Interest in entrepreneurship has skyrocketed. Much of the growth in our modern economy now comes from scalable startups. The availability of cheap building blocks has created an explosion of digital startups. Social entrepreneurs are employing entrepreneurial thinking to address major social and environmental issues. Beyond startups, established companies seek out new opportunities to sustain growth and competitive advantage. In short, entrepreneurs are needed and wanted in all industries and sectors.
The mission of Introduction to Venturing is to expose students to the joys and frustrations of an entrepreneurial career, and for those brave enough, prepare them to start and nurture their own businesses. It strives to develop skills in opportunity identification and evaluation as well as an understanding of the steps and competencies required to launch a new business. The class is based mostly on case discussion, enhanced by a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers and student presentations of their team entrepreneurial projects. The class is appropriate for anyone with a strong interest in new ventures (including social ventures). It is useful not only for the potential entrepreneur, but also for those interested in the financing of new ventures or in broader general management (as the start-up demands general management in an intensified way).
Faculty of Executive Education
Professor Low is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading authority on entrepreneurship in independent, corporate and not-for-profit settings. As the founder of the Columbia Entrepreneurship Program, he has worked to make entrepreneurship a viable career option for MBA graduates. As the Co-Director of IE@Columbia, he has worked with faculty, students and staff across the University to spread innovation and entrepreneurship. He has also...