Entrepreneurship is key to economic growth and the development and launch of new products and services is one of the most important means of creating new jobs, building wealth, and effecting social change. This course focuses on a specific type of entrepreneurship where resources are very limited, almost nonexistent and innovators begin with an idea they are passionate about.
Students will experience the early stages of a new venture, exploring their own product ideas while developing a real-world business plan (in small groups) to take their ideas to market. Students are encouraged to pursue both for-profit and social ventures and are encouraged to consider topics explored in other courses as the basis for their product or service ideas.
Guest speakers including entrepreneurs from both for-profit and non-profit ventures will speak about their own practical experiences launching their businesses. An expert panel including Investors, Entrepreneurs, and representatives from funding agencies will be invited to hear final business plan pitches.
Note: Formerly INF2195H: Special Topics course: Launching Information Ventures