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No matter which course you choose, you will develop a startup idea, validate it with potential customers, and learn how to work effectively as a team to build your venture. 

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Course Information

IPRO 497–622/BUS 361   

Semester: Fall 2023 

Credits: Three 

Format: Live and in-person (flipped classroom) 

Time: Monday, 1:50–4:30 p.m.  

Room: Tellabs Innovation Alley, Kaplan Institute 

Course Description 

Have you ever wondered how a promising idea transforms into a successful startup? If you’re interested in venturing into entrepreneurship, this course is designed to provide you with practical strategies and a data-driven approach to create your own business. By the end of the course, you will gain exposure to various tools such as customer journey maps, minimum viable product, and the Lean Business Model Canvas, which can aid you in validating your business proposition. 

MBA 529  

Semester: Fall 2023 

Credits: Three 

Format: In person 

Time: Monday, 6–8:30 p.m. 

Room: Conviser Law Center Room 403 

Course Description 

This course gives students a practical introduction to the exciting and rapidly growing field of social entrepreneurship. The course will begin by introducing students to a contemporary understanding of poverty, its causes, and traditional poverty alleviation strategies. It will then turn to key concepts regarding social ventures including entrepreneurship, organizational structures (for-profit, nonprofit, and hybrid), financing, marketing, and performance assessment (social and environmental impact). We will also examine the challenges that are faced in creating and operating social enterprises in different parts of the world. The course includes guest lectures by Stuart School of Business faculty and social entrepreneurs working in areas such as health, education, and the environment. Students will gain hands-on experience by either developing a business plan for a social enterprise to address a specific real-world problem or assisting an existing social venture in developing a business plan geared toward an expansion of its services. 

IPRO 497–629 

Semester: Fall 2023  

Credits: Three 

Format: In person 

Time: Fridays, 1:50–4:30 p.m.  

Room: Tellabs Innovation Alley, Kaplan Institute 

Course Description 

This course is intended for students who are interested in how complex research technologies are commercialized. The course deliverables will include an analysis of an application/use case for a complex research technology (deep tech), gaps in current solution sets used in the industry, an assessment of the readiness level of the technology, and a prioritized list of the key risks that should be mitigated to develop the technology. Lastly, students will develop a testable pathway to further establish and test the technologies into quantifiable value propositions. As part of this experience, student will:  

  1. Understand how complex research technologies (climate innovations, medical devices, high-performance computing) are commercialized and translated to society
  2. Understand the linkages between research, productization, and bringing a solution to market
  3. Understand the treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) and the real-world implications of various IP strategies
  4. Gain experience working in a collaborative team-based setting