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Special Topics: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Technology

Course Information

Course Number

HCI Graduate: 05-899

Course Description

Ever want to start a company? Thinking about commercializing an innovation? Want to know what VCs really think? Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Then this is the class for you. Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Technology is an introductory course in entrepreneurship for graduate students. The course targets non-business students and assumes no background in business. Students are exposed to fundamental concepts and issues around innovation and entrepreneurship. The course provides a foundation for starting a new venture and innovating new technologies and products within existing organizations. Topics covered will include: identifying a business opportunity, acquiring customers, building a team, developing a business model, understanding investment, managing risk, and achieving differentiation. Emphasis will be on team projects, including developing an investor pitch for an original idea.

Semester Offered and Units

Semester: Fall and Spring
Graduate: 12 units units