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BUS 217 — Accelerate Your Startup Idea

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 5—Nov 30
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 7
Unit: 1
Tuition: $545
Instructor(s): Bret Waters
Limit: 50
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 23
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 5—Nov 30
8 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 7
1 Unit
Bret Waters
Please Note: No class on November 23
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This fast-paced entrepreneurship course is designed to be a highly collaborative experience in which the class works together to refine startup ideas and make them launch-ready in just eight weeks. Based on the Lean Startup methodology developed by Eric Ries and Steve Blank, the course will look at such startup issues as product/market fit and developing a minimum viable product that can be rapidly iterated upon for success. We’ll also dive deeply into the operational details of the entire startup process, from legal structures to financial models, along with financing options such as venture capital, angel capital, and impact capital. The course will culminate with “pitch night,” when students will have the opportunity to present to Silicon Valley executives and investors who will give feedback and offer coaching. Whether your idea is still only a “sketch on a napkin” or already attracts customers, or whether you are working on a tech startup, a family business, or a social venture, the goal is for you to leave the course with an actionable business plan for a sustainable enterprise.

Silicon Valley Investor

Bret Waters has founded three venture-funded startup companies, built teams, and run the companies through successful exit. He is a former member of Stanford’s Graduate School of Education Advisory Council. He works with social entrepreneurs from around the world at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Waters received an MBA from Northwestern.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.