Course Description and Application Procedure (2020-21)

(Updated July 22, 2020) – Due to scheduling disruptions caused by COVID19, the application process and timing for this course will be delayed.   At present, we are planning for the following:

  • On-line Application Process to open in January, 2021.
  • In person Team Formation (3 mandatory evening classes): May, June 2021
  • In person Course (12 mandatory evening classes): September-December, 2021

We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to DJ Miller at for Sauder-RHL students, or Fraser Pogue at for APSC/STEM students.

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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