Course Description and Application Procedure (2019-20)

(Updated July 8, 2019 – This page is updated annually in early July)

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 core of the course 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 course outline for 2018-19 is available for review:  Course Outline. NOTE – The course schedule will change in 2019-20 – particularly around team formation in November.  The 2019-20 outline will be posted when available in July. This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download this free plug in, visit the Adobe web site and follow the on-screen instructions.

This course requires students to apply in writing (see form below).
BAEN-506-APSC-541-Application-Form-2019-20 (Aug2)Please review the instructions on the application form carefully

Detailed instructions: 

Applications from APSC/STEM students should be submitted to tech-e-stem@sauder.ubc.ca. Rolling deadlines/acceptance with priority given to early submissions

    • Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 11:59pm
    • Tuesday September 24, 2019 at 11:59pm (for remaining spots)
    • Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:59pm (for remaining spots)

Applications from Sauder RHL students should be submitted to tech-e-mba@sauder.ubc.ca.
First year MBA students will receive more information on this course through the Track Information Session in early Fall.  The deadline is Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:59pm

Response letters will be emailed within 7 days of the deadlines. 

Any other inquiries can be directed to DJ Miller at djmiller@sauder.ubc.ca for Sauder students, or Fraser Pogue at fraser.pogue@sauder.ubc.ca for APSC/STEM students.

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