Commercializing Science and Technology
Full course description
This course aims to help you understand technology entrepreneurship and how to turn a technical product into an operating business. In doing so, we will adopt a strongly entrepreneurial lens and draw from examples in entrepreneurial practice. The course is intended for students who want to leverage their science background in starting their own business, extend an existing business, or better understand the entrepreneur and process in technology entrepreneurship.Through a series of practice cases, readings, podcasts, activities, and sessions with instructors and peers, you examine key topics in entrepreneurship. They include ideation, market research, product development and framing, business planning and strategy, intellectual property, team and culture, and fundraising. Supported by an external guest lecture, we will also examine the human aspects of innovation, specifically issues of team dynamics, roles, and shares. This course puts major emphasis on the entrepreneurial competencies, tools, and methodologies, as opposed to technological competences, in early-stage commercialization processes. As an integral part of this course, you will develop and present a detailed business plan for a novel start-up idea, and further provide analytic insights into a selected general purpose technology. We hope that the thinking and toolsets learned in this course will help you one day to start your own business, or to innovate successfully within a technology company.
- Foster an entrepreneurial spirit, no matter your background.
- Develop a basic understanding of technology entrepreneurship.
- Explore and discuss scientific literature and practical case studies.
- Develop and present your own venture idea.
- We will provide you with links to academic papers, case materials and websites.