Course Description and Application Procedure (2020-21)

(Updated June 9, 2020) – Due to scheduling disruptions caused by COVID19, the application process and timing for this course will be delayed in 2020-21, with application likely to begin in December, 2020 and with the course running no earlier than the spring of 2021. Please check back frequently for updates.  We will communicate updates with business and APSC faculties and will provide scheduling details on this site as they become available. 

This course provides students with an experience-based introduction into the lean start-up process. It is a real-life simulation of the process that founders go through when starting a high-tech company. Students will be faced with the key issues involved in evaluating market opportunities, building a prototype, designing profitable business models, producing a solid business plan, raising capital, addressing legal considerations and developing a winning team. Students will gain the skills and tools to creatively commercialize high-tech research into profitable businesses. Teams will be expected to develop credible pitches that will be made to industry professionals. D-Wave (still operating) and Recon Instruments (sold to Intel in 2015) are good examples of companies coming out of this course. Typically, at least 2-3 companies annually, continue after the course in active business pursuit.  

The course outline for 2019-20 is available for review: BAEN506-APSC541(2020)-SYLLABUS(18Nov2019) 

Any other inquiries can be directed to DJ Miller at for Sauder students, or Fraser Pogue at for APSC/STEM students.


The core of the course typically runs from January to April; but there are 3 critical and mandatory preliminary classes that take place in November dedicated to team formation (November 13, 20 and 27 – 6pm). The course is fully team-based and is experiential in nature. It requires full attendance at all classes (Wednesday evenings), and a willingness and ability to meet regularly within the team, outside of class.

The on-line application process will be opened in late June or early July.   Check back on this site at that time.



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