Tech Entrepreneurship (APSC541/BAEN506) has been running for over 25 years and has facilitated many entrepreneurial ventures and realized numerous successful breakout companies such as DWave, Zymeworks, and Recon Instruments – just to name a few. This course pairs graduate business and APSC/STEM students to provide 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. Some of these student companies go on to participate in e@UBC, the Hatch and Creative Destruction Lab
There is still room for more APSC students to participate in this dynamic course. The next two deadline for applications are as follows:
- September 24th
- November 8th – based on availability.
We are writing today, hoping that you might get word out again to your students as a reminder be it now, or in early September when students are back on campus. The details are in the original email sent to you (below). And as noted below, to further support this message, we would be pleased to arrange an info session at a time that is convenient for your faculty – to hear from course lecturers, former students and/or now successful entrepreneurs who participated in the course. Please let us know how we can support your promotion of this course, and feel free to contact us should you require any further information. We will follow-up one more time after the September deadline has passed.
The core of the course runs on Wednesday evenings from January to April; and 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 taught by a team of business and STEM/APSC instructors for a well-rounded business and technical perspective.
The course has an application process for admission as it is very competitive, with deadlines and rolling admission in early August, September and November. Further details regarding the course are available at http://blogs.ubc.ca/baen506apsc541techentrepreneurship/ (please note that this URL has changed from last year).
We have had strong interest from your faculty in the past, and would greatly appreciate your support to promote the course amongst your graduate students.
To further support this message, we would be pleased to arrange an info session at a time that is convenient for your faculty – to hear from course lecturers, former students and/or now successful entrepreneurs who participated in the course.
DJ (David) Miller
Sauder School of Business