Venture Practicum

BUSI 758V – 3 Credits


Course Description

The Venture Practicum Course consists of a semester-long consulting engagement with some of the areas’ most interesting startups. The participating startups will be sourced through the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Dingman Center Angels investor network and other regional partners. The course will expose students to the opportunities and challenges of starting and growing a new venture.

The Venture Practicum course affords MBA students the opportunity to hone a wide range of skills in a "living case" environment. While working in cross-functional teams, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Define the project goals, deliverables, timelines, and processes with input from the client and a faculty advisor
  • Get real insight into the startup life
  • Build new skills in project management and domain expertise
  • Develop leadership acumen
  • Apply classroom principles to real business problems
  • Enhance your resume with tangible experience and see the outcomes of your work in practice

Students will spend a majority of their “class” time in their host firms and will identify specific problem areas to help the startup address and define the nature of the solution. There will be only a few required in-class sessions during the duration of the semester.

Sample projects in the past included developing a fundraising strategy, product development plan, social media efficacy analysis, sales playbook, and market expansion strategy. Students will be exposed to other early stage companies and the angel capital fundraising process through participation in the Dingman Center Angels Review Day, a monthly screening for regional companies applying to present to the Dingman Center Angels investor network.