Entrepreneurship Curricula Comes to Columbia College: Venturing to Change the World

How do new ventures change the world?

Changes in technology and society are increasing the power of small teams to impact everything. Startups, large corporations, social groups and governments are increasingly focused on the power of innovation to solve the world’s hardest problems. The ideas and patterns driving this recent form of change­making build on frameworks defining the development of modern civilizations since the Renaissance.

Taught by Damon Phillips & Amol Sarva, Venturing to Change the World introduces the intellectual foundations and practical aspects of entrepreneurship. Venturing will explore the entrepreneurial mindset, team formation, idea selection, how ideas become products with markets, and the key steps in building a venture. The scope is commercial as well as social ventures, and the course is appropriate not only for prospective founders but anyone who will operate in a society increasingly animated by entrepreneurial activity.

If you are a college student and this class sounds interesting to you register for the course this coming spring semester.

Please Note:

Registration on SSOL does not guarantee your enrollment in the class. If you are on the waitlist, you may still get in.
You are also welcome to shop and decide if it’s for you. To make sure this class works well to provide its students with a valuable experience, we will review and approve the final sixty students for this class. Our aim is for an interesting, qualified, and motivated group.

Damon J. Phillips
is a faculty member in the business school. He conducts research on the careers of entrepreneurs and professionals. In addition to Venturing to Change the World, Phillips also teaches entrepreneurship, leading change, and social networks to MBAs and Executives. Phillips also studies innovation and emerging markets within the music industry (jazz and hip hop).

Dr. Amol Sarva PhD
 ’98CC is a founder with a long list of successes including Virgin Mobile USA, Peek, Halo Neuroscience, Knotable, and Knotel. He has a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Columbia College.  His Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford was “The Concept of Modularity in Cognitive Science”.

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