Information Technology, Design, and Startups

Become an entrepreneur and turn your business idea into a reality.

If you’ve got a world-changing  business idea, it’s time to do something about it.  The iSchool’s minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups (IDS) will guide you through turning your idea into a viable venture, and it’s available to all undergraduate students regardless of their primary college or major.

As an IDS student, you’ll take three courses covering the ideation and team-building process, developing and launching a product, and accelerating your growth — all from professors who are successful entrepreneurs and experts in the field.

In the end you’ll be equipped with the skills required to listen to the needs of your community, bring your ideas into the world, and grow and sustain a successful startup enterprise.

IDS 401 – What’s the big idea?

This introductory course focuses on idea exploration, discovery, and focus. IST 401 helps you identify both problems and solutions that you are passionate about.

EEE 370 – Introduction to entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises

EEE 370, a course offered by the Martin J. Whitman School of Business, focuses on studying what it takes to start, grow, and sustain new ventures. Students will study entrepreneurs and their teams, evaluate opportunities, create a venture plan, and secure resources.

IDS 402 – Idea2Startup

IDS 402 takes the idea you developed in IST 401 and establishes an actionable plan for launching your venture. Students will have a venture ready to go—including legal documents, financial plan, marketing, proof-of-concept and website—by the end of the course.

IDS 403 – Student Sandbox

Students launch their business from the Student Sandbox. While in the Sandbox, students focus their ventures, refine their team, explore financing, and adopt or invent a business model. Finally, students fine-tune marketing strategies and create a proof of concept, service, or website.

Want to know more about the IDS curriculum?

View Curriculum in Course Catalog

The IDS minor is an 18-credit program that provides the basic knowledge and skills to start a successful venture. the 18 credits includes 10 credits of Required Courses and 8 credits of Electives. The IDS minor is open to undergraduate students in all majors. Select IDS classes are also open to graduate students.

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