Foundations of Entrepreneurship is designed to expose MBA students to the skills, joys, and frustrations of being an entrepreneur—and for some, to prepare you to start and nurture your own business. We will work together to develop your skills in opportunity evaluation, as well as an understanding of the steps and competencies required to launch a new business. Specific topics include characteristics of successful startups, techniques for finding and evaluating new ideas, customer acquisition, entrepreneurial finance, valuation and deal making, forming effective partnerships, buying and selling a business, family business dynamics, and learning how to pitch. The class is appropriate for those with an interest in the unique challenges and opportunities associated with new ventures—this includes potential entrepreneurs, those interested in the financing of new ventures, working in new ventures, or in the management of new or small organizations more generally.
If you believe that you should be enrolled in Launch your Startup without having to take Foundations of Entrepreneurship, you must send an exemption request to [email protected]. Your request should be brief but specific, including relevant background information (e.g., entrepreneurship coursework and work experience) and any progress you’ve made on your idea to date (e.g., customer discovery). Please allow at least one week for a response, as your request may require deliberations among faculty.
NOTE: Following school policy, students MAY NOT enroll in Foundations of Entrepreneurship and Launch Your Startup concurrently, and exemption waivers will be granted to full-time MBA students ONLY.
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of Business
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...