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MTECH > ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION: COURSES

Whether you are in middle school, high school, an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a corporate executive, Mtech offers a broad array of entrepreneurship and innovation courses tailored for you.

PRE-COLLEGE COURSES

 

EXST 011, Designing Your Own Business
Summer course for current seventh or eighth grade students interested in the basic business, strategy, and leadership skills needed to launch new ventures.

 

ENES 140, Discovering New Ventures - Foundations in Entrepreneurship
Summer high school course for rising juniors and seniors interested in how to design and launch a new company. Students explore dynamic company startup topics by working in teams to design a new venture. This multi-disciplinary course helps students to learn the basic business, strategy, and leadership skills needed to launch new ventures. Topics include learning how to assess the feasibility of a startup venture, as well as how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Students discuss a wide range of issues of importance and concern to entrepreneurs and learn to recognize opportunities, assess the skills and talents of successful entrepreneurs, and learn models that help them navigate uncertainty.

 

ENES 141, Introduction to High-Tech Product Development and Marketing
Summer high school course for rising juniors and seniors interested in the design, development, and marketing of new high-tech products.

 

BIOE 160, Biopharmaceutical Production
Summer high school course takes students through a biotechnology “campaign” where they will transform E.coli into a green fluorescent protein factory. Students work in teams, simulating a start-up biotech company. Focus is placed on the basics of recombinant DNA technology, as applied to biopharmaceutical manufacturing, in a classroom setting.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

 

ENES 140, Discovering New Ventures - Foundations in Entrepreneurship
Students explore dynamic company startup topics by working in teams to design a new venture. This multi-disciplinary course helps students to learn the basic business, strategy, and leadership skills needed to launch new ventures. Topics include learning how to assess the feasibility of a startup venture, as well as how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Students discuss a wide range of issues of importance and concern to entrepreneurs and learn to recognize opportunities, assess the skills and talents of successful entrepreneurs, and learn models that help them navigate uncertainty. (Scholarship in Practice)

 

ENES143, Communication Essentials for Entrepreneurs
Learn the processes and skills needed to give effective business presentations related to start-up ventures. Focus on how to research topics and companies; organize material based on speaking goals; analyze audience groups to meet speaking expectations; prepare informative and compelling presentation slides; deliver speeches professionally and effectively, and actively listen and provide speaker feedback to fellow students. (Oral Communications)

 

HEIP 143, Foundations in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Focused on building the entrepreneurial mindset and introducing basic entrepreneurship principles and terminology.

 

HEIP 144, Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Inspires innovation and creativity through interactive lectures, workshops, and case studies in contemporary issues to include energy, life sciences, healthcare, and technology.

 

ENES 210, Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis and Decision-Making in 21st Century Technology Ventures
Undergraduate course helps students learn the principles of entrepreneurial opportunity analysis and decision-making in an increasingly technically-inclined society. (Scholarship in Practice & I-series)

 

HEIP 240, Exploring International Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Offers an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and innovation from an international perspective through lectures and guest speakers with international experiences. (Scholarship in Practice)

 

HEIP 241 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum
Capstone course enhances strategic capabilities and leadership skills through the development of an innovative for-profit product or service concept with social benefits. Top ventures may be awarded part of the $50,000 Mtech Impact Seed Fund.

 

ENES 460, Fundamentals of Technology Start-Up Ventures
Undergraduate course offered online and on-campus helps students learn the processes and skills needed to launch and manage new technology ventures, with a focus on business plan development.

 

ENES 461, Advanced Entrepreneurial Opportunity Analysis in Technology Ventures
Using a cognitive theoretical framework the course examines the integration of motivation, emotions and information processing modes to make complex entrepreneurial decisions in fast pace technology venture environments. The course is an informed and interesting exploration of entrepreneurial cognition with both theoretical and methodological contributions.

 

ENES 462, Marketing High-Technology Products & Innovations
Marketing of high-technology products occurs in turbulent environments, and requires rapid decision making with incomplete information.  Innovations are introduced at frequent intervals, research-and-development spending is vital, and there are high mortality rates for both products and businesses. The course will provide a balance between conceptual discussions and applied/hands-on analysis.

 

ENES 463 Strategies for Managing Innovation
Emphasizes how the technology entrepreneur can use strategic management of innovation and technology to enhance firm performance.  It helps students to understand the process of technological change; the ways that firms come up with innovations; the strategies that firms use to benefit from innovation; and the process of formulating strategy.

 

ENES 464, International Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Focuses on the need for every entrepreneur and innovator to understand the global market in today’s hypercompetitive world, and to appreciate how to compete effectively in domestic markets by managing international competitors, suppliers, and influencers. Students develop skills to identify and manage opportunities on a global basis.

