Entrepreneurship Courses

Want to Change the World? Start Your Own Business!

If you are a student, at any level, undergraduate or graduate, who wants to start their own business, develop an innovative product or service and change the world - read on!

Start to make it happen by joining a diverse, campus-wide community of like-minded students. You will find supportive, experienced coaches, mentors and faculty and both local and alumni entrepreneurs. You will receive guidance on everything from how to bootstrap your venture, to raising the necessary capital, to properly organizing your world-changing, social entrepreneurial effort. You’ll also have a doorway into the fast moving and growing stream of startups choosing to locate in Upstate New York as well as those started by alumni all over the world. They are eager to welcome you to the global startup community and to help you accelerate your venture. 

The Classes

IDS 401 - What’s the Big Idea? (WTBI) / IST 627 (for graduate students)
Anyone with a great idea, skill or a passion to acomplish something extraordinary that could turn into a viable business venture. What’s the Big Idea? focuses on idea exploration, discovery and focus. The goals of WTBI are to identify both problems and solutions that you are passionate about as well as both a market and team who share your passion. WTBI is open to all students regardless of major. Students whose ideas have excellent potential to become viable ventures will be invited to enroll in the Idea2Startup course.
401: W 12:45 – 3:30 PM / 627: Th 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

IDS 402 Idea2StartUp (I2S) / IST 684 (for graduate students)
Idea2Startup will take your venture ideas, typically developed in WTBI, and establishes an actionable plan for the launch of the startup. The goal of I2S is for students to have a venture ready to go – including legal documents, financial plan, marketing, proof-of-concept and website – by the end of the course. I2S is open to all students regardless of major. Students who have not taken What’s the Big Idea? must petition to register and submit a one page description about your great idea (So what?), your market (Who cares?) and your team (Why you?)
W 5:15 – 8:35 PM

IDS 403 Student Sandbox (Sandbox)
This is where students launch their business. While in the Sandbox, students focus their ventures, refine their team, explore financing, adopt or invent a business model, fine tune marketing and selling strategies, along with creating a proof of concept, service, or website. Students may register for the Sandbox each semester to work on their venture and receive credit (variable credit 1-6). Students in the Sandbox course have access to the Entrepreneur in Residence, John Liddy, volunteer mentors, and the technology and space for their venture at The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse.

The Minor

Information Technology, Design & Startups
(18 credits) at Syracuse University provides basic knowledge and skills to start a successful venture. The IDS minor is open to all students regardless of major. The minor is taught by faculty members who approach entrepreneurship from multi-disciplinary perspectives, as well as a team of community partners and mentors who can help make the right connections to jump-start a startup. 

The Required Courses:

  • IDS 401 What’s the Big Idea? (3 credits)
  • IDS 402 Idea2StartUp (3 credits)
  • IDS 403 IDEA Sandbox (1-6 credits)
  • EEE 370 Intro to Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Electives (3 - 6 credits)

Suggested electives are available from the iSchool, Whitman EEE, VPA Design, and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science.

There have been many diverse and successful companies that have started and launched from the courses in this minor and have been advised by the mentors at the downtown Tech Garden. Thirty-nine teams were part of the program this last year alone!

Here is a list of just a few:

BrandYourself, SkillAddiction, Rounded, Grafighters, Helios, YouShouldDateMe, Craftistas, PsyQic and Little Tinker Co.

More info at: idea.syr.edu

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