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 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
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 for Sauder students, or Fraser Pogue at for APSC/STEM students.


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