Course Overview

Title: Entrepreneurship for CS


This course is designed to develop skills related to entrepreneurship for computer science students. It assumes no background in business and suggests a systematic approach to translating ideas into sustainable innovation-based enterprises. In particular, it focuses on: (1) generating ideas with business potentials, (2) testing leap-of-faith assumptions via theoretical market research and empirical product development, (3) experimenting with minimal viable products and measuring progress via actionable analytics, (4) pivoting or persevering strategies based on validated learning, (5) raising venture capital the right way, (6) scaling a venture into a sustainable company via effective engines of growth, (6) managing the finance, accounting, and market aspects of a sustainable company, and (7) understanding exit policies, including initial public offering (IPO). The course comprises a balance of lectures, case studies, and encounters with entrepreneurs, investors, and business professionals. The students will be exposed to real-world perspectives on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. By the end of the course, each student will develop and present a detailed business plan for a startup.

Units: 9

Pre-requisites: None!



Prof. Mohammad Hammoud,, CMUQ 1006, 4454-8506,
Office hours: TBA.

Lectures: Sunday and Tuesday, 04:30 - 05:50 PM, Room 1030