We learn by doing...

For HBS entrepreneurs and for the “startup curious” joiner/investor, this course provides hands-on instruction through the early stages of building your business. In teams of 2-4, students will test assumptions and hypotheses to evolve their product, build their strategic and operating roadmaps, create organizational plans and develop skills necessary to manage the many complexities of operating a startup. Sessions feature skill-building exercises led by the instructor and outside experts and weekly peer-to-peer critiques on work-in-progress. There are no case discussions in this course other than students’ ventures. All deliverables are designed to move student ventures forward.

The course is structured for HBS students who wish to gain practical skills and further their businesses while pursuing their MBAs, for those who wish to join a startup after graduation or for aspiring investors who want to gain a better understanding of startup operations.

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