 

ENES 465, Entrepreneurial Design Thinking
Explores the use of design thinking as an approach to developing customer-centered solutions to problems and fostering sustained innovation within an organization. Through interactive lectures, discussions, and hands-on, team-based activities, students learn design thinking strategies and apply them to finding innovative product- or service-based solutions to contemporary issues.

 

ENES 466, Leading and Financing the Technology Venture
Focuses on the challenges of leading and financing new technology ventures. Leadership topics include team selection and formation, aligning rewards with relative contributions of team members, and how early decisions can enable or prevent founders from achieving results that align with their individual motivations for becoming an entrepreneur. Essential tools and methods for building a strong financial foundation for a new technology venture are examined. Includes important accounting principles as well as methods for keeping financial control of the technology venture. Insights are shared on navigating the multitude of financial barriers that may block your entrepreneurial success, as well as how to grow the technology venture from concept through launch.

 

ENES 498, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
Seminar and case study-based course that explores technology entrepreneurship with a focus on leadership and strategies to launch and manage technology ventures.

 

ENES 498A, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Introduction to Innovative Thinking
Undergraduate course helps students learn methods for improving the flexibility and originality of their thinking and explore multiple approaches to create and sustain high levels of innovation. Topics include personal thinking preferences, everyday creativity and eliminating mental blocks, creative thinking techniques, idea selection approaches, teaming techniques for creativity, design for interaction, and intellectual property.

 

ENES 498E/CHEM 498E, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Entrepreneurship in Chemical and Life Sciences
Explores technology entrepreneurship with a focus on leadership and strategies to launch and manage technology venture, with special attention to chemical and life sciences ventures.

 

ENES 498P, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Corporate Technology Ventures
Examines the role of corporate entrepreneurship as a valuable instrument for rejuvenating and revitalizing existing companies and enhancing the practice of innovation for improved competitiveness. Strategies are explored for how corporate entrepreneurship can lead to new business ventures, the development of new products, services or processes and the renewal of strategies and competitive postures.

 

 

GRADUATE COURSES

 

ENES 660 Fundamentals of Technology Startup Ventures

Explores the processes and skills needed to launch and manage technology startup ventures. Learn how to assess the feasibility of a startup venture, as well as how to apply best practices for planning, launching, and managing new companies. Discusses a wide range of issues of importance and concern to entrepreneurs, to include how to recognize opportunity, assess the skills and talents of successful entrepreneurs, and models and approaches to navigate uncertainty.

 

ENES 662 Innovative Ideas and Concept Development

Focuses on the content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis. Learn how to identify and analyze entrepreneurial opportunities for technology-based ventures by first understanding their personal self and decision-making factors. Examine how to evaluate the opportunities and challenges within industries and markets of interest.

 

ENES 663 Strategies for Managing Innovation

Emphasizes how innovative leaders can use strategic management of innovation and technology to enhance firm performance. It helps students to understand the process of technological change; the ways that firms come up with innovations; the strategies that firms use to benefit from innovation; and the process of formulating technology strategy. It provides frameworks for analyzing key aspects of these industries and teaches students how to apply these frameworks.

 

ENES664 Business Modeling and Customer Validation

Focuses on how to create and deliver value for customers and how to sustainably extract value for the venture. Develop business models that encompass the product or service, customers, and the economic engine that will deliver on venture objectives.

 

ENES 665 Innovative Thinking

Introduces new and powerful tools to boost creative problem solving skills. Participants rediscover their personal thinking preferences, identify and eliminate mental blocks, and enhance their communication and teaming skills. Students unlock their creative potential, and explore win-win approaches to define and solve problems of different kinds.

 

ENES666 Creative Design, Prototyping, and Testing

Enables students to transition from creative, innovative, design thinking methods to prototyping and concept testing their products and services. Emphasis is placed on an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, industrial design, and the business of new product development.

 

ENES667 Market Development and Commercialization

Provides an orientation to key marketing concepts critical to marketing technology-based products and services. Identify market opportunities, understand customer preferences, evaluate market acceptance, and devise the appropriate going to market strategies.

 

ENES 668 Corporate Technology Entrepreneurship

Provides insight into the innovation process in corporations and the unique problems and opportunities that managers and corporate entrepreneurs face in translating innovative ideas into successful results, from opportunity recognition to new venture corporation.

 

ENES669 Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship

Highlights the critical legal and business issues entrepreneurs face as they build and launch a new venture. Explore real world scenarios, and address legal and business issues from ideation to all of the important junctures along the path to success. Significant attention is placed on new venture formation, intellectual property management, and financing arrangements.

 

ENES670 Financial Management and New Venture Financing

Provides the essential tools and know-how to build a strong financial foundation for a new technology venture. Examines accounting principles as well as methods for keeping firm financial control of your enterprise. Insights are shared on navigating financial barriers as well as how to raise the right amount of capital at the right time from the right source.

 

 

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