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Minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups (IDS)

Minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups (IDS) at the iSchool

Learn how to turn an idea into a viable venture while earning course credit with the Minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups (IDS).

IDS students receive guidance from experts on everything entrepreneurial. You’ll build your venture from the ground up. You will practice pitching your idea in business competitions to raise capital. Along the way, you’ll learn to organize your world-changing, social entrepreneurial effort.

Classes are taught by faculty who approach entrepreneurship from an interdisciplinary perspective. Combine that with a team of community partners and mentors who can help make the right connections, IDS can help you do something with your ideas and launch your venture.

What You Will Learn


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 credites of Electives. The IDS minor is open to undergraduate students in all majors. Select IDS classes are also open to graduate students.

The IDS Core

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?

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How to Apply

The minor application form and instructions can be found on the Student Services webpage.
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Have questions?
Email Sheila Clifford-Bova at