This course will pair up MBA students from Columbia Business School with Seniors/Master’s/PhD students from Computer Science department to form teams of two (or more) who will be guided through an entrepreneurial experience of building a technology startup.
The course will be very hands on! The course will also have a team of 20+ Industry Advisors/Mentors (CEOs, CTOs and VC Partners of various firms) who will engage with students to help them convert their idea into a sustainable technology business. The course is primarily focused on building a technology startup. Student teams (composed of
CS/Engineering and Business students) will test feasibility of the idea/innovation, build the product, develop customers, study sales channels and try to raise capital during the span of 4 months. Industry mentors will critique the student teams and their ideas through various stages of the startup implementation addressing such questions related to feasibility, market attractiveness, customer acquisition, metrics, launch strategy and more. The students will be able to interact with CEOs for business mentorship, CTOs for technical mentorship and VC firm partners for advice on the capital raising process.
Sameer Maskey was a Columbia Business School faculty member from to 2016.