Blended Learning for Startups

The Genesis startup program is designed at The University of Sydney Business School and has been running for some years now. The start up program is for students from any background who are passionate about their ideas in business, technology or social entrepreneurship. Dedicated to helping them bring their ideas to life through workshops, mentoring, networking, funding and prizes.

Sydney Genesis operates in the pursuit of four key objectives:

  1. To challenge and empower the University students to build businesses that are profitable, smart and have heart;
  2. To bridge classroom theory and real-world applicability to meet the challenges of industry, government and the broader community;
  3. To extend and enhance the University’s entrepreneurship teaching through all faculties and at all levels from undergraduate students to executive education;
  4. To provide practical networking opportunities and bridge the gap between students and entrepreneurial communities, both locally and abroad;

I have had the pleasure of running a popular workshop amongst each cohort every year since 2015 on “the Digital Side of Startups”. Discussing all tech basics that a startup should know which included topics such as

  • Domain Names
  • Website Hosting
  • Website Platforms (Self Hosted)
  • Website Platforms (Cloud Hosted)
  • E-Commerce Platforms – (Self Hosted)
  • E-Commerce Platforms (Cloud Hosted)
  • Security and SSL
  • Payment Gateways (Paypal, Stripe, SecurePay, eWay)
  • Digital Matketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • SEO and SEM
  • App design
  • App development
  • App Marketing

Blended learning for startups

blended learning for startups
blended learning for startups

In the meantime a special online learning course was developed and hosted at http://Bizri.Academy for students to access the training resources online. The course content hosts more than 2 hours of materials and more than 30 video recordings.

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e-Learning Content

The original content was based on PowerPoint slides which were converted into MP4 video clips there were less than (6min) each key point. In the process I used TechSmith Camtasia video editor to record the screen and apply the voice over.

I also used HandBrake ( which is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, this helped in compressing the MP4 files to be transfered and upload to my cloud hosted eLearning LMS with

If you need an online training program setup for your new startup or inventions, get in touch