Intrapreneurship – Employee-driven Innovation

Join this free online course and learn about the concept of Intrapreneurship, the opportunities it provides for employees and companies, and the various practical tools you can use to identify, evaluate, and successfully channel ideas to decision makers and make them a reality.

This course was retired in October, 2023.

Self-paced since March 18, 2020
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October, 2023.

Course Summary

Employees have exclusive insights into business processes and often produce great business ideas which could be adopted and put into action by a company. Do you see business opportunities at your workplace, but you’re not sure how to realize them? Or maybe you want to share ideas with leaders in your organization, but you’re unsure about the right approach? Then this course is for you! The course will provide you with tips and introduce tools to help bring the entrepreneurial spirit to your organization, workplace, or your team, and boost your business by identifying and exploiting new opportunities.

Intrapreneurship requires the engagement and dedication of open-minded entrepreneurial employees and teams, as well as the provision of a space to innovate. Well-known examples include the Sony PlayStation or Google´s Gmail, but there are many more. The course explains the intrapreneurship concept, outlines the opportunities it provides for companies and employees, and introduces different practical tools. It will bring learners from different companies, countries, and cultures together to discuss changes and challenges, and work on intrapreneurial ideas. Participants are invited to bring in their own ideas and develop a pitch strategy for a business opportunity.

This MOOC was a finalist for the Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship Excellence Award of the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

This course is hosted by openSAP. The content was created under the umbrella of the BizMOOC project. SAP accepts no responsibility for the content delivered in this course.

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Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: February 11, 2020, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
    Optional Introduction: Opening 1 week earlier, on February 4, 2020
  • Duration: 4 weeks (3-4 hours per week)
  • Final exam: March 10, 2020, 09:00 UTC - March 18, 2020, 09:00 UTC
  • Course closure: March 18, 2020 09:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Overview of the whole MOOC and what you can expect.

Week 1: Intrapreneurship and Its Potential
Basic information and insight into the concept of intrapreneurship. You’ll learn about the concept, the benefits for employees and companies, and there is a short self-test. You’ll also meet other learners and discuss inspiring examples of intrapreneurship.

Week 2: Idea Identification and Assessment
The second week supports you in identifying ideas within a company and making an initial assessment of their applicability. You’ll have the chance to present your own ideas and provide feedback on other inputs.

Week 3: Challenges and Forming Coalitions
This week focuses on identifying key stakeholders of an intrapreneurial project, creating coalitions, and finding sponsors for your idea. You’ll learn about the challenges and risks of intrapreneurship, and you’ll select one idea you want to develop further.

Week 4: Approaches and Tools for Intrapreneurs
Week 4 brings in the perspective of the company and suggests different approaches to how employers can promote intrapreneurship. You’ll select and use tools from our intrapreneurial toolbox to further your idea and receive insights on how to pitch an intrapreneurship project within a company.

Week 5: Final Exam

Intrapreneurial Toolbox:
The Intrapreneurial toolbox is a repository of different popular and recognized entrepreneurship tools, as well as new ones created specifically for this course. This selection of tools can be used in different stages of our intrapreneurial adventure. We’ll provide you with concise summaries, hints on when and how to use them, and links if you want to deepen your knowledge about a specific tool.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in business innovation, intrapreneurship, and re-inventing their work.

Course Requirements

There are no prerequisites.

Further Learning

Further learning Check out the openSAP Invites Podcast episode with Christian Friedl and hear about the results from the course survey.


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- Recording: Skillbest GmbH -, tele-TASK -

Creative Commons License
This course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Introduction:

    Overview of the whole MOOC and what you can expect
  • Week 1:

    Intrapreneurship and Its Potential
  • Week 2:

    Idea Identification and Assessment
  • Week 3:

    Challenges and Forming Coalitions
  • Week 4:

    Approaches and Tools for Intrapreneurs
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!
  • Intrapreneurial Toolbox

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Course End
Mar 18, 2020
Course Start
Feb 11, 2020


This course was rated with 4.54 stars in average from 463 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

BizMOOC Team

This course has been developed under the umbrella of the BizMOOC project, which is co-funded by the European Commission.

The development team consists of experts from universities (FH JOANNEUM Graz, Austria & University of Economics Cracow, Poland) and businesses (AVL List GmbH Graz, Austria & openHPI, Potsdam Germany) who have joined together to offer you an innovative course experience on the topic of "intrapreneurship".

Find out more about the BizMOOC project and its successor CORSHIP: