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.
This course opened my eyes to the immense potential for translating my PhD research into concrete value. The concepts gave me the confidence to straddle both academic and entrepreneurial spaces.
Hari Mahadevan, MBA 2021
The course pulled me out of my comfort zone and that was exactly what I was looking for. Most important - I learnt to avoid falling in love with the idea/solution, but instead to focus on solving important problems that people are facing.
Curtis Johnson Morisson, MBA 2015, Owner StorageBear
Class curriculums and case studies are important, but nothing beats the relationships I made with like-minded entrepreneurs in this class. It really opened my eyes.
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.
Julian Rhind, MBA 2015, Partner: Rhino Venture Capital
Rebecca Foley, MBA 2021
This class gave me a feeling of being more confident in my advice. I have had numerous friends and family ask me for advice on how to start a company or pursue their small business and entrepreneurial ideas. I have used the skills and concepts learned in Tech E to advise them on how to get started.
Alex Moret, MBA 2015, Owner Simply Merino
The best thing about the class was it forced us to talk to as many customers as possible. Our idea didn't gain the traction we were hoping for, but we learned how to validate, pivot and fine tune. Whats the point of making a product that no one will buy.
Mark Proudfoot, MBA 2015, Managing Director, Destination Think
Tech E is where I met the people I’ll be doing entrepreneurship and investing with for the rest of my career. The E is the place in the business school where you go to learn/work with the people who are doing things differently. You’ll experience disgusting levels of FOMO if you miss out on it.