This course provides students with an experience-based introduction into the lean start-up process. It is a real life simulation of the process that founders go through when starting a high-tech company. Students will be faced with the key issues involved in evaluating market opportunities, building a prototype, designing profitable business models, producing a solid business plan, raising capital, addressing legal considerations and developing a winning team. Students will gain the skills and tools to creatively commercialize high tech research into profitable businesses. Teams will be expected to develop credible pitches that will be made to industry professionals. Recon Instruments is a good example of a company coming out of this course (sold to Intel in 2015).
The course is fully team-based and is experiential in nature. It requires full attendance at all classes (Wednesday evenings), including the first Wednesday in January, and a willingness and ability to meet regularly within the team, outside of class.
Instructors for 2018 are Paul Cubbon and DJ Miller on the Sauder side, and Tamara Etmannski and Greg Fitzgerald on the APSC side. In 2018 there will be two cohorts running in parallel, with one business and one engineering instructor teaching each cohort. Students will be assigned to a cohort, and teams will be self-formed, within provided parameters, mixing business and STEM students.
This course requires students to apply in writing. There are two separate application deadlines.
- For STEM students, the deadline is June 1st at 8:00am (see application form for details). Those STEM students accepted will be required to attend a one hour information session/workshop on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 5pm (Location TBA). Offers of acceptance will be made shortly after the deadline but before June 6th (when regular registration opens). Those accepted into the course will be emailed directly with instructions regarding team formation.
- For Sauder students, the deadline is November 14th at 12:30pm (see application form for details). Applications will be accepted between the early Fall Track Information Session and the deadline.
If you are interested in applying/registering for the course, please download and complete the Application/Student Information Form from the link below and submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org for Sauder students, and directly to email@example.com for STEM students. Students are not permitted to self-register in this course.
NO late applications will be accepted! All acceptance decisions will be announced shortly after the deadline! Students seeking additional information are encouraged to talk to second year students who have taken the course. First year MBA students will receive more information on this course through the Track Information Session in early Fall.
Please note there will be a mandatory pre-course meeting and team registration event on Wednesday November 29th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm for all students admitted to the course.
Finally, any other inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org for Sauder students, or Tamara Etmannski email@example.com for APSC and other STEM students.