Conference Dates

January 12-16, 2003


This presentation will overview the experiences of teaching a course called 'New Technical Ventures' to engineers and computer scientists at The Johns Hopkins University over the past several years. The course is aimed at engineers with no prior business courses and who have aspirations of starting or joining an early stage high tech venture. It is based in part on the author's book 'Leveraging the Horizon' to be published in early 2003 by Executive Excellence. The course has been offered both in the classroom and as an online course. The course covers the traits of the entrepreneur, innovation, selecting and evaluating a venture opportunity, developing marketing and financial plans, sources of capital, presenting a business plan. This presentation will describe what has worked well and what has not in this course.