New Venture Creation

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED 9:30 - 11:00 am RRH 5.420


Same as LAW 379M, New Venture Creation. This is a Business School course, cross-listed with the Law School.

My goal for each student taking this class is to teach you as much about the new venture creation process as possible. Regardless of the line of work you pursue after earning your master’s degree, your ability to approach a business problem using an entrepreneurial skill set will always be valuable and differentiate you from your peers. What frequently is the deciding factor for financing a venture, whether inside a large company or in the private equity markets, is the entrepreneur’s ability to articulate what the business is about, why it will succeed and ultimately how it will produce enough of a profit to give investors a return on their investment. Your ability to do this has very little to do with the actual writing of the business plan. The best business plans and presentations are the documentation of well thought-out and thorough market validation, business model development and financial projections passionately communicated and firmly grounded in facts. By performing these functions effectively, the writing and presenting of the business plan becomes a straight-forward, objective process. This class is designed to give you the hands-on experience of developing all of these skills while producing a viable plan for a new venture. I strongly encourage you to think of this as an opportunity to develop a business plan for a venture you will likely pursue at some point in your career. The format of this class will cover each of the major components you need to develop a viable business and review real business plans and presentations from previous Venture Labs Investment Competitions (formerly Moot Corp®) using case based analysis. This will give you the theory and the practical application of the theory in a real world environment. This course can only be taken for a grade.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Running Lean (optional)
Maurya, Ash
Ingram Publisher Services , edition: 2
ISBN: 978-1-4493-0517-8
Get Backed (optional)
Baehr, Evan and Loomis, Evan
Ingram Publisher Services , edition: 1
ISBN: 978-1-63369-072-1

Important Class Changes

Date Updated
07/18/2024 Room(s) changed
07/18/2024 Instructor(s) updated