November 2023 - Team Formation (Mandatory evening class: Nov 29)
January-April 2023 - Course Classes - Wednesdays, 6pm-9:30pm (12 mandatory evening classes)
APPLICATIONS FOR 2023/2024 are now open. This class has an enrolment cap and we will be providing priority to early applicants.
The application deadline is November 20th, 2023 at 11:59pm.
Questions regarding the course? Please reach out to Prof. Fraser Pogue (email@example.com)
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.
Tech entrepreneurship was the only applied, real life course taken during the MBA. It pivoted me away from consulting, investment banking or some other soulless career pursuit focused on value transfer and towards entrepreneurship which is inherently value creating. The MBA would not have been the catalyst for personal and professional growth had it not been for this course.