MGT-413 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Bavato Davide, Gruber Marc

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remark: Special schedule. See the MTE website: https://go.epfl.ch/mte


Summary

A foundational course on the science and practice of launching new ventures. The purpose is to study and experience the first stages of the entrepreneurial process: from the identification of promising opportunities to the development of a viable and innovative business concept.

Content

Keywords

Entrepreneurship, New ventures, Technology commercialization, Ideation, Prototyping, Lean Startup

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges of new venture creation in a comprehensive, integrative way
  • Experience the early stages of the entrepreneurial process by working on a venture project proposal
  • Sharpen one's ability to analyze and evaluate new venture opportunities
  • Write and present a convicing venture project proposal
  • Develop an "entrepreneurial mindset"

Transversal skills

  • Resolve conflicts in ways that are productive for the task and the people concerned.
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
  • Collect data.
  • Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
  • Negotiate effectively within the group.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.

Teaching methods

  • Team work (developing business plan for a new venture)
  • In-class exercises
  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Guest speakers

Assessment methods

The course follows a continuous assessment approach, which provides more opportunities for feedback and learning from peers, lecturers and experts, and distributes more evenly the workload. Both individual- and team-based grades are given. 60% group project, 40% individual assesment.

 

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Office hours upon request

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

Relevant readings and resources are given in the comprehensive syllabus handed out at the beginning of the term

 

Websites

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Entrepreneurship & new venture strategy
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Entrepreneurship & new venture strategy
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 50
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Entrepreneurship & new venture strategy
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13   BS270 
13-14    
14-15    
15-16    
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Thursday, 12h - 16h: Lecture BS270