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The D’Amore-McKim MS in Technological Entrepreneurship offers an immersion in the frameworks and methods needed for successful entrepreneurship.

Whether your aspiration is to launch a new business or create a new business unit for your current employer, the MS in Technological Entrepreneurship is a powerful, compact program that will help you achieve your goals.

This program is offered full-time and part-time. The full-time option is designed for completion in three semesters, from September through June.

The part-time option is designed for completion in two calendar years. Students work with their advisors on course sequencing.

Curriculum (30 credits)

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Enterprise Growth and Innovation

Explores the challenges and processes for harnessing technological innovation for new-business development. Integrates technology strategy, innovation in marketing, product development, and organization design for the purpose of enterprise growth. Through readings, cases, and exercises, studies how firms from different industries gain competitive advantage through distinctive products and services, and leverage their technologies and skills into new emerging markets. Also focuses on processes for conceiving, financing, and organizing new ventures.

3 credits

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Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

Covers the role emerging technologies play in innovation for new ventures and established corporations. Includes a mix of theory and practical knowledge. Topics covered include technology disruption, diffusion, life cycles, and research-and-development strategy. Explores, in detail, the technical and market opportunities for current and emerging technologies across a broad spectrum of industries.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Marketing & Selling

Examines the specific situation of entrepreneurial marketing. Topics include how to perform a market analysis when there are limited resources and tight schedules to be met. Also addresses new market situations, opportunity assessment, customer segmentation, going to market, and writing a marketing plan.

3 credits

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Business Planning for New Ventures

Gives students the opportunity to build a complete business plan for new high-potential ventures. Covers all aspects of the planning process, from the point of view of both the prospective entrepreneur and the potential investor. Explores the demands of the entrepreneurial career through reading, self-assessment exercises, and group projects. Guest speakers from startup companies, law firms, and venture capital firms provide a window on current experiences in the small-business world. Recommended for prospective entrepreneurs as well as others who may become involved with new ventures.

3 credits

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Business Model Design & Innovation

Introduces major topics in the modern understanding of business models: their essence and role in securing competitive advantage, key components and design of business models, business model change and innovation, technology commercialization through sustaining business models, financial representation of a business model, and validation of developed business models.

3 credits

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Lean Design and Development

Covers the intersection of customer research with product design, specifically lean design and how to map abstract attributes that customers seek into concrete product designs that can actually be built. Other topics include managing the technology business interface, creating product teams, and drafting product development plans.

3 credits

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Financing Ventures from Early Stage to Exit

Introduces students to the financing process for ventures from early stage to exit. Exposes students to various financing options, which may include crowdsourcing, the American JOBS Act, and foreign-sourced capital, as well as different types of debt and equity financing. Offers students an opportunity to learn about analyzing financial aspects of term sheets, including valuation methodologies and other financing documents.

3 credits

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Managing a Technology-Based Business

Covers topics specific to managing a business or a strategic business unit within a firm. Considers the special issues related to technology-based firms. Topics include creating a culture, operations planning, staffing for technical excellence, dealing with technology vendors, dealing with advisers, supply chain management, and writing operations plans.

3 credits

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The Technical Entrepreneur as Leader

Focuses on the personal skills an entrepreneur needs to lead and persuade others. Students read about and complete exercises on leadership and selling ideas. In addition, students meet members of the entrepreneurship community in New England. Stresses communications skills, both written and oral, along with self-discovery of leadership style.

3 credits

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View elective options in the following areas of study: Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance and Insurance, Human Resources Management, International Business, Managerial Economics, Marketing, Management, Supply Chain Management, Strategy.

3 credits

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Download MSTE Student Learning Outcomes for this program (PDF).