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Spring 2010-2011
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High Tech Entrepreneurship

Ed Zschau


This "hands-on" practical course introduces students to the analysis and actions required to launch a successful high tech company. Using several conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques, it addresses the challenges of evaluating technologies for commercial feasibility, determining how best to launch a new venture, attracting the resources needed to start a company (e.g. people, corporate partners, and venture capital), preparing comprehensive business plans, structuring business relationships, and managing early stage companies toward "launch velocity" and sustainable growth.

Sample reading list:
William Sahlman, Some Thoughts on Business Plans
William Sahlman, Note on the Venture Capital Industry
Joseph Bower & Clayton Christensen, Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave
Michael Roberts, Legal Protection of Intellectual Property
Pierre Mornell, Zero Defect Hiring

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
This course includes lecture/discussion sessions, readings from articles, classroom discussions of "cases" describing real entrepreneurial situations, and visits to class by entrepreneurs and investors to provide current "real world" guidance. Enrollment is limited to graduate students and is by written application only. Applications may be picked up and returned to Room ACE 21 in the E-QUAD by December 7, 2010.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41502 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Friend Center   006   Enrolled:3 Limit:12