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Entrepreneurial Methods, Tools and Mindsets: from Problem to Solution



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During this short course you will explore entrepreneurial methods, tools and mindsets to help you identify valuable opportunities and develop innovative solutions. Learn the essential techniques to recognise trends and understand your customer in order to move from problem to solution, at pace.

About this course

Over two days you'll explore the methods and frameworks underlying innovative solution design typical of entrepreneurial thinking. Employing practice-focused and hands-on activities, you will quickly learn to apply entrepreneurial methods, tools and mindsets to your own challenges and venture opportunities, regardless of your industry or role.

This intensive learning experience is based on components of the UTS Executive MBA in Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Honours) programs. Participants might also want to consider other short courses in our entrepreneurship series such as Entrepreneurial Methods, Tools and Mindsets: Creating Market Fit, which focuses on how to find a market fit for an entrepreneurial solution.

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Full price: $3,000 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

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Course outline

Module 1 - Reflective mindset: The habit to get traction

This module introduces you to the importance of reflection as an essential entrepreneurial practice and mindset. You will learn how to use reflective writing frameworks, participate in a mastermind session and track progress in achieving goals. You will learn about developing the habit of tracking progress, action items, preparing agendas and developing accountability. During the module you will:

  • Use a reflective method that suits you and your goals
  • Participate in a mastermind session.

Module 2 - Exploring opportunities

This module is designed to help you understand trends and shifts in industries, societies and consumer behaviour, and how to identify opportunities for innovation. You will learn various approaches to help you get to know the people you aim to serve and the challenges they are facing. If you are feeling stuck in relation to where you should begin your entrepreneurial journey, this module will help you identify a problem worth solving! During the module you will:

  • Learn different methods and tools to identify opportunities
  • Reflect on your experience through a mastermind session.

Module 3 - Gathering and making sense of data

This module focuses on interviewing as a technique to gather information. You will learn how to make sense of data by applying tools and methods that infer meaning and validate assumptions about customer gains and pains. During the module you will:

  • Practice your interviewing skills and extract insights from data
  • Reflect on your experience through a mastermind session.

Module 4 - Creating for your customer

To create a meaningful solution to a problem, you must understand the needs that underlie a person’s decision-making. In this module you will learn how to empathise with and understand customer needs and apply creative methods to generate ideas for solutions. During the module you will:

  • Learn about different methods and tools used to understand people’s needs and to create ideas for solutions
  • Reflect on your experience through a mastermind session.

Course learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use a reflective method that suits you and your goals
  • Apply methods and mindsets relevant to identifying opportunities, creating solutions, experimenting and testing prototypes
  • Plan and benefit from working with peers through mastermind sessions.


Discounts are available for the following:

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, students and alumni
  • 15% discount for 3 or more enrolments from the same organisation.

If you are eligible for any of the discounts above, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up for this course.

Please email with your UTS staff or student number, or provide details of your group enrolment. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price.


As part of your enrolment, we will provide you with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. If you have particular dietary requirements, please ensure you confirm these with our staff by emailing prior to attending your course so we can arrange catering alternatives.  

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Who is this course for?

Whether you're launching your own venture or driving change within your organisation, this course will provide you with the methods, tools and mindsets you need to spark, build and manage the next big thing.

The course is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • Professionals working in organisations who want to think like an entrepreneur to solve problems in their organisation;
  • Early-stage founders who want to put themselves in the best position to get from problem-solution fit to product-market fit;
  • Intrapreneurs who want to uncover the entrepreneur in themselves.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.