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BUS 217 — Accelerate Your Startup Idea

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Oct 11—Dec 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $610
Instructor(s): Bret Waters
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on November 22
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7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Oct 11—Dec 6
8 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 13
1 Unit
Bret Waters
Please Note: No class on November 22
ACCESS 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.

Please see the syllabus for a note about the recording of class sessions.

Silicon Valley Investor

Bret Waters has founded three venture-funded startup companies, built teams, and run the companies through successful exits. 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.