(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
Applications from APSC/STEM students should be submitted to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.