Foundations of Entrepreneurship serves as the gateway course to the entrepreneurship curriculum at CBS. The class is designed to provide a broad survey of concepts and skills that will benefit aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as students who want to work for a startup, operate entrepreneurially within a more mature organization, invest in new ventures, or some combination thereof.
Each class session is devoted to a particular topic, which we cover through a combination of lecture, case-based, discussion, and in-class activities. Specific topics covered include: characteristics of successful startups and entrepreneurs; techniques for generating, identifying, and evaluating new ideas; forming and maintaining effective partnerships; customer discovery and acquisition; entrepreneurial finance, valuation and deal-making; entrepreneurship in international contexts; startup culture; exits; career tradeoffs; and learning how to pitch yourself and your business. Most class sessions also include a guest speaker, ranging from recent CBS alum entrepreneurs to high-profile VC's and angel investors. Over the course of the semester, students will work in teams to develop an idea for a new business, culminating in an end-of-term pitch and final paper.
Please note that, while all are welcome, this course is designed for students who have limited-to-no experience in the startup ecosystem. This course also serves as a pre-requisite for Launch Your Startup.
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...