Overcoming Obstacles to Entrepreneurial Success



About the Class


Focuses on identifying, understanding, and coping with problems that arise from the founding of a new enterprise on the pathway to entrepreneurial success. Successful entrepreneurs, including VCs and social impact founder-builders, are recruited to develop brief descriptions of major issues to overcome. Student teams proposed solutions for class discussion with the speaker, followed by the speaker's response and presentation of what was actually done and why. The speaker then relates the rest of the company's development up to the present. Class begins with discusison of related academic entrepreneurship research and day's topic and ends with synopsis of take-away lessons. Participation in Delta v, MIT Fuse, MIT 100K Finals, or Sandbox 10K can also be considered a prerequisite. Subject is prototype of preferred "dual-track" approach to entrepreneurial education, which integrates academic research and practitioner experience.