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Entrepreneurship Curriculum

The Severino Center works closely with Faculty, both at the Lally School and across the Rensselaer campus, to enrich courses with entrepreneurship-related programs, speakers and other resources.

Entrepreneurial thinking lies at the heart of Rensselaer’s educational philosophy, and is one of four building blocks in the Rensselaer Plan.

Rensselaer students have access to a wide range of learning tools and resources to help develop and pursue entrepreneurial thinking and innovative opportunities.

While the Severino Center does not offer courses per se, as part of the Lally School’s curriculum, the Center is a key component in the continuum of entrepreneurship resources available to Rensselaer students.

Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Degrees

Lally offers an interdisciplinary program in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (TC&E) available both as an undergraduate concentration and as an MS degree program.

Other Courses Incorporating Entrepreneurship

While the courses listed here have entrepreneurship as the primary focus, Rensselaer offers nearly nearly 100 additional courses that incorporate entrepreneurship in some way.

To learn more, click here and use the "Course Finder" tool to browse current course offerings.

The Severino Center integrates activities into these entrepreneurship courses offered at the Lally School:

Introduction to Technological Entrepreneurship: MGMT 4520
An introductory course for initiating a new business venture and developing it into a self-sustaining and profitable enterprise. Provides understanding of the process whereby a person decides to become an entrepreneur, screens opportunities, selects an appropriate product/market target, and obtains the necessary resources. Also, provides the theoretical and practical knowledge for the preparation of formal business plans for the development of new products, processes, and services and for the financing of new enterprises. 4 credit hours.

Principles of Technological Entrepreneurship: MGMT 6620
An introductory graduate course in initiating new technology-based business ventures and developing them into self-sustaining and profitable enterprises. Examines the process whereby a person decides to become an entrepreneur, screens opportunities, selects an appropriate product/market target, and obtains the necessary resources. Provides the theoretical and practical knowledge for the preparation of formal business plans. Students enrolled in the full-time MBA program cannot use this course on the Plan of Study. This course is intended for students enrolled in the part-time MBA, M.S. in MGT or those seeking degrees in other schools at Rensselaer. Fall term annually. 3 credit hours.

Starting Up a New Venture: MGMT 4530/6630
An understanding of the critical issues related to starting up a new business is gained through team-based experiential learning. Small teams of students develop a comprehensive business plan that can be used to raise money for a new or relatively new venture. The business plans are eligible for submission to the Rensselaer Business Plan Competition. The experiential learning process is enhanced through team meetings with faculty and/or course advisers and through oral presentations to the entire class. Fall and spring terms annually. 4 credit hours.

Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: MGMT 4510/6640
This course focuses on three key goals: providing increased insight into the cognitive foundations of entrepreneurship, offering practice in applying creative thinking to the task of formulating ideas for new products or services, and presenting basic information about the organizational process of commercializing such innovations. These goals will be achieved through a combination of assigned readings, in-class exercises, and individual and team projects. In addition, the course will include contributions from guest speakers who will share with the class their own experiences and expertise. 4 credit hours.

Commercializing Advanced Technologies: MGMT 4590/6590
This four-credit course views potential breakthrough innovation from the perspective of the project manager, either in the firm or as a start up organization. The course offers methods and frameworks for commercializing nascent technologies that offer potentially breakthrough value to the market and, therefore, enormous reward for the firm. Additionally, legal and ethical consequences are considered. Prerequisites: MGMT 1100 or ENGR 4100. Spring term annually. 4 credit hours.

Entrepreneurial Finance: MGMT 6260
The overall objective of this course is to understand how entrepreneurs and investors create value, noting that their interests do not always coincide. This involves learning about topics which trace out the "venture capital cycle": opportunity recognition; valuation and evaluation; negotiation; structuring financing contract; managing investment; exit strategy. This course is structured into three modules: valuation, private equity market, and harvesting entrepreneurial value. Fall term annually. 3 credit hours.

Corporate Entrepreneurship: MGMT 6700
Organizations that increase their capacity for entrepreneurship build a foundation for long term competitiveness. This course examines how organizations can build management systems to enable entrepreneurial activities while simultaneously addressing current operational concerns. This tension differentiates the corporate entrepreneurial challenge from the start-up venture. The course focuses on both the organizational and project levels, studying how organizations can build an entrepreneurial capacity, and how project champions can ensure their projects are effectively evaluated, supported, and managed. Spring term annually. 3 credit hours.

Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing I: MGMT 7050
This course immerses students in the practices and activities that lead to the creation of innovative new products and services. Through a team-based learning experience, students generate an idea for a new product or service and follow the development process from conception through planning for commercialization. Through lectures, cases, and practical exercises, students learn how to overcome hurdles inherent in new product and service development. Students apply this knowledge in all phases of product development, including concept testing, product design, production planning, and market strategy. The project undertaken in this course provides student teams with an opportunity to create a new venture that may then be carried forward utilizing Rensselaer's technological resources such as the Incubator Program and Rensselaer's Technology Park. 3 credit hours.

Design, Manufacturing, and Marketing II: MGMT 7060
This course immerses students in the practices and activities that lead to the creation of innovative new products and services. Through a team-based learning experience, students generate an idea for a new product or service and follow the development process from conception through planning for commercialization. Through lectures, cases, and practical exercises, students learn how to overcome hurdles inherent in new product and service development. Students apply this knowledge in all phases of product development, including concept testing, product design, production planning, and market strategy. The project undertaken in this course provides student teams with an opportunity to create a new venture that may then be carried forward utilizing Rensselaer's technological resources such as the Incubator Program and Rensselaer's Technology Park. 3 credit hours.

Practicum in Technological Entrepreneurship: MGMT 6670
Provides students with opportunities to learn, by practical fieldwork, how successful new technological ventures are created, developed, and financed. Students work in small teams with guidance from experienced entrepreneurs. Business plans are developed, and a formal report to a sponsoring company is required. Prerequisite: MGMT 6620. Spring term annually. 3 credit hours.

 

Entrepreneurship Continuum

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