Stanford University will be holding its seventh offering of their free, online Technology Entrepreneurship class. It begins tomorrow, January 5th and runs through February 15, 2015. The workload is expected to be 10-20 hours per week and you will receive a statement of accomplishment upon completion. The class utilizes Stanford’s NovoEd platform and is taught by Chuck Easley, Assistant Professor of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.
If you have a great startup idea, this class might set you on the right track to launch the next Facebook, Google, or other tech startup.
This course introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, pioneered in Silicon Valley and now spreading across the world. You will learn the process technology entrepreneurs use to start companies. It involves taking a technology idea and finding a high-potential commercial opportunity, gathering resources such as talent and capital, figuring out how to sell and market the idea, and managing rapid growth. To gain practical experience alongside the theory, students form teams and work on startup projects in those teams.
This is the 7th offering of the class. In total nearly 200,000 students from around the world have participated and worked in teams together in this class. The the best teams at the end of the class pitched their ideas to investors. Many of the alumni of the last class are continuing to build their startups and will be mentoring teams this time.
By the conclusion of the course, it is our hope that you understand how to:
- Articulate a process for taking a technology idea and finding a high-potential commercial opportunity (high performing students will be able to discuss the pros and cons of alternative theoretical models).
- Create and verify a plan for gathering resources such as talent and capital.
- Create and verify a business model for how to sell and market an entrepreneurial idea.
- Generalize this process to an entrepreneurial mindset of turning problems into opportunities that can be used in larger companies and other settings.