. This is submitted in the form of a final written report or presentation. In selecting and working on their project, students will practice critical thinking, solving challenging problems, and developing skills such as oral communication, research skills, planning, self-sufficiency, and goal setting—valuable skills that are sought after by employers!