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Summer 2014 Course Offerings

Students in a classroom

ENTP 299-001: Social Entrepreneurship
CRN: 42922
Mondays: 11:00AM to 1:50PM
Prof: Damian Salas

This course examines how social entrepreneurs launch successful ventures to address the world’s most challenging social and environmental problems. It introduces students to frameworks and methodologies that challenge current models to advance original solutions to existing problems. A passion for social change is advanced by adopting a market orientation and data driven approach that encompasses both social and financial outcomes.

ENTP 499-002: Launch It!
CRN: 42921
Wednesdays: 6:00PM to 8:50PM
Prof: Damian Salas

During the ten-week course, you will be expected to work on the actual launching of a start-up. You will talk to customers, partners, and competitors as you encounter the iterative process of how a start-up actually works. You will work in teams, learning how to turn your business idea into a great company. You will learn how to experiment with different business models, validate a market need through customer development, and build all facets of a start-up company. Two-thousand dollars in seed funding is available per idea/team as part of the course. Finally, you will see how to rapidly iterate your product to build something customers will use and buy. Each week will be a new adventure outside of the classroom as you test each part of your business model and then share that hard earned knowledge with the rest of the class.

Launch It! is designed for those serious about being entrepreneurs, and not for the faint of heart. Students who have already registered or are interested in the course must complete the Launch It! Application and submit it to Professor Damian Salas for final consideration. For more information, please contact Professor Salas at:

ENTP 499-001: Launch It! Early Stage
ECE Students Only
Dates/Times TBA
Prof: Charles Sacco

In the course, students will be expected to identify an opportunity and propose the launch of a company. Working in teams, students will also learn how to experiment with different business models, validate a market need, and build all facets of a start-up company. Students will be expected to achieve milestones and propose key risks on which the business’ success depends.