Welcome to the final Redesign of the “Entrepreneurship & Impact” honors course at our university! We are excited to introduce you to the new and improved syllabus that we have created, which is tailored to the needs and motivations of our prospective students. To ensure that we were able to design a course that truly meets the needs of our students, we conducted extensive research through a market analysis that included a university-wide questionnaire and in-person interviews.
As a result of this research, we have developed a comprehensive syllabus that is designed to empower our students to start their own businesses and make a positive impact in the world. We believe that the current educational system is not providing students with the tools they need to succeed as entrepreneurs, such as entrepreneurial skills, knowledge about the tax system, different types of businesses, negotiating skills, and presenting skills.
To help our students overcome these challenges, we have created a website specifically for this course, which includes a wealth of resources and information to help students succeed in their entrepreneurial pursuits. We encourage you to explore this website and take advantage of all the resources it has to offer. We believe that with the right knowledge and skills, our students can achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and make a meaningful impact on the world.
The website in combination with this document includes all components of the final redesign, so please take a look at the website (link can be found here) and have fun reading and exploring all about our project!
Vijay, Lucy, Hadda
Week 1: Introduction to entrepreneurship and impact
Week 2: Market research and customer discovery
Week 3: Business models and revenue streams
Week 4: Building a team and culture
Week 5: Legal and regulatory considerations
Week 6: Raising capital
Week 7: Marketing and branding
Week 8: Sales and customer acquisition
Week 9: Operations and supply chain management
Week 10: Financial management and accounting
Week 11: Product development and innovation
Week 12: Scaling and growth
Week 13: Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
Week 14: Final project presentations
Furthermore, we were asked for ways to evaluate the progress of students throughout the entrepreneurship and impact course. Here we have given some potential checkpoints that could be used to evaluate the progress of students throughout the entrepreneurship and impact course:
We also decided to give some suggestions regarding field activities for the course. Field activities could be beneficial to include in the entrepreneurship and impact course for the following reasons:
Here we have given seven potential field activities that could be incorporated in to the program:
Based on our analysis, the main educational challenge in our final redesign of the entrepreneurship and impact course is the lack of practical, hands-on experience and resources for students interested in starting their own businesses. Through observations and interviews with stakeholders, including current and prospective students, entrepreneurs, and industry experts, we have identified several key issues:
To address these challenges, our final redesign includes a range of field activities, such as customer interviews, company visits, and networking events, as well as practical skills training, such as financial modeling and pitch preparation. We have also incorporated mentorship and support from entrepreneurs and industry experts to provide students with access to real-world knowledge and connections. Our goal is to empower students with the confidence and resources they need to overcome fear and uncertainty and turn their entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.
Our proposed solution to tackle the educational challenge described in the entrepreneurship and impact course is to create a minimum viable product (MVP) that provides students with practical, hands-on experience and resources for starting their own businesses.
The MVP would include the following key features:
Overall, our MVP aims to provide students with the practical skills, knowledge, and resources they need to overcome fear and uncertainty and turn their entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.
Under here you will find 10 scientific perspectives that provide a justification for the redesign of the entrepreneurship and impact course: