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Cross-Listed Courses Open to All Students

Launch Your Startup [Details]

Term:
Fall 2017 (multiple sections)
Spring 2017 (multiple sections)

This elective course focuses on the evaluation, development and potential launch of a new business. Working individually (or on occasion in pairs), students spend the entire term developing an effective and comprehensive presentation of a real business concept by addressing five key issues: in-depth market analysis, product or service design, development of a marketing campaign, assessment of human resource requirements and building a realistic financial forecast. Students are expected to come with a specific business idea or at least a sincere interest in a particular industry in which they would like to explore the possibility of launching a venture. Industry mentors and a board of directors composed of other class participants provide a reality check as students refine their business opportunity into a written and oral presentation ready to seek funding and commence operations. By the second week of class, all students must have an approved venture project.

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From Research to Revenue [Details]

Term:
Spring 2017

This course trains students to identify and pursue innovation opportunities that rely on intellectual property coming out of academic research. It provides a basic understanding of how academia operates and how it connects to practice and trains students to connect and work with talented individuals with different backgrounds and skills. Lectures are complemented with a hands-on project. Projects are proposed by teams of Columbia researchers who have developed academic research with commercial potential. Priority will be given to projects for which students could develop a tangible deliverable (including a demo) within the time frame of the course. Teams of MBA and Engineering students work on these projects jointly with the researchers throughout the course.

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Managing Technological Innovations [Details]

Term:
Fall 2017

Managing Technological Innovation offers a principles-based approach to identifying, analyzing, and attacking high-growth markets. Students will learn to examine and analyze novel business problems in nascent industries with billion dollar potential. Lectures will focus on rational market analysis, separating signal from noise, executing sound decision-making processes in the startup context, and venture market psychology.

The class will be a mix of case studies, lectures, guest speakers from the startup community, and in-class discussions. Grading will be based on class participation, case analyses, and longer group papers. Student will be expected to contribute thoughtful, well-reasoned, and clearly elucidated comments to discussions. In return for your attention and effort, you will have the chance to discuss real-world business problems with some of New York’s most successful technology entrepreneurs and investors. Past guests have included founders and investors from AppNexus, Codecademy, BankSimple, Betterment, GroupMe, MongoDb, Razorfish, Union Square Ventures, IA Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Founder Collective.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship [Details]

Term:
Fall 2017
Spring 2017

The germ of a successful entrepreneurial venture is a critical insight. This insight might be the discovery of a new technology, an awareness of a shift in customer need, or a change in the competitive landscape. However, this insight is only the beginning. The journey from idea to viable venture requires significant research, financial analysis, legal work, and, in many cases, technical or scientific knowledge. All of these assets exist within Columbia University; a coordinated effort to evaluate and develop the best of the opportunities presented will pay sizable rewards.

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