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CS 397N Topic: Technology Entrepreneurship

Prerequisite: Sophmore standing or permission of instructor.

Course Description: This is an interdisciplinary course designed to provide students with an entrepreneurial mindset in the context of information and computational technologies and algorithms as well as to equip them with tools appropriate to identifying real business opportunities worthy of pursuit. Technology industries and applications will be emphasized along with computing opportunities. The main concepts covered are creativity and innovation; market analysis; customer-driven product identification and development; technology-based business creation, financing, and management; competitive business plans; and niche marketing. Two key components of this course will be a project to develop a business plan for a technology venture around a specific product or system, wherein entrepreneurs will serve as mentors to students and teams, and a business plan competition where other industry experts and entrepreneurs will serve as judges. The course will be supplemented with up to three guest lectures as well as the review and analysis of entrepreneur case studies.


4 credits