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Fall 2013-2014
ELE 491 / EGR 491   na, npdf

High-Tech Entrepreneurship

Christopher B. Kuenne


This "hands-on" course introduces students to the analysis and actions required to launch and commercialize a tech company through the use of Harvard Business School cases and some brief lectures. You will learn how to use several conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques to evaluate technologies, markets and commercialization strategies. Additionally, you will learn how to attract and motivate the resources needed to start a company (e.g. people, corporate partners and venture capital), preparing comprehensive business plans, structure business relationships and create and grow enterprise value.

Sample reading list:
William Sahlman, Some Thoughts on Business Plans

Reading/Writing assignments:
Preparation for each class requires readings from articles and the reading and analysis of a written case situation. 75 pages per week. The course requires completion of a programmed learning course on accounting, a problem set, a 2000 word "mid-term" paper, and a major written term project.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Other Exam - 5%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Problem set(s) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment is limited to juniors and seniors and is by written application only. Application forms are available here:

Other information:
The course includes lecture/discussion sessions, readings from articles, classroom discussions of "cases" describing real entrepreneurial situations, and a few visits to class by entrepreneurs to provide current "real world" guidance.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21372 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Friend Center   006   Enrolled:28 Limit:45