Course Description

This course provides the critical foundations for entrepreneurship for people with disabilities who are considering the development of their own businesses or organizations.  At the completion of the Entrepreneurship course, participants will have been introduced to the options available for the pursuit of funding as well as a mentor network to assist them in the development of their ideas into a sustainable business venture. At specified intervals, participants will complete an evaluated assessment of their status as entrepreneurs who have disabilities in order to:

  • Determine readiness for the process of venture development

  • Determine suitability of the key idea for implementation as a business venture

During each of these assessments, a given participant may agree with the instructor to not move further in this course, but that decision automatically places them as a potential participant to begin an alternate course entitled, "Foundations for Employment for People with Disabilities”. 

The Foundations of Entrepreneurship program is being taught by John Liddy, an expert in Entrepreneurship with a long history of instruction on this topic.  The program is funded by a grant from New York State through the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, and the overall project is being sponsored by Dr. Stephen Kuusisto, Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at BBI.  In addition, the project has been designed in collaboration with OurAbility, Inc. in Albany, NY, an international organization that links people with disabilities to job opportunities. Leading that portion of the project is John Robinson,  CEO of OurAbility.  Both Dr. Kuusisto and Mr. Robinson are international thought leaders in the field of empowering people with disabilities.


At the successful conclusion of this microcredential program, participants will receive a digital badge from Syracuse University, College of Professional Studies, which can be shared on LinkedIn or any digital media, and which will provide complete detail on information learned and competencies gained throughout the program.  Participants can also request a paper and/or a digital certificate.


If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact the College of Professional Studies Office of Professional Acceleration and Microcredentials at microcredential@syr.edu or 315.443.2588

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