Interest in entrepreneurship has skyrocketed. Much of the growth in our modern economy is driven by scalable startups. The availability of cheaper building blocks has led to increase in startups, which have become exciting opportunities for potential founders and early employees. Beyond startups, established companies seek out new opportunities to sustain growth and competitive advantage. Social entrepreneurs are also employing entrepreneurial thinking to address major social and environmental issues. In short, entrepreneurial thinking is sought across industries and sectors.
The mission of Introduction to Venturing is to expose you to the skills, joys, and frustrations of being an entrepreneur, and for those brave enough, prepare them to start and nurture their own businesses whether they do so immediately or later in their careers. We strive to develop your 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 appropriate for anyone with a strong interest in new ventures (including social ventures). This includes not only potential entrepreneurs, but also those interested in the financing of new ventures, working in new ventures, or in broader general management of new or small organizations.
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
Damon J. Phillips is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise. He received his PhD from Stanford University. Before joining Columbia in 2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (from 1998-2011). During the 2010-2011 academic year he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Professor Phillips has expertise